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 spot 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 BuWould 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 spot 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 Daisy s heart s desire her parent s garden is under threat, and Daisy s forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.
Coming Up Roses 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 spot o
4.5 - Time - and a spot of gardening - heal most things. Stars!There is one thing for me that I know is guaranteed when I pick up a book by Rachael Lucas, and that is I will immediately feel at home. Her books are warm, welcoming and have a familiarity about them that pulls you in and makes you feel like you are a part of the story.Daisy, her escapades and adventures, not to mention the people she meets while staying at her parent’s house in the village of Steeple St. John are just a lovely, h [...]
When her parents decide to go on a gap year in their retirement years they ask her to look after the house and get the garden in shape. After a traumatic break up- she relishes the chance to hide away in the little village. But eventually she realises that she needs friends around her. An unlikely friend comes in the form of the old gardener who looked after many of the village gardens.She also makes 2 friends, Jo and Elaine. Elaine is the headmasters wife and Jo is a counsellor at the school. T [...]
As I was already a fan of Rachael Lucas having read Sealed with a Kiss and Sealed with a Christmas Kiss I was excited to read this and I am thrilled to say I was not disappointed. As always the characters and locations were brilliantly described. The descriptions of the gardens in the book also had a lot of detail in them which was essential to the story and an added bonus for me as I love gardening. I could completely understand Daisy's need for a break and a change of scene to get her thoughts [...]
Lovely rural romance in the tradition of Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde. Daisy moves in to her parents' house to escape her cheating ex and rebuild her life while she revives their overgrown garden. But will she be forced to leave the village just as she's beginning to put down roots?
If you take a look above, you can see a sky full of raised eyebrows.If you look down, there are a lot of accidentally exposed toned male body parts.'Coming up Roses' started pretty nice. This whole concept of garden-sitting and making new friends in a new town etc. was very refreshing. The love-part wasn't too obvious at all, which is always a good thing. I'm not sure why, but unfortunately I kind of lost interest in the story towards the last third or something and I barely picked it up and rea [...]
pagetostagereviews/201When Daisy's parents decide to take some time out to travel the world, she is more than happy to house sit their home, Orchard Villa, in the quiet village of Steeple St John. Hit hard by a recent break up, Daisy is looking forward to tackling her parents' out of control garden and spending some quality time with a tub of ice cream and a box set of her favourite TV show. But Daisy's idealistic image of the town doesn't quite match up to reality. The villagers are busy prepar [...]
Daisy loves being outside and she doesn't regret her decision to retrain as a gardener at all. Unfortunately after a bad relationship she has nowhere to go, so when her parents leave their home to travel the world they allow her to stay in their villa. In exchange she'll take care of the garden. Steeple St John is a beautiful countryside village and Daisy loves being there. She doesn't know anyone yet when she arrives, but that soon changes when she meets Elaine and Jo. They soon become very goo [...]
Daisy's parents announce that they are travelling around Asia, when she turns up un-announced on their doorstep, following a bad break up. They allow Daisy to house sit while they are gone, and to look after the neglected garden that used to be beautiful. As Daisy is nursing a broken heart, she really doesn't want to make friends, or get into village life in Steeple St John, but yet it all creeps up on her. Daisy meets Elaine, after soaking her with a hose, while she was passing by. Elaine is a [...]
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*When Daisy’s parents go away traveling she goes house-sitting their house and also looks after the garden. It’s just what she needs after some rocky months, including a breakup. A quiet town, some gardening and TV times.She bumps into Elaine and a bit later into Jo and the three of them become great friends. I really admired their friendship and loved how they were there for each other. Elaine and Jo got their story told as wel [...]
I've been lucky enough to read a proof copy of this. All I can say is you are in for a treat. It's a proper romantic page turner with a fabulous cast of characters and an endearing lead. The plot twists about enough not to be obvious and the village truly comes to life in your hands. I loved it.
'Coming up Roses' is about Daisy, who is, after some serious heartbreak, house-sitting her parents' house because they are off travelling the world. Daisy's a passionate gardener and falls deeply in love with the attached garden - unlike her parents. Soon she finds herself a bunch of new friends and finally sees the good things in life again, including a certain handsome young man.But just as Daisy thinks everything's okay again her beloved garden seems to be snatched away from herOoooh I loved [...]
Daisy, our main character, is house sitting her parent’s house, Orchard Villa, whilst they are away on an extended holiday (and also looking after Polly the elderly retriever). She has recently suffered turmoil in her own life and has nowhere else to go; she is glad of the chance for some solitude to re-assess her life and has no intention of making friends or becoming involved in village life.Having completed a horticultural course, she is keen to make a career from gardening and is looking f [...]
I received a copy of this book from the publishers and this is my honest review.Daisy has moved to her parents house, ostensibly house sitting whilst they go travelling on their 'gap year'. Having retrained in horticulture she sets about tackling the overgrown garden. Nursing a broken heart, all she wants to do is tend the flowerbeds and dead head the roses. She isn't there to make friends, especially not with perfectly manicured Elaine who intimidates Daisy no end. However she gets to know Elai [...]
When Daisy’s parents decide to go on an elongated trip of a lifetime, she settles in their house in a country village, not only dog and house sitting for them but also renovating their once glorious but now sadly neglected garden. Daisy is glad of the solitude and the freedom to organise the garden as she sees fit, as she is passionate about the work that lies ahead of her. Her relationship with Jamie had ended just before her parents left on their travels, when Daisy caught him cheating on he [...]
Firstly thank you to Pan for approving me for a review copy of this title on Netgalley. I was first introduced to Rachael when I took part in the blog tour for her first novel Sealed With A Kiss last year.Coming Up Roses is all about main character and narrator Daisy who has moved back home to house sit for her parents. Daisy is starting over fresh in the village of Steeple St John just like the new spring blossom!I was really looking forward to this. I love the cover and how the title ties in w [...]
Daisy's parents decide to travel around Asia after her mother suffers a heart scare. Daisy has just gone through a painful breakup so is happy to house sit at Orchard Villa in the beautiful village of Steeple St John. Having studied Horticulture at College she gets to work sorting out the garden at Orchard Villa which helps her recover from her heartache as will as making new friends with locals Elaine, the perfect Stepford Wife type housewife, Jo and Ned the local vet.Rachel Lucas has managed t [...]
If I could give this more than 5 stars then I would, I absolutely loved this book! It warmed my heart, made me laugh and had me egging Daisy on all the way. The story follows Daisy who, following a recent break up moves into her parents village home and works away her broken heart with her passion, gardening. She makes some lovely friends along the way and they all help each other in turn as the year turns into an eventful one for all of them. Coming up roses is one of those books that completel [...]
Daisy is house sitting for her parents who are travelling. Her task is to bring the large and neglected garden into some sort of order for them. She has just finished a horticultural course at college and this seems like a good start to her career. She is determined to lick her wounds - after a traumatic event and work out what she wants to do with her life from here on.Gradually the village of Steeple St John wraps its tentacles round her and she finds herself caught up in village life whether [...]
Very pleased to have received a copy from NetGalley.I knew from the cover and the blurb about this book that it was going to appeal to me, and it didnt disappoint! In fact it was even better than i thought! Read it in two sittings as i just couldnt put it down! One of those books that you read with a big smile on your face and i often found myself empathising with the main character as we seem to have similar outlooks in life! Loved the setting and characters in the small village where Daisy soo [...]
I was very lucky to receive a proof of this book and I wasn't disappointed. It tells the story of gardener Daisy, who flees to her parents house in a picturesque village after splitting up with her boyfriend. Her parents decide to go off travelling so ask Daisy to look after their house, particularly their huge garden. Despite not wanting to get drawn into village life, Daisy meets a variety of interesting, colourful characters and before she knows it she's part of the community. There are also [...]
this is such a beautiful story. loved it
Following a break up, Daisy comes to the village of Steeple St John to look after her parents house while they are away. Intent on keeping clear of village life and throwing her energy into renovating their overgrown garden, she still finds herself being drawn into various village activities and making new friends and a romance along the way. Although formulaic chick lit in respect of the storyline, it was nonetheless enjoyable for a quick, non-taxing read and the characters were written well. I [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The village was lovely, the characters were just that - characters! I especially enjoyed the plotting involved in a small village - and I'm not just talking garden plots! There was a nice twist towards the end, which I hadn't seen coming. The storyline was very different from the usual and I loved all the meetings! There's a lot of humour in the book too :) All in all. a lovely read - a perfect holiday book!
A refreshing tale set in a gorgeous English village. Daisy fresh from a broken heart is house sitting for her parents as they decide to go travelling. Whilst restoring their run down garden she meets the characters of Steeple St John and strikes up friendship with some of the most unlikely residents there.
Absolutely adored this book! Lovely Daisy & her friends, great supporting cast of chsracters, romance, gardening, problems - and a happy ending! What more could a reader ask for. Oh yes, well written and witty as well.
A lovely light, feelgood story - perfect for fans of Carole Mathews and Katie Fforde. It was especially nice that it featured gardening instead of baking, too many food related novels around - they make me want to eat cake!
This was one of those feel good books I adore. Wonderful uplifting book which just made me want to smile. I cried once and that was the acknowledgments at the end PollyDog bless her xx
I loved this. A light-hearted, involving read with characters I really cared about and an enchanting setting. Thoroughly recommended.
A very well recommended, happy book that only made me cry a little!(Happy tears!)