the bracken, under the soil, under the forest, under the water,
the garden’s history is there. It needs an ardent lover
to find it.’
is in unfamiliar territory. After a painful divorce and a great
deal of soul-searching, she’s abandoned her successful
career as an architect for a degree in Garden History, and uprooted
her three children to take a job as Head Gardener to millionaire
Brody is as ignorant about gardens as Lotte is knowledgeable,
his tastes as loud as hers are quiet. The things they have in
common are a passion for Maddon Park and a determination to
get their own way.
As Lotte locks horns with her boss and his spoilt young wife,
she finds herself on an emotional rollercoaster. She knows what
is right for the garden, but – still raw from divorce,
anxious about the children and frightened of entanglement –
she has no idea what is right for her.
Profile : Prue Leith
Leith was born in South Africa, but has lived most of her working
life in London, where she has held Cookery Editor or Food Columnist
jobs for The Daily Mail, The Sunday Express, The Guardian and
has also been a restaurateur, caterer, telly-cook and broadcaster,
and has written many cookbooks.
Leith has written three novels: Leaving Patrick, Sisters and The