Friday, 22 May 2015

Coming Up Roses – by Rachael Lucas

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My own copy

The blurb:

Would-be gardener Daisy can’t believe her luck when her parents announce they’re off on a midlife crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spot of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs.

A shoulder to cry on wouldn't go amiss either - so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own…

As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George begin to take root. Daisy’s heart’s desire − her parent’s garden − is under threat, and Daisy's forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

When Daisy’s parents go away traveling she goes house-sitting their house and also looks after the garden. It’s just what she needs after some rocky months, including a breakup. A quiet town, some gardening and TV times.

She bumps into Elaine and a bit later into Jo and the three of them become great friends. I really admired their friendship and loved how they were there for each other. Elaine and Jo got their story told as well and both of them very really emotional. Elaine dealing with her husband and enjoying blogging and Jo with her teenage daughter and the father of Martha suddenly in the picture again.

She also makes friends with other people in the town and suddenly is really busy. Thomas, an old man, becomes a close friend to her as well. I loved how he looked out for her and just wanted the best for Daisy. When her parents want to sell the house, everything gets more complicated and interesting.

Of course, there is also a potential love interest. He’s called George and is Irish, it takes a while until they start going out and it’s always a bit on the hesitant side from Daisy. I had a weird feeling about him from the start. I preferred Ned, the local vet, and I always felt that something came from his side. Well, I’m sorry, back to George, he had some surprises in for sure. Daisy’s ex Jamie turns up at one point as well. Well, who will she pick in the end?!

Steeple St John is a cute village with a lot of charm and special people. Coming Up Roses is a story of friendship, letting go, moving on, family, passion and village life. The storyline is sweet and gripping, although I felt that the pace was a bit slow at times. It’s a wonderful curl-up, feel-good book full of surprises and written beautifully. I actually hope there will be more stories set in this village and I can’t wait to read mor Rachael Lucas books for sure.


My possible cast:

Daisy: Isla Fisher

Elaine: Kirsten Dunst

Jo: Lizzy Caplan

Rachael on Twitter: @karamina

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