Sample
  • The Apothecary's Garden

  • By: Julie Bozza
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
The Apothecary's Garden  By  cover art

The Apothecary's Garden

By: Julie Bozza
Narrated by: Mark Steadman
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.
activate_primeday_promo_in_buybox_DT

Publisher's summary

Hilary Kent, a Londoner all his working life, retires to Wiltshire after an estranged cousin unexpectedly leaves him an inhabitable tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden - and that's when graduate student Tom Laurence suddenly erupts into his life, convincing him that together they can restore the ancient garden to its former glory. Tom's cheerful friendship is the best thing that's ever happened to Hilary and he's perfectly content with that until, to his astonishment and confusion, it seems that Tom's affection for him is beginning to grow into something more, something he feels he probably shouldn't allow.

A male-male romance that makes other May-December pairings look like June-October. Set in Wiltshire, England, with two English characters. The older man, Hilary, is the POV character.

©2013 Julie Bozza (P)2016 Julie Bozza
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

What listeners say about The Apothecary's Garden

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Age is just a number

I loved this audiobook. I had listened to ‘A Threefold Cord,’ which was about three young men, actors in their twenties, sorting out what they want to do in their lives and how they are going to manage a very unusual relationship – a polyamorous relationship. I loved that book and was thrilled to get ‘The Apothecary’s Garden’, another audiobook by Julie Bozza.

Now, there is a massive age gap between Tom and Hilary. So, as I listened, I tried to think of couples with an age gap that large. Hugh Hefner came to mind, but I pushed him right back out because, just, ew. My next thought was David Furnish and Elton John and I was surprised it was only 17 years. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas? 25 years. Emmanuel Macron, the new President of France and his former teacher Brigitte? 24 years. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, actor Aaron (a couple who hyphenated their name) – 24 years. From my own country, Celine Dion and Rene Angelil? A classic and tragic love story with 26 years between them. Finally, Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor? 32 years and a beautiful same-sex relationship.

Now, the difference between Tom and Hilary is even greater, but I found it completely believable. Might it bother some readers? Perhaps. Did it with me? No. It just made me love both men even more.

Hilary Kent, who has lived and worked in London his entire life, has inherited a home with a garden in the English countryside. With nothing to keep him in London, he takes up residence on his dead uncle’s estate. Soon, Tom Laurence arrives on hi