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Orange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanlan
  

Orange Blossom Days

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A large collection of multi-national, mostly retired couples, invest in a new development of luxury apartments, La Joya, in Andalucia on the Costa del Sol in Spain. We follow a securely married Irish couple with a demanding family, an American mother of twin girls with a serial-womanising husband and a Spanish control freak with a wife who is attempting to find inner peace. Frequently visiting the complex is a German interior designer and letting agent married to a Spanish property developer and a highly efficient female Spanish community manager who looks after the place. In clean strokes the author paints their portraits in swift, interlocking sections, you get to know them all very quickly. All appears blissful until the Spanish economy plummets and the Irish euro hits rock bottom. Problems ensue both financially and emotionally with many a twist and surprise thrown at you. This is lively, sensitive and insightful, a big novel with plenty to get your teeth into. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Patricia Scanlan you might also like to read books by Maeve Binchy, Sheila O'Flanagan and Maeve Binchy.

Reader Reviews

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  • Glenda Worth - 'Orange Blossom Days is a story of romance, attitude and life at a holiday complex in Spain. Life is never dull here at La Joya! A great holiday read!'
  • Sandra Rabiasz - 'This is a story told with lots of warmth and affection...an enjoyable and easy read - especially on a cold, rainy day!'
  • Alexandra Harper-Williams - 'The perfect novel for the beach or for gloomy winter days to conjure up some sunshine. Extremely enjoyable read!'
  • Alison Bain - 'A good summer read with a twist.'
  • Pauline Braisher - 'I have read quite a few books by Patricia Scanlan so was looking forward to reviewing her latest book.  I was not disappointed...beautifully written.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Friendships will be made and hearts will be broken, as secrets and lies come out in the open.  For those missing the wonderful story telling of Maeve Binchy, then Patricia Scanlan is who you are looking for.'
  • Joy Bosworth - 'Fast and fascinating!  This is a really good, warm-hearted story with very believable characters.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'The characters are so realistic we actually feel we have met them. It is a wonderful read and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys well written and enjoyable novels.'
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'A fun read, ideal for holidays.'
  • Judith Sharp - 'I'm sure fans of Patricia Scanlan will enjoy it, it just wasn't my cup of tea.'
  • Maz Tucker - 'Great book, really easy read, to brighten your winter days, but could just as easily become a good holiday book. Once started, you will find it hard to put down.'
  • Hannah Ward - 'The cover looked amazing and I could really imagine myself there in the warmth of the sun.'
  • Jane Pepler - 'This book did not disappoint. I loved it!'
  • Jill Peters - 'I loved Orange Blossom Days. Patricia Scanlan has written about characters you can fully relate to.   As a reader you become fully immersed in their lives, experiencing the impact both internal family and external economy influences have on the individuals.'
  • Emily Wright - 'Definitely more menopause-lit than chick-lit, Orange Blossom Days would be best accompanied by a glass of Prosecco, relaxing on a sun lounger after a girly gossip with friends.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a heart-warming book and I would recommend this to anyone. This is definitely one to add to your TBR list!'

Synopsis

Orange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanlan

In a beautiful southern Spanish town, where the sea sparkles and orange blossoms scent the air, the gates of a brand new apartment complex, La Joya deAndalucia, glide open to welcome the new owners. Anna and Austen MacDonald, an Irish couple, are preparing to enjoy their retirement to the full. But the demands of family cause problems they have never foreseen and shake their marriage to the core. Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a feisty Texan mother of two young teenagers, is reeling from her husband's infidelity. La Joya becomes a place of solace for Sally-Ann, in more ways than one. Eduardo Sanchez, a haughty Madrileno, has set out with single-minded determination to become El Presidente of the complex's management committee. But pride comes before a fall. Jutta Sauer Perez, a sophisticated German who aspires to own her very own apartment in La Joya, works hard to reach her goal. Then the unthinkable happens. As their lives entwine and friendships and enmities develop, it becomes apparent that La Joya is not quite the haven they all expect it to be...

About the Author

Patricia Scanlan

Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Some of her bestsellers include Apartment 3B; Finishing Touches; Foreign Affairs; Promises, Promises; Mirror, Mirror; City Girl; City Woman; City Lives; Francesca's Party; Two for Joy; Double Wedding; Divided Loyalties; Forgive and Forget; and Winter Blessings, a collection of quotes, blessings, poems, and reminiscences. Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the Open Door series. She also teaches creative writing to second-level students and is involved in adult literacy.

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Publication date

9th March 2017

Author

Patricia Scanlan

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
592 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Reading Groups
eBook Favourites
Relationship Stories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471151125

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