The French Gardener
By Santa Montefiore
(Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9781416543749, 406pp.)
Publication Date: June 2, 2009
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It begins as Miranda and David Claybourne move into a country house with a once-beautiful garden. But reality turns out to be very different from their dream. Soon the latent unhappiness in the family begins to come to the surface, isolating each family member in a bubble of resentment and loneliness.
Then an enigmatic Frenchman arrives on their doorstep. With the wisdom of nature, he slowly begins to heal the past and the present. But who is he? When Miranda reads about his past in a diary she finds in the cottage by the garden, the whole family learns that a garden, like love itself, can restore the human spirit, not just season after season, but generation after generation.
Wise and winsome, poignant and powerfully moving, "The French Gardener" is a contemporary story told with an old-fashioned sensibility steeped in the importance of family and the magical power of love.