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 and struggling to find a new home and a way to support her three boys, she's stunned when her beloved Aunt Helena dies and leaves her Harrington Hall, a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast, where Molly grew up. 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? Or care for Uncle Bertie, an eccentric former navy officer with a cliff-top cannon? Or Betty, his rude parrot that bites whomever annoys it? Yet Molly's best friend Lola is all for the plan. "My heart bleeds. Your very own beach, the beautiful house, and Helena's garden. All you have to do is grill a bit of bacon." But with Molly's conniving brother running the family hotel nearby, the return of a high school flame with ulterior motives, and three sons whose idea of a new country life seems to involve vast quantities of mud, this is not going to be easy. And then Harrington Hall begins to work its magic, and the roses start to bloom" -- summary from bookdepository.com.
Publisher: New York :, Hyperion,, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781401341916
Branch Call Number: FICTION McNeil 2014
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 21 cm


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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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