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5.0 out of 5 starsAdored This Book!
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2017
I adored this book even more than The Rose Sisters. These two books were very reminiscent of Rosamunde Pilcher's books, which I love, especially her short stories. My print copies are tattered from being read so much. I loved the beautiful English setting, the kind heroes, the nasty-learning-change-older characters, the sweet, not sexy, tone of the story. I'm looking forward to reading more of Victoria Connelly's books!
I was drawn to read more by this author after reading The Rose Girls. I was not disappointed. The gorgeous atmospheric writing and sense of romance was absorbing and warming in every respect. A great read. Highly recommend.
This is a heart-warming story of loss, broken and restored relationships, and finding love again. Wonderfully done, the descriptions of the gardens and the English countryside made me feel as if I were there.
Lovely, endearing characters. The stories of each one unfold and blend together seamlessly.
I listened to the audio version of this story and narrator, Susan Duerden, did a fantastic job. I would definitely read more by this author.
The Jacob's family lived in Orley Court, an old English Manor for generations. Now Vanessa, a widow, her two daughters and their grandmother lives there.
During the summer the Old Manor was in need of repair. This is a great plot and I enjoyed the writing. Ms Victoria led us through the old Manor that needed repairs. Then she stepped outside to show us the beautiful gardens all around the house and the hugh yard. This is a simple romance, so relaxing as you read it's like watching a movie, just wonderful.
One daughter came up with a plan to repair the old Manor and Vanessa suggested the work for the garden. This novel was a very good sweet novel with humor, romance, love and some disagreements. I enjoyed the wonderful gardens with the sweet romance. Ms Victoria did a good job. Just sit back and enjoy.
This was an easy reading escape. Great for an airplane ride, day at the beach or a chance to get away from the world's sordidness. It was light and uplifting. The characters were well developed and you cheered and felt with and for them. Could've been longer to continue their stories. Wrapped up a little too abruptly. Maybe a sequel is out there. Will have to check.
Thank you for sharing your exceptional storytelling and characters. Vanessa and Jonathan had an instantaneous feelings for each other and their love of gardening. Tilda and Jassy were Vanessa's awesome daughters with great talents of singing and painting. Laurie and Tilda finally realized that they had something very special. Marcus and Laurie rediscovered their father son relationship. Dolly, the grandmother, who had a rather bad outlook for herself and family got shook up by Jassy extremely boom lowering speech about how she treated and spoke to her Mother, Vanessa and her granddaughters. How you wove everything and characters connected to Orley Manor was a very captivating storyline. Wish there was a sequel!!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2017
Readers will fall in love with this romantic tale. . I am a sucker for storyline which are cultivate in english gardens. The beauty of reading the "Secret Garden" always draws me to these type of novels. Ms. Connelly is a new author on my library shelves and I we'll be searching for other novels in which she has written. Worthy author.
Love in an English Garden is a book showing that love is always around us as long as we are open to it. Even when our hearts get broken we have to take that chance again. That is what the book describes, finding love in an awesome setting as an English garden. The Garden has been unkept for years and it is in bringing the garden back to life that the characters find themselves also brought back to life.
I found this an entertaining and poignant read. I suspect it was the more poignant for me as the main characters are recovering from bereavements and their feelings resonated with me. It isn't however an unhappy book at all. Vanessa and her daughters live in Orley Court - a beautiful house with an equally beautiful garden. Vanessa's husband has died and left the Court to her but the expense of maintaining it is becoming too much and they must sell part of the house in order to continue living there.
Marcus and Laurence Sturridge buy the north wing and the two families gradually settle down to share the property and the garden. When Vanessa makes major decision about getting help to return the garden to its former glory things at Orley Court start to change for all the residents. This is a well written relatively light story with some interesting characters and I found the gardening background interesting even though I don't enjoy gardening in the flesh! I much prefer reading about it.
I'm sure Victoria Connelly's many fans will love this book though I found it a little too sentimental for my taste. I do like the cover art - it really does sum up the whole book for me.
I read this book in a day. It's a true romance story for a sunny day. The Jacobs family have lived at Orley Court for hundreds of years, but after the death of Oliver Jacob, his widow Vanessa has to find a way of paying for the upkeep of an old house - much to the disgust of the mother in law!
This is a lovely gentle love story, well written and fairly predictable. But we all need love and hugs sometimes.
5.0 out of 5 starsVery sweet English love story. Much better than average.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2018
Nice characters, none of them perfect, and a lovely setting in a fine manor house. When widowed Vanessa meets a conscientious gardener who wishes to bring a team of young offenders to help her in her very neglected garden, she is very wary. The huge house is run down, and the family can barely afford to live there any longer. A decision is made to sell one wing of the property, which starts to get the family back on their feet. The team of young offenders work wonders on the garden, and all find they can get something back from their labours. Good story, very descriptive writing, with believable characters.
Lovely story with great believable characters that you felt you knew personally by the end of the book...really enjoy all Victoria's books but the ones set in big country houses just have the edge for me....Totally recommend...
Warmth and charm are the keynotes of Victoria Connelly's very English novels and her latest has them by the bucketful. An old house, a neglected garden, a spot of family strife and a satisfying romance - what more could you ask!