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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Review - A Good Year For The Roses by Gil McNeil

Over the summer, I read some fabulous books - and at the top of the list of great reads is "A Good Year For The Roses."

About The Book:

Life hasn't been a bed of roses for Londoner Molly Taylor lately. Newly divorced and struggling to find a new home and a way to support her three boys, she's stunned when her beloved Aunt Helena dies and leaves her Harrington Hall, a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast, where Molly grew up.

But does Molly really want to run a bed-and-breakfast in an old house where the only thing that doesn't need urgent attention is Aunt Helena's beautiful rose garden? Or care for Uncle Bertie, an eccentric former navy officer with a cliff-top cannon? Or Betty, his rude parrot that bites whomever annoys it?

Yet Molly's best friend Lola is all for the plan. "My heart bleeds. Your very own beach, the beautiful house, and Helena's garden. All you have to do is grill a bit of bacon."
But with Molly's conniving brother running the family hotel nearby, the return of a high school flame with ulterior motives, and three sons whose idea of a new country life seems to involve vast quantities of mud, this is not going to be easy. And then Harrington Hall begins to work its magic, and the roses start to bloom...
Warm, witty, and chock-full of quintessential British charm, A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over...with or without bacon.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this story - the cast of characters are personable and lively and eccentric - just like most families!  I could especially relate to Molly, the mother of three energetic boys that keep her on her toes consistently (have four of my own - I know how tiring but how fun it can be!)

I also admired how Molly gained her self-confidence through the story, becoming strong enough to stand up to her bullying father and brother and be sure of what she was proud of accomplishing.

Fans of contemporary women's fiction will adore this book.  I highly recommend it!

About The Author:

Gil McNeil is the author of The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club, Needles and Pearls, and Knit One Pearl One. She lives in Kent, England, with her son.

My thanks to Hyperion Books for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Mary (Bookfan) said...

I have this on my shelf so I'm glad to see you liked it!

Mystica said...

This looks very interesting.

Beth Hoffman said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Sharon!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I enjoyed this one. Loved the Britishness!