The Lemon Grove (Hardcover)
Doubleday Books, 9780385538534, 200pp.
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
--The New York Times Book Review
A highly charged, sultry, beautifully written and compulsive one-sit read, The Lemon Grove is an intense novel about obsession and sex the perfect summer book.
Jenn and Greg have been married for fourteen years, and, as the book opens, they are enjoying the last week of their annual summer holiday in Deia, a village in Majorca off the coast of southern Spain. Their days are languorous, the time passing by in a haze of rioja-soaked lunches, hours at the beach, and lazy afternoon sex in their beautiful villa. It is the perfect summer idyll . . . until Greg's teenage daughter (Jenn's stepdaughter), Emma, arrives with her new boyfriend, Nathan, in tow.
What follows, over the course of seven days, is a brilliantly paced fever dream of attraction between Jenn and the reckless yet mesmerizing Nathan. It is an intense pas de deux of push and pull, risk and consequence . . . and moral rectitude, as it gets harder and harder for Jenn to stifle her compulsion.
This is a very smart novel about many things: the loss of youth, female sexuality, the lure of May/December temptation, the vicissitudes of marriage and the politics of other people's children. It is simultaneously sexy and substantive, and Helen Walsh's masterful, even-handed tone can't help but force the reader to wonder: "What would I have done?"
Beautifully written with the tension of a rubber band just about to snap, The Lemon Grove is a book that will have people talking all summer long.
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Praise For The Lemon Grove…
“A brilliant study of lust and obsession, where desire cancels out caution and restraint. The writing is sensuous and sexy, with a nail-biting sense of trepidation, as things spiral out of control. Unputdownable”
— Marie Claire (UK)
— Daily Telegraph
“Packs a punch.”
-Sam Baker, Harpers Bazaar (UK) Books for 2014
The book of the month could be Helen Walsh’s The Lemon Grove, about marriage, female desire, and raising other people’s children, set in a villa in Mallorca.’
-The Independent, 2014 book preview (UK)
‘Fraught, highly-charged and very sexy... intelligent ... should be at the top of your summer reading list.’
-Stylist Hot Books for 2014 (UK)
‘A steamy study of transgressive passion’
-The Express, Hot Books for 2014 (UK)
‘The one to read and get you hot and bothered’
-The Sun, Hot Books for 2014(UK)
“A short, intense, sultry novel”
—The Bath Chronicle (UK)
“This year’s Beautiful Ruins”
-Glamour Magazine (UK)
“The Lemon Grove is by turns delicious and shocking, erotic and mournful, heart-stopping, yet languidly, achingly sexy. Helen Walsh deftly explores that perilous place where temptation tips into sexual obsession. And she does so with the kind of writing that leaves you no choice but to consume the book in one sitting. I did.”
-Lisa Gabrielle, author of the INternatioanlly bestselling erotica tilogy S.E.C.R.E.T. writing as L. Marie Adeline
‘This is your next Gone Girl. It’s a sultry, sexy, intense story about the lure of the forbidden, and you won’t know who to trust – a definite page turner.”
“The Lemon Grove is a short, sharp, sexy shock of a book about a woman behaving badly. I think we’ll be hearing a lot about it next year.”
–The Bookseller (UK)
"The Lemon Grove is a slinky, sultry, seductress of a novel that kept me reading long past bedtime. Titillating and tense, poignant and honest, Helen Walsh's tale of forbidden desire satisfies on all levels."
-Lori Lansens, Bestselling author of Rush Home Road and The Girls
"A beautifully written and erotically charged tale of a reckless holiday affair between a married woman and her step-daughter's teenage boyfriend. The Lemon Grove mines the dark territory of illicit desire with prose as sensual and sultry as its Mallorcan setting. Once you've started reading you won't be able to stop."
-Fiona Neill, Bestselling author of What the Nanny Saw
"I cannot imagine a more gripping, sexy summer read; I loved it."
-Jenny Colgan, author of Where Have All the Boys Gone?
“Extraordinarily, electrifyingly good. You will read it and then instantly give it to your best friend to read.”
-Lisa Jewell, Bestselling author of Before I Met You and Ralph’s Party