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    Fabulous escapism

    Trisha Ashley very much has her own style of writing and this is another great example of it, Marnie is a very strong character who escaped her controlling husband five years ago however the fear of seeing him again meant she left Lancashire and spent the interim time working as a gardener at various french locations. She finally feels safe to return to England however can only find employment in a small Lancashire village, ironically her deceased mum’s birthplace which Marnie herself has never been to. Whilst there is a degree of predictability each of Trisha’s books have such interesting characters, often strong and independent with no requirement to conform to expected norms which is very refreshing and a hint of past mystery which work extremely well, not to mention there is often a nod to previous characters which I enjoy. I loved learning about the garden and the passion there, whilst gardening isn’t my thing it didn’t make it any less enjoyable as it was such a part of the characters. Overall this was a very relaxing, escapist read.
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    Top read

    Great characters and story line, highly recommend .
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    Really enjoyable read

    Garden and flower lovers will really enjoy this book as the main character Marnie is a gardener and has just been hired to help restore an old overgrown garden in an old historic house that is just being opened to the public. There are great descriptions of the flowers unearthed, especially some lovely roses, which I made a note of to check out too! Marnie escaped a bad marriage by going to France to work on a variety of gardens, including her adopted family's new chateau, but feels it is time to come back to her Lancashire roots and stop hiding from her past, which is why she accepted this job. Once there she bumps into a old college friend, Ned, who initially has doubts about Marnie because of certain (false) rumours he's heard, but he soon realises she is a hard worker and they settle into a good working routine, that gradually turns into more. But Marnie has also been warned by her late Mother to stay away from Jericho's End, which is where the new job is, as her Mother came from there and there are family around, but they are 'interesting' characters and not ones she'd necessarily want to be family! There are a few secrets that are eventually exposed that cause problems between Marnie and Ned, but they get through it. They are so perfect for each other, it just takes them a while to get there! Really enjoyable read - I do love a Trisha Ashley book!
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