For many, many years one of my favorite things has been our local library book sales. I had not been since the pandemic began but I went this week. This month’s LWD Book Club selection is one of the books I bought – The French Gardener. The setting alone is enough for me to look forward to this one.
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The French Gardener
by Santa Montefiore
“A neglected garden. A cottage that holds a secret. A mysterious and handsome Frenchman. Prepare to be “spellbound by the sheer charm” (Daily Express, UK) of Santa Montefiore’s tender and powerful novel about passion, loss, and the healing power of love.
It begins as Miranda and David Claybourne move into a country house with a once-beautiful garden. But reality turns out to be very different from their dream. Soon the latent unhappiness in the family begins to come to the surface, isolating each family member in a bubble of resentment and loneliness.
Then an enigmatic Frenchman arrives on their doorstep. With the wisdom of nature, he slowly begins to heal the past and the present. But who is he? When Miranda reads about his past in a diary she finds in the cottage by the garden, the whole family learns that a garden, like love itself, can restore the human spirit, not just season after season, but generation after generation.
Wise and winsome, poignant and powerfully moving, The French Gardener is a contemporary story told with an old-fashioned sensibility steeped in the importance of family and the magical power of love.” (Amazon)
Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
WHAT ARE YOU READING LATELY?
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I’m reading a lot of cosy mysteries with a craft theme to them, thanks to it apparently being a popular genre choice for the crafters book club. I’ve also been reading a series by Robert Sawyer called the “WWW” series (the first is “WWW Wake” if you’re interested) about a girl who has been blind since birth getting a sort of implant behind her eye to help her gain sight, which it turns out also helps an emerging consciousness inside the internet to make the progress required to become fully conscious.
Deanna Piercy says
Thanks for the suggestions!