Monday, 3 February 2014

Review: The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
Publisher: Tinder Press
Release Date: 27 February 2014

Back Cover Blurb: (TBC I was sent a proof copy) 
Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca's dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn's stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan's youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same. 

The Lemon Grove is a book that has been the top of my 'wish list' for quite some now. Having been lucky enough to read the book before its release date, it is now going straight to the top of my 'books to recommend' list.

From the cover, you could be fooled into thinking that the book is nothing but a fun 'holiday' read. You'd be wrong. The Lemon Grove is an intense novel exploring the complexities of relationships between step families and the consequences of forbidden desire.

Jenn and her husband Gregg have been holidaying in Deia, Mallorca for years. It is their escape from the real world, and Helen Walsh does her best to make you believe that you are there with them, sitting by the pool with a glass of wine and enjoying the sunshine, and the view.

Ah yes, the view.

Jenn is floored by the view of her Step Daughter Emma's Boyfriend Nathan (Nate) when they arrive with each other. She simply cannot believe that he could be so beautiful, yet so young. She feels maternally protective over Emma because she can see that Nathan is more worldly wise than her, and she is not ready to face the fact that she is growing up.

But Jenn is also jealous, because inexplicably Nate stirs something deep inside of her that she hasn't felt before, and she can't help but be drawn to him, although she knows it is wrong. What follows is a beautifully told tale of unexpected and forbidden passion that will leave you wanting to get on the next plane to Mallorca.

The Lemon Grove is available from 27 February 2014.
You can pre-order it now  from Amazon and Tinder Press.

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