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A Secret Garden

by Katie Fforde

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on A Secret Garden

February 2018 Book of the Month.

Another joyful hug of a read from Katie Fforde, what more could you want, than to settle down with her latest book! Philly, Lorna and Anthea, all wonderful ladies, in various stages of their lives, sit centre stage in this delightful story. Set in a friendly community, with a garden to restore, will love pay a fleeting visit or settle in for a longer stay? As to be expected, the three main characters are surrounded by a lovely cast of friends, as life throws gravel, pebbles, and socking great boulders in their path. Katie Fforde has the wonderful ability to put a smile on my face, and I feel re-energised and ready to face the world again when I finish her lovely tales. To be honest, her stories speak for themselves, I really only need to tell you that the latest Katie Fforde is out, and it’s the warm and very charming ‘A Secret Garden’.

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A Secret Garden Synopsis

Will opening the door lead to love and happy endings? Romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings, the delicious romantic new novel from the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of A Vintage Wedding and A Summer at Sea.

Lorna and her friend Philly work together in the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the Cotswolds. But even though they are surrounded by family and friends, the door to true love remains resolutely closed. Could their discovery of a secret garden mean this is about to change?

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A Secret Garden Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Humaira - 'A Secret Garden is as Poignant as the characters. I loved it dearly...I just love it when an author can make you love something so much just with the power of words.
  • Annie Day - 'A great 'feel good' story with three intertwined romances.'
  • Ailsa Anderson - 'Transport yourself into the pages of Fforde's latest creation A Secret Garden. Where you'll find a perfect mix of romance, humour, love, secrets, men. You won't be disappointed.'
  • Julie Watkin - 'A gentle and pleasing read designed to remind us that true love is never beyond our reach.'
  • Cathy Burman - 'A secret garden is not the only secret in this book. The characters also have hidden secrets which, as you turn the pages, will slowly be revealed. Dare to enter and enjoy as I did.    
  • Gemma Niven - 'Fantastic book by Katie Fforde which will warm your heart and make you feel all cosy and fuzzy inside!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'this is a cosy, feel good read centred around a special garden with likeable characters that will leave you wanting more.'
  • Emily Wright - 'Katie Fforde is an author I turn to time and again for a comforting read. A Secret Garden bears the trademarks of friendship, romance and warmth which I have come to know and love in her writing.'
  • Alison Jones - 'What a delightful read! From start to finish I was treated to a world of romance and happy ever afters that lifted my heart and spirit leaving me tripping on air.'
  • Evelyn Barrett - 'A scrumptiously romantic offering, ideally suited both to a cosy winter's evening by the fire and a sunny beach with a cocktail.'
  • Kathy Martin - 'Pure escapism and a delightfully easy read.'
  • Lizzy Dingemans - 'Make a hot chocolate and curl up in a comfy chair to enjoy this charming new tale where relationships intertwine as much as the plants in the secret garden, in this charming tale by a well-established author.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Once again Katie whisks the reader away, this time to the Cotswolds, a place full of blue skies, romance, secrets and men who need to be shown that love sometimes is staring them in the face.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'I really enjoyed this. A new Katie Fforde is like meeting an old friend and catching up on all the news. Highly recommended.'
  • Nicola Cooper - 'A feel good read, in a beautiful setting.  Just what we need to get us in the mood for spring. Katie Fforde fans will love it.'

A Secret Garden Press Reviews

Escape to romance and happy-ever-after in this lovely tale   Prima

An absolutely delightful read    Bookworms and Shutter Bugs Blog

A good, light read, ideal for travelling    LibroFullTime Blog

A Secret Garden would be a great holiday read for romantic fiction fans; something to leaf through while sitting in a sunny spot, enjoying some peace and quiet   Art and Soul Blog

Katie Fforde's books, for me, are like curling up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate. It's so easy to slip between the pages to that familiar world of sweet, but not sugary, funny and romantic. A Secret Garden is a real joy to read    The Book Whisperer

Modern-day Austen. Great fun  Red  

Top-drawer romantic escapism   Daily Mail

Deliciously enjoyable   Red

Warm, brilliant and full of love   Heat

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099579366
Publication date: 08/02/2018
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781780890876
Publication date: 23/02/2017
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099579366
Publication date: 8th February 2018
Author: Katie Fforde
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance,

About Katie Fforde

Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She’s been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She ...

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