Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Prince Albert Public Library Book Review

The French Gardener
by Santa Montefiore

This is a love story and while some might find it overly romantic, others will find it tender and inspiring… especially those who love their own gardens. The story revolves around a garden that has been neglected, a cottage that holds a secret, a mysterious Frenchman (who is, of course, handsome) and a family in need of love.

It begins as Miranda and David Claybourne move into a country house with a once-beautiful garden. But reality turns out to be very different from their dream. Soon the underlying unhappiness in the family begins to surface. And as it does so each family member is isolated in a prison of resentment and loneliness.
Then a dashing and enigmatic Frenchman arrives on their doorstep. With the wisdom of nature, he slowly begins to heal the past and the present.

But who is he?

Then Miranda finds a diary that has been left in the cottage. She begins to read it and, through it, she and the whole family learn that a garden, like love itself, can restore the human spirit. And that a lovingly tended garden can keep on inspiring those who enjoy it... not just season after season but generation after generation too.

“Wise and winsome, poignant and powerfully moving, The French Gardener is a contemporary story told with an old-fashioned sensibility steeped in the importance of family and the magical power of love.”

Barbara Castle-Farmer

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