The French Gardener (Paperback)

A Novel

By Santa Montefiore

Simon & Schuster, 9781416543749, 432pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2009

List Price: 15.99*
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“The French Gardener is one of the best books I've read in a long time. This story of love and family made me cry, made me laugh, and, most of all, made me think. We all need reminders to notice the beauty of nature surrounding us and to slow down enough to enjoy the true simplicity of life.”
— Tresa Mott, The Next Chapter, Knoxville, IA
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A neglected garden. A cottage that holds a secret. A mysterious and handsome Frenchman. Prepare to be “spellbound by the sheer charm” (Daily Express, UK) of Santa Montefiore’s tender and powerful novel about passion, loss, and the healing power of love.

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.

About the Author

Santa Montefiore lives in London with her husband, the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, and their two children. Readers can visit her website at

Praise For The French Gardener: A Novel

"Montefiore is a grand storyteller."

-- Emily Melton, Booklist