It’s no secret to anyone here that I’m a huge fan of Rachael Lucas, and that’s not just because I’ve known her for over 12 years now, give or take. Got to love the internet for bringing people together.
I loved her first book, Sealed with a Kiss, and cheered alongside her when it was a Kindle bestseller, and now she’s back with Coming up Roses with PanMacmillan.
This is a fun and friendly romance, set in the quintessential English village and with the requisite cast of village characters. You’ve got everything you could need for a great escapist read – friends, misunderstandings, the occasional broken heart, and of course, the gardens and a dog. While there is romance to this, for me, it’s the friendships and the characters that Rachael so effortlessly draws that make the book a great read, and I was really rooting for Daisy from page 1. Or maybe page 2, with that Proper Grown Up comment 😉
It’s the author’s voice that brings us back time after time, and I can hear Rachael’s through this, perhaps a little more confident than in Sealed with a Kiss, and still as irreverent as ever. I love that one of the characters runs a lifestyle magazine (blogger alert!), that texts are sprinkled through the text, that Daisy has a crush on Monty Don. Rachael writes from experience, having run an award winning blog herself for several years, and also actually knowing how to do things in a garden. (I’m not sure which of these things awes me more to be honest. And I cannot speak as to whether the experience extends to a crush on Monty Don 😉 ) If you’re looking for a feel good summer read possibly to take out in the garden, or on holiday with you, you can’t go far wrong with this.
And, if you’d like to get your hands on a signed copy, you’re in the right place. I’ve one signed paperback to give away, and to make it a little more special, I’m adding a rose pot plant from Appleyard flowers. So it won’t look anything like this picture, but you get the general idea 😉 Skip on down to the rafflecopter widget to enter.