May 18, 2014

Sowing Secrets by Trisha Ashley

Watch out for temptation in the Garden of Eden…
Fran March's life in the idyllic village of St Ceridwen's Well is coming up roses. Almost.
If only daughter Rosie - the result of an uncharacteristic one-night stand 18 years ago - wasn't so curious about her real father, and if only husband Mal spent less time on his hobbies, everything would be bliss.
But then a face from the past turns Fran's world upside down. The handsome face of TV gardener Gabriel Weston, currently restoring the village's decrepit stately home. And when Fran's ex-boyfriend Tom appears on her doorstep, it seems that all the ghosts of Fran's romantic past are back to haunt her.
Can Fran keep Rosie's paternity under wraps? Why is Mal acting so oddly? And will Fran ever learn that every rose has its thorns…?

I borrowed the summary from Amazon. Fran March is an artist who's living in a beautiful village where she has great friends. She's married to a very demanding husband named Mal. Her daughter Rosie has moved away to study, but she visits Fran regularly. There's always the question of her paternity, nobody actually knows who Rosie's father is. When Gabriel Weston comes to St Ceridwen's Well for his gardening television show and her ex boyfriend Tom wants to get in touch again things are getting a lot more complicated.
I really liked Fran, her friends and the village. Gabriel Weston's a very nice guy as well. I kept thinking how horrible Mal is though, which is part of the appeal of the story. I very much wanted to interfere, because Fran could definitely use a wake up call. Trisha Ashley's writing is so vivid, the whole village and everyone in it magically comes to life. I kept dreaming away about the beautiful gardens. The ending is wonderful, I absolutely loved it!


  1. Sounds like an interesting read with a bit of intrigue and I do love a wonderful ending.

  2. So glad you loved this one! It really does sound intriguing.

  3. I really like Trisha Ashley's books, I've read quite many of them and they're always really wonderful!

  4. Sowing Secrets sounds like a cute read. I'm curious to see what happens when Fran's former beaus turn up. And I love stories set in small towns. Great review!

    1. Me too, it's always so nice to picture that romantic countryside atmosphere!


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