Romance novel doesn’t bloom to its full potential

A Secret Garden, Katie Fforde, Penguin Random House, ISBN: 9781780890883

Lorna and Philly live in a small rural country town. It’s tiny, it’s quaint and it is also a total snoozefest.

Lorna looks after the vast estate’s neglected gardens and Philly provides the plants for said garden. Lorna loves unattainable man #1, owner of the vast and neglected estate.

Philly is infatuated with the chef across the road.

It’s a charming premise but, all in all, it was many pages of stilted conversations, awkward stuttering and cringe-worthy situations.

Maybe readers of this book need to be budding gardeners or have an aptitude for various flora.

They all find true love in the end through a convoluted series of events that could have ended about 100 pages earlier.

The best part of this book was Philly’s grandfather, Grand, a hilarious and novel character.

Even Grand got his happily ever after – the sneaky blighter.

Die-hard Fforde fans have voiced their disappointment and I have joined in as this may be the first book in a long run of entertaining and charming books that missed the mark. – Caitlin Walsh

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