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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Blog Tour, Coming up Roses - Rachael Lucas

Country air, cowslips and a charismatic rogue . . .

Would-be gardener Daisy can't believe her luck when her parents announce they're off on a midlife-crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spell of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs.

A shoulder to cry on wouldn't go amiss either - so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own . . .

As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy's heart's desire - her parent's garden - is under threat, and she is forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.

Author: Rachael Lucas
Title: Coming up Roses
Publishers: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 21st May 2015
Link: Amazon

My Review

Welcome to the village of Steeple St John, the quintessential English haven of beautiful gardens. When Daisy Price has nowhere else to go after a disastrous relationship, she heads to Orchard Villa, her parents home. They have gone travelling and asked her to house sit for them. Whilst she is there she decides to put her newly acquired gardening skills to good use and attempts to rectify the once beautiful garden to it's former glory. She manages to achieve this with the help of Thomas who was the original gardener of the house many years before.
Daisy plans to stay hidden away from everybody but is soon drawn into village life and makes new friends, including the perfect wife and lifestyle blogger, Elaine and Jo who is a counsellor. The three friends manage to help each other through some tricky times. When the beautiful garden of Orchard Villa comes under threat by a property developer, Daisy finds herself taking centre stage in a campaign to stop it.

Although the last thing she is looking for is love, could it have found her?

A lovely book to relax with at the end of a summer's day sipping a large glass of wine, surrounded by the subtle scent of beautiful flowers. The characters were lovable with real stories around them and the descriptions of the countryside made me feel like I was there. I think it's a sign of a good book when you care about the characters and I can honestly say I would love to know what happens next for Daisy and her friends. I look forward very much to reading more of Rachael's books.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan and to Rachael for allowing me to review.

Book Angel

About the Author

Rachael Lucas
Rachael Lucas is an author, coach and freelance writer.

Her debut novel SEALED WITH A KISS was downloaded over 130,000 times on Kindle and was a bestseller.

She lives and works in a Victorian house by the seaside in the North West of England with her partner (also a writer) and their six children.

Find out more about Rachael at her website, have a look at the planning boards for her books on and you can tweet her @karamina

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