A Good Year for the Roses

A Good Year for the Roses

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Life hasn't been a bed of roses for Londoner Molly Taylor lately. Newly divorced, she's stunned when her Aunt Helena dies and leaves her Harrington Hall, a 300-year-old manor house on the Devon coast. But does Molly really want to run a bed-and-breakfast in an old house where the only thing that doesn't need urgent attention is Aunt Helena's beautiful rose garden? With Molly's conniving brother running the family hotel nearby and the return of a high school flame with ulterior motives, this is not going to be easy. Then Harrington Hall begins to work its magic....
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2014.
ISBN: 9781401341916
9781401330705
Characteristics: pages cm

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Chapel_Hill_SusanM
Nov 17, 2015

You know those books where a woman overcomes hardship by tackling a seemingly impossible domestic project where she also learns important lessons about life? This is one of those, and it involves rose gardens, an eccentric old man who likes to set off cannons, and a foul-mouthed parrot named Betty. This is what people mean when they talk about charming books.

Jlderdall Jul 21, 2015

I liked this book!

coroboreefarm Dec 16, 2014

I agree with the previous review. I struggled with this one, although I thoroughly enjoyed Gil McNeil's previous novels. It was a tedious read.

librarylady70 Aug 29, 2014

I'm sorry, but as the British author herself might say, this novel is "dead boring." A disappointment, as I've enjoyed her previous works. This one reads as though it's one long bit of dialogue, and an oddly punctuated one at that. Sentences like "I don't think I want a cocktail right now thanks Bertie" permeate -where's the punctuation? The novel reads like a long series of nonevents and mostly the author's brain dump. It seems as though it wasn't edited at all. I have a feeling this is one of her earlier works she couldn't get published, but because she's had success with her Beach Street Knitting Society books, they decided to give this one a go. Unless you're a fan of all things British, avoid this one.

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