Saturday, 16 May 2015

Book Review: Coming Up Roses | Rachael Lucas

This has to be one of my top most anticipated books of 2015, and I must say I was thrilled when I received a Signed proof copy from Rachael herself. I had been having an awful day and receiving that wonderful parcel really put a smile on my face. I was lucky enough to receive this book a couple of months in advance and what you are getting is a very honest review, because I absolutely bloody loved this book.

Country air, cowslips and a charismatic rogue . . .

Would-be gardener Daisy can't believe her luck when her parents announce they're off on a midlife-crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spell of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs.

A shoulder to cry on wouldn't go amiss either - so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own . . .

As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy's heart's desire - her parent's garden - is under threat, and she is forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.

I'm pretty sure I have mentioned on several occasions how I love a good romantic comedy novel set in a gorgeous countryside village complete with quirky locals. This is the kind of life I intend for myself so when I read something as wonderful as this book from Rachael Lucas, I really feel like I can slip in easily into this world and really feel like I belong.

Our main character Daisy Price is just delightful, and she is someone who you can feel yourself rooting for from page one. Even after the hosepipe incident where she meets Elaine for the first time

Daisy hasn't gotten off to a good start the first time we meet her, she has just come out of a pretty nasty break up and finds herself on her parents door step to discover they are going on a year long break travelling. This is perfect for Daisy because her parents let her house-sit so she has somewhere to recuperate and she can tend to the family garden which has seen better days. Saying that Daisy has a bit of a green thumb is something of an understatement for she lives to be grounded in nature and is always happiest when she is surround by the greenery, flowers and even the dirt.

Our heroine is relativity on her own until she forms a lovely bond with Elaine and Jo. This friendship develops quickly and easily as these three women realise they have more in common than they realise. I do need to make a quick comment about Elaine's husband, one of my habits when I read good books is speculation, and I was harassing Rachael whilst reading this book about things I was 'attempting' to predict. Rachael found this hilarious, and now I know why as my assumptions were surprisingly understated for what actually happens in the book. All I'm going to say is, Elaine's husband. Bad Man.

One of my favourite characters however is Old Tom, he is a wonderfully charming and charismatic old fellow who befriends Daisy whilst they work on her parents garden together. The relationship blooms along with the garden and this has to be one of the most endearing friendships in this book. Old Tom is however a little bit of a cheeky bugger and he seems to think he knows what is best for Daisy, and he's pretty much right about what he hints at in the book.

This is where we meet roguish Irishman George, and the lovely Vet Ned. The fact that I have mentioned two men is all I need to say because you know what's coming. Who will Daisy choose? I'm not going to tell you which team I was on, but again this was something I harassed Rachael about over Twitter. (I'm surprised she hasn't blocked me yet!)

If love triangles, break ups, and bad husbands isn't enough, why not throw in secret baby daddy's, garden allotments, and nasty property developers and you have got one heck of a lovely chick lit whirlwind.

I adore a lovely chick lit book, and this has to be one of my favourites. It is well written with a wonderful story and it goes really well with a cup of tea and a big fat slice of cake.

I don't really need to tell you what I gave this book as you have probably already guessed by how much I gushed about this wonderful story. This book literally made my heart soar.

Yes, I gave this novel a blooming marvellous 10/10

So if you are silly enough not to already have pre-ordered this novel then you can improve your life by clicking on one of the following links and buying this brilliant book:

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So if you have read this wonderful book let us know what you thought, also you may want to keep an eye out on my YouTube Channel for something special on the 23rd of May from me and Rachael. I will Post it when it is ready but it is a surprise.

But for now my fellow book nerds, check out the dates and locations below for the Coming Up Roses blog tour. Happy reading.