When Daisy’s parents decide to go off on a gap year, they leave her in charge of their Victorian villa and its ramshackle garden. Daisy has been having a tough time and a quiet spell in the countryside feels like just what she needs. She soon makes friends, Elaine and Jo, but they are having tough times of their own.
When her parents’ garden comes under threat from greedy developers, country life turns out to be anything but quiet.
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of ‘Coming up Roses‘ for review purposes, but the opinions in this post are all my own.
Rachael Lucas is a friend of a friend, and I bought her first book ‘Sealed with a Kiss‘ when it was first published. I loved that book and its Christmas novella sequel so much that I was thrilled to see that she was publishing a second novel this year. But part of me wondered whether I would love it as much as the books set on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor.
I needn’t have worried because ‘Coming up Roses’ is every bit as good as ‘Sealed with a Kiss’. Rachael Lucas has chosen an English country village setting for her new novel, and I wanted to move there just as much as I wanted to escape to Auchenmor.
In ‘Coming up Roses’ Rachael Lucas has created an idyllic setting where I was more than happy to lose myself for a few hours. Daisy soothes her broken heart with hours of hard work in her parents’ garden in the village of Steeple St John. At first she wants to be left alone but as usually seems to happen, things don’t go to plan.
Steadily she gets drawn into village life and makes friends along the way. But some of them are not quite what they seem, and her new-found confidants Elaine and Jo have their own problems to deal with.
All of this is pretty much what you’d expect to see in a romantic comedy novel but this novel is far from predictable. The plot of ‘Coming up Roses’ still managed to keep me guessing right up to the end.
The main trio of characters were all believable and likeable, and I quickly grew to care about them. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Elaine is a lifestyle blogger, so there were little references along the way that made me laugh. And the food…The characters enjoy a lot of delicious of food along the way, and it is all described in mouth-watering detail.
I loved ‘Coming up Roses’, and it is a great illustration of why Rachael Lucas has quickly become one of my favourite authors in this genre. This is just the kind of book that I would happily load onto my Kindle before a long train journey or a summer holiday.
A charming, light-hearted read – you will love it if you are a fan of this genre.
Sally Akins is a UK blogger, who writes about food, fitness and lifestyle at Sally Akins.