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Gardens of Delight

by Erica James

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Disappointing. Erica James has written some excellent and moving books (eg 'Precious Time') but this one was more like a TV soap than a novel. Far too many people, multiple viewpoints, and almost no character development. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
(BookCrossing, 27 Aug 2011)

I wouldn’t normally read this genre (womanlit?) but couldn’t resist the setting on Lake Como. That part is done well, but the book OPENED with an editing error (someone being subordinate rather than INsubordinate!) and it didn’t really hold my attention, though it was competently enough done and passed the time. I never really engaged with or cared about the characters, and it seemed over-planned and under-executed in parts, not properly thought through in others. ( )
  LyzzyBee | Feb 26, 2012 |
As with others of James's recent books, there is a bit more darkness to this story than in some of her earlier work. There are a couple of characters who may fairly be called villains! It was an enjoyable and satisfying read with a number of characters and subplots which never became confusing; the travel and garden descriptions were a nice addition. ( )
  auntieknickers | Aug 26, 2011 |
The villagers are off on 'The Garden of Delights' tour. Each has their own reasons for going; some are passionate about gardens, others are along for the ride, some to keep an eye on others. All are in for some surprises!

This book takes a long while to get going, but when it does it has it's twists and turns - most of which you can see coming!

An enjoyable light read, but it's not going to change your world. ( )
  pamjw | Jan 15, 2011 |
A good example of romantic fiction for women. Good to take on holiday. ( )
  cfbookgroup | Jul 10, 2009 |
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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 humoring 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.
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"The Gardens of Delight" brochure promises travelers the chance to visit Lake Como's most enchanting gardens. For Lucy, a trip to Italy offers more than just gardens. Lake Como is the home of her father, whom she last saw when she was just a teen. Recently married, Helen and her rich husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband often 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 join the local Garden Club. Conrad isn't the least bit interested in gardening. A widower of five years, his life revolves around work and humoring his curmudgeonly Uncle Mac. Mac 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....Winner of the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

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A heart-warming tale set in Italy, this finds keen gardener Helen tempted by the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in the Lake Como area. But is it only the gardens that will tempt her?

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