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Book Title: The French Gardener|
Date of issue: June 2nd 2009
ISBN 13: 9781416543749
The author of the book: Santa Montefiore
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 495 KB
Read full description of the books The French Gardener:I had to spend a bit of time thinking about my review of this book. The starring role for me and the novel's saving grace was the garden around which the story is set. Time jumps between two families living in the same English country estate one in the late 1970's, the other in 2005. The strong and vivid writing brings the story of a garden to life. I could practically smell the flowers and see the stages of its creation, collapse and recreation. What I found incredibly disturbing was the author's portrayal of marital infidelity. Based on this story I must assume that either she has never been cheated on and is able to suspend morality for the sake of sappy romance or she herself cheated on someone and was able to justify it. Infidelity is condoned as long as "nobody gets hurt". Men are given the excuse of just being "like that" and a wife can easily forgive and move on in a matter of weeks with no real fall out. In these story lines both men and women cheat. This infuriating crock load of selfishly infantile behavior was saved only by my love of the garden. Had it not been for that strong draw I would have been too disgusted to finish. I struggle with anyone who has been cheated on giving this book a shining review.
Read information about the authorBorn in England in 1970 Santa Montefiore grew up on a farm in Hampshire and was educated at Sherborne School for Girls. She read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University and spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires, where her mother grew up. She converted to Judaism in 1998 and married historian Simon Sebag Montefiore in the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha in London.
Santa Montefiore's novels have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than three million copies in England and Europe.
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