A Lovesome Thing

A Lovesome Thing

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Lotte is in unfamiliar territory: after divorce and a deal of soul-searching, she's abandoned her successful architectural career to get a degree in Garden History, uprooted her children and become Head Gardener to billionaire Brody Keegan. Soon she finds herself locking horns with her boss.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 27mm | 272g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
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  • 014100441X
  • 9780141004419

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If gardening really is the new cooking then this novel by Prue Leith is a confection to be savoured. Enjoyment of her research shines through and the picture map on the endpapers is informative and attractive. Charlotte is over the moon when she secures the post of Head Gardener at Maddon Hall. With her three children she moves to a cottage and sets about restoring the estate to its former glory. Clashes follow as she is thwarted by the taste of her employer multi-millionaire Brody Keegan and his trophy wife. Gradually compromises are reached. But as the garden takes shape other things grow too. There is Charlotte's relationship with an Oxford archivist, her daughter's transition from spotty adolescence to lovesick teenager and Jade Keegan's jealousy. When Brody suffers a heavy financial loss Charlotte finds herself the only gardener. She is sure she can cope until fortunes are restored, but can she? Tired out and emotionally weakened she has to make choices. Leith's creation of setting and characters make this an engaging read. (Kirkus UK)show more

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