A racy read, ideal for a holiday, which is where it’s set. Almost claustrophobically focused on Jenn, her husband Greg, step-daughter Emma and Nathan, the 17 year old temptation with whom Jenn becomes obsessed. There are moments which are barely plausible and the ending is a little frustratingly cliffhangered but it’s a sexy darkly fascinating exploration of the all too often taboo subject of older women’s sexuality. Short and full of lust, it would evoke interesting discussions within a reading group.
Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca's dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn's stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan's youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.
Jenn and her husband Gregg return to their favourite island, Mallorca, for the summer holidays, hoping for the usual sun, relaxation and good food, but this year things don’t quite work out as planned. Jenn’s 15-year-old stepdaughter Emma invites her boy friend Nathan along, and as soon as he arrives the atmosphere is electric between him and Jenn. Before long the two have stepped over a forbidden line, and as the temperature rises, the sexual tension between them ratchets up. Emotions finally explode with potentially disastrous repercussions. Walsh’s sensual and gripping tale merges passion with obsession in this highly enjoyable, erotically charged page-turner.
'This year's Beautiful Ruins'
'Breathtaking' Daily Telegraph
'I cannot imagine a more gripping, sexy summer read; I loved it' Jenny Colgan, author of The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
'The Lemon Grove is a slinky, sultry, seductress of a novel that kept me reading long past bedtime. Titillating and tense, poignant and honest, Helen Walsh's tale of forbidden desire satisfies on all levels' -- Lori Lansens, author of The Girls
'Should be at the top of your summer reading list' Stylist
'This is your next Gone Girl. It's a sultry, sexy, intense story about the lure of the forbidden, and you won't know who to trust - a definite page turner' Cosmopolitan
'A steamy study of transgressive passion' Sunday Express
'[A] sultry, fast-paced tale about boundaries crossed, relationships jepordised and a family dynamic irrevocably changed. Beautifully written and hugely atmospheric, this is a rare gem of a novel whose tempting tones will stay with its reader long after the final page' -- Unlikely Bookworm
'A brilliant study of lust and obsession, where desire cancels out caution and restraint. The writing is sensuous and sexy, with a nail-biting sense of trepidation, as things spiral out of control. Unputdownable' Marie Claire
'Extraordinarily, electrifyingly good' -- Lisa Jewell
'Sultry and shocking' Woman & Home
Publication date: 19/06/2014
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||19th June 2014|
|Publisher:||Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Helen Walsh was born in Warrington in 1977 and moved to Barcelona at the age of sixteen. Working as a fixer in the red light district, she saved enough money to put herself through language school. Burnt out and broke, she returned to England a year later and now works with socially excluded teenagers in North Liverpool. Author photo © Jerry BauerMore About Helen Walsh