Winner of The Romantic Novel of the Year 2006. Warm, romantic fiction with the Italian Lakes and a love of gardening thrown in. She’s a delight!
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The Gardens of Delight brochure promises the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and enchanting gardens in the Lake Como area of Italy.
For Lucy, the chance to go to Italy offers more than just gardens. Lake Como is where her father lives and the last time she saw him was when she was just a teenager.
Recently married Helen and her wealthy husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband spending so much time away from home, Helen throws herself into caring for the garden that was the pride and joy of its previous owner. But Helen needs help - and friends - and so decides to take the plunge and join the local Garden Club.
Conrad isn't the least bit interested in gardening. Widowed for five years, his life revolves around work and humouring Mac, his curmudgeonly elderly uncle who lives with him, and who has expressed a desire to go on the Gardens of Delight tour. But only if Conrad will accompany him. Reluctantly, Conrad agrees. 'Anything for a peaceful life,' he concedes.
But a peaceful life is the last thing any of them are in for...
Closing date: 03/07/2018
"Erica James has established herself as one of the doyennes of romantic fiction."
"Erica James' speciality is showing what follows when extraordinary things happen to ordinary people and this latest novel is no exception. James is a skilful writer possessing great sympathy and humour and this moving tale will not disappoint." GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||5th June 2014|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion. The author of many bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestseller, Promises, Promises. Erica now divides her time between ...More About Erica James