The Rose Garden by Marita Conlon-McKenna

Thanks to the wonder that is Net Galley and the lovely people at Transworld I requested and received a free copy of The Rose Garden by Marita Conlon-McKenna. It’s a lovely feel good book and I read it all in one sunny day last week, mostly sat outside. It’d also be a good book to cheer up a grey dreary day. Win win, basically.

Molly’s perfect life comes crashing down following the unexpected death of her husband David. She is left alone with a big old house to maintain, finances in disarray and her hopes for happiness in a heap. But Molly is a survivor. Despite objections from her two daughters, Molly fears that the only solution will be to sell their beloved home. But as she finds herself drawn to the old neglected and overgrown walled rose garden and the dilapidated gardener’s cottage attached, she suddenly sees a future as she decides to restore them.

As the rose garden takes on a new life and starts to bloom again,Molly finds that she can look to the future with new confidence and hope.

Reading that synopsis you might be wondering why I described it as feel good. It certainly sounded like it might be a bit of a tear jerker but I never found that. It just had a really nice, positive feeling to it.

It was about finding yourself and about the fact that sometimes what we think we want isn’t what we need. And it was set in Ireland. There’s just something about Irish fiction. I can’t explain it but its a good thing…

I think we were all a bit sad when Maeve Binchy died. The Rose Garden reminded me of some of her books and whilst I don’t think Marita Conlon-McKenna will be inheriting her queen of fiction crown anytime soon (I think more time is needed before it’s passed on) she may well be one of the contenders.

Whilst I liked the end of this book I was a but sad to reach it. And for the first time in a good while on finishing it I hoped there’d be a sequel because I’d really like to spend more time with Molly and her friends and family. I’m really glad I read this 🙂

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