Coming Up Roses by Rachael Lucas
When I received this book to review I had just moved house, and it was winter. I had a new garden to get used to and to bring back to some semblance of order. The day I started this book was cold, windy and wet. I curled up on the sofa and was instantly transported to sunny gays, large villages that have become small towns, and introduced to a girl called Daisy who has been badly hurt and who on going home to Mum and Dad discovers that they are going SKIing (spending the kids inheritance) and can she please look after the dog? Well, almost.
Daisy has retrained as a gardener and her parents think the cure for her broken heart would be to wrestle their long neglected garden back into order. Daisy knows no-one in the village and is determined that is how it will stay.
Introducing herself to someone who will become a friend by soaking her with a hosepipe is probably not the best start, but Daisy overcomes her reservations and gradually becomes drawn into village life despite her best efforts.
There is so much in this book I recognise, the village organiser, the elderly widower who helps Daisy, the allotments, the fund raising and village get togethers’, the pub. The blogging references. The elderly dog. The story is busy, with the starts of a romance, the let down from her parents when the house is put on the market underneath her, the developing friendship between her, Jo and Elaine who both have stories of their own which need Daisy to support them.
I am not going to give any spoilers here. Suffice to say that this book is a great read, I am currently reading it again, and I would recommend it as a light hearted read. Perfect for a holiday, but will Daisy get her happy ending? Read it and find out!