Set around the beautiful, romantic Italian gardens of Lake Como, a gorgeous, heartwarming tale from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of SUMMER AT THE LAKE.
The Gardens of Delight brochure promises the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in the Lake Como area of Italy. For Lucy, the chance to go to Italy offers more than just gardens. Lake Como is where her father lives and the last time she saw him was when she was just a teenager.
Recently married Helen and her wealthy husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband spending so much time away from home, Helen throws herself into caring for the garden. But Helen needs help - and friends - and so decides to take the plunge and join the local Garden Club.
Conrad isn't the least bit interested in gardening. Widowed for five years, his life revolves around work and humouring Mac, his elderly uncle who lives with him, and who has expressed a desire to go on the Gardens of Delight tour. Reluctantly, Conrad agrees to accompany him. 'Anything for a peaceful life,' he concedes. But a peaceful life is the last thing any of them are in for...
Intense, compelling stuff - OK! Magazine
A dramatically dark tale of the joy, pain and all-consuming passion of first love - COSMOPOLITAN
The author writes with a sturdy, feel-good optimism - SUNDAY TIMES - Elizabeth Buchan
It is a captivating read: beautifully written and heartrendingly sad - DAILY TELEGRAPH
An utterly moving read, you won't want to put down - ULSTER TATLER
With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.
The author of many bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, Coming Home to Island House and Song of the Skylark, Erica divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.
Visit her website www.ericajames.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @TheEricaJames