The Spanish Garden
Escape to sunny Spain with this absolutely gorgeous and unputdownable summer romance
by Cherry Radford
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Pub Date 12 May 2022 | Archive Date 12 May 2022
Head of Zeus, Aria
Andie finds herself in the midst of a media scandal that threatens to end her career as a TV landscape designer and her relationship with fellow presenter Johnny.
On impulse, she decides to rent her grandmother's old home in southern Spain where she stayed as a child, but is shocked to discover that the beautiful Mediterranean garden she loved is now neglected and overgrown. Worse, her booking has fallen through and ex-flamenco dancer Vicente and his little son Rafi are staying at Casa Higuera – where Vicente's wife died in an unexplained accident.
After a rocky first meeting, Andie offers to restore the garden, and gradually she and Vicente form a tentative bond.
As the garden heals and reveals its secrets, can anything grow between two people who have lost so much?
An unputdownable romance set under the beautiful Spanish sunshine, perfect for fans of Rosanna Ley, Jennifer Bohnet and T.A. Williams.
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I picked this book up on a whim. The need for a summery place, especially during the current winter months was all the draw I needed. There were so many things within it that surprised me though. One being flamenco! During 2021, I happened to read Jo Thomas's Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard (a great book by the way), and flamenco was such a huge aspect of that book. It absolutely made it for me, and now I've been hooked on it ever since! The dance isn’t about how far and how fast you can shake your butt. It’s about passion, power, and tradition. All of this combined with the gardening and family dynamics, helped me to immerse myself into TSG’s storyline and the characters to a greater level.
Vicente (The Love Interest), Was my favorite. He had the whole grouchy thing going on but also as the story progressed, you find he is a very sweet guy. He had so many layers, and as the reader, you want to know more and more about him because of those layers.
Andie (Our Leading Lady), Is a character haunted by her past but uses the time she's given restoring her grandmother's garden as a source of redemption. Not only finding restoration herself but bringing restoration to others as well. My favorite part about her character was that although she had many reasons to close off her heart she always seemed to keep it open to love.
This is a slow-burn romance, so if you don’t enjoy that, this may not be for you but, if you do, you'll enjoy it so much more for it. I also feel that any other type of romance would have taken away instead of enhanced. The author is able to balance everything and still give you a great story. The scenery described is so on point and so amazing, you’ll wanna go and see Spain for yourself. I enjoyed this very much, and I'm planning on picking up more books by this author soon.
Another good book from Cherry Radford. Set in the same area as The Spanish House (also worth a read). Andie’s relationship with Vicente and his son Rafi develops beautifully and the descriptions of the area and garden are very colourful. Really enjoyed this book.
A fun, flirty, funny book. That is light and airy and really easy to read. This book is really great for those time where you just want to pick something up and sink into the pages easily.
Beautifully descripted slow burn romance. Another very enjoyable book by Cherry Radford The cover totally drew me in such lovely colour.. Thank you netgalley for the advance copy
This book is amazing. Begins in England then moves to Almeria in Spain. A story of Andie who is a gardener and when her life gets complicated she goes to Spain to find her grandmothers old house and garden. A story of love , gardening and beautiful settings . I read it in Mojcar ( Almeria ) . It is a must beautiful read. Can not praise it enough.
When it all goes to ‘hell in a handbasket,’ Andrea Butts heads to the one place she knows she’ll be accepted without question; Casa Higuera. Once her grandmother’s home, it’s now a holiday rental and Andi is ecstatic to find it available on the dates she’s chosen. She’s looking forward to forgetting about the workplace and relationship drama and heading to Andalucia, Spain.
As is always the case when we’re on a trajectory to personal growth - there’s a wrench thrown into the plans. The house isn’t available. It’s rented by Vicente, a moody, ex-flamenco dancer dude with glasses and Jesus hair and his odd little boy, Rafi.
What would likely blow most of us out of the water, Andi takes it in stride and finds somewhere else. Just to make sure that the universe knows she’s on the path to rejuvenation, it plots her path to cross the path of a wild boar! When she’s gored, Vicente and Rafi are the ones who come to her rescue. This opens up an opportunity for Andi to repay his kindness and she’s able to restore his garden. It’s here the real healing takes place.
Although the barren, semi-desert Cabo de Gata Natural Park area of Almeria doesn’t appeal to me, the sunshine and warmth do, and I was looking forward to an easy, uplifting read to get my mind off world events. This is so much more than a slow-burn romance; it’s about secrets, rejuvenation, redemption, finding out more about one’s heritage, restoring beauty, healing, and appreciating kindness in others. It’s also about the healing power of horticulture.
The novel oozes authenticity; the author is hispanophile thanks to her half Spanish mother and she resides part of the year in Almeria and part in Sussex. You’ll probably notice she also loves flamenco - it runs through her books and in her blood! This is book 2 of a trilogy set in the Cabo de Gata coastal region of Andalucia. Book 3, Spanish Cove, is due in summer 2022.
If you aren’t pulled in by the gorgeous cover, you’ll be swept away by the Spanish infusion and will definitely feel those slow, lazy days of summer captured between the pages.
I was gifted this advance copy by Cherry Radford, Head of Zeus, Aria, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
The Spanish Garden is the sweet story of a young woman trying to start over. Andie is a master gardener and a reality television star. Her whole world is turned upside down by an innocent mistake. To regroup and start over, she takes a vacation in the area where she used to visit her grandmother, a remote town in Spain. In getting a job tending her grandmother's garden and making some missteps along the way, she grows to become more sure of who she is and what is meant to be doing. This is the second book in a series set in small town Spain.
This book contains a bit of romance, although it seems a bit contrived to me. But, hey, we all need a bit of escapist romance sometimes. It's just that the romantic interest was not that engaging of a character. There were other characters who were believable and engaging, so this wasn't a sticking point for me.
I especially appreciated the portrayal of the young boy with autism. It was respectful but honest about some of the struggles that goes along with autism.
This story had some unexpected twists and turns that were absolutely heartwarming and thrilling. This book is seriously your perfect beach read for the coming summer. You will love to sit in the warm sun and imagine that you too are living your best life in Spain.
This book does have some sexy parts, but everything is closed door, just the way I like it.
I look forward to the third book in the series and can recommend this book along with the first.
Thank you to NetGalley and Aria for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
The Spanish Garden is a heart-warming story: light, easy to read and very enjoyable. We follow Andie as she transforms a neglected wilderness back to the garden that had been her haven as a child. Along the way there are tears, laughter, and a few surprises. The author is able to make you feel the warmth of the southern Spanish sun as she describes the garden, the people, and the relationships that develop between Andie and her new friends.
This book transported me to another world… A beautifully written page-turner ... When you've finished reading you'll be desperate to pass it on…..
A wonderful book to be transported to a sunny climate when you are reading it in cloudy bleak skies.
A very easy read with wonderful characters and great description used in all areas. I found this a real page turner and will be reading other books by this author.
This story got you hooked from the start. I must say it did take some time to get used to all the characters and how they were connected. A lovely storyline that takes the reader to the heat and beautiful Spain. If you like a novel where families and tricky relationships are the main storyline then you will enjoy this novel.
The Spanish Garden by Cherry Radford
Release Date: May 12. 2022
Meet Andi, a sweet British television gardener as she escapes a media scandal in England. She heads to her grandmothers old home in Almeria Spain. To the garden that made her who she is today. Chasing memories (and chasing some answers for the future), she finds that the house is being rented to a quiet, moody, ex-flamenco dancer, Vicete and his young son Raf.
When a wild boar accident thrusts them together, Andi has a chance to rebuild the worn down garden of her past, and maybe a new path to her future.
This is a heartwarming book full of self discovery, friendship, womanhood, and love.
Thank you to @netgalley for the opportunity to read this before it is published!
This book is a whole lot of fuzzy feelings between covers. I haven’t read a lot of heartwarming love stories lately, and this was just so lovely. I loved joining Andi in her ride to find herself and to ultimately fall in love with her life in Spain. The book is so vividly written, I felt like I was in the garden with her. I am so happy I randomly chose this one. It was such an amazing feel good ride. If you need some good, Mediterranean vibes, pick this one up later in may.
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Andi wasn't expecting to find love when she decamped to Spain but that's what happens in this light and cheery novel. Vincente and his little son Rafi are still mourning the loss of his wife/mother. Andi, who decides to restore her grandmother's garden slowly brings down their defenses. And there's flamenco! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read.
The Spanish Garden by Cherry Radford is a lovely story set in the Almeria region of Spain. This book is almost like a guidebook of the region and it’s clear that the author has first-hand knowledge of the area. The story is also lovely as well as the beautiful descriptions of the garden.
Andie is a garden designer and works on a television show called Challenging Gardens with her boyfriend, presenter, Johnny. When a scandal ensues with her boyfriend and his family, she decides she must lay low for a while. She retreats to Spain, where she used to spend summers with her beloved Grandmother, Grandie, working on her fabulous garden on the Almeria coast.
Andie was troubled when she found out that someone else was living in her Grandmothers home. Her parents sold the home, years ago, and it’s now an Air B&B. When she booked her stay, she made a mistake and didn’t confirm her reservation and found Vicente and his shy son, Rafi staying there. She finds a place nearby and decides she wants to spend her summer fixing up her Grandie’s garden, but first, she must get permission from Vicente, a former Flamenco dancer and now a recluse, who doesn’t want to talk to anyone.
The Spanish Garden was a fantastic stay on the Spanish Coast. I loved the details of the garden, and I wanted to explore the garden and all the pathways and little spots for lounging and taking the trail down to the sea.
This is a slow-burn romance, as neither Andie nor Vincente want a relationship. I really liked Vincente’s transformation from grumpy recluse to loving boyfriend and father. Vincente’s son, little Rafi was so cute, and adorable, and he was my favorite character. I also enjoyed the other side characters very much, the small but friendly ex-pat community was a fun bunch and I loved how they took Andie under their wing.
I recommend The Spanish House to anyone who loves a good romance and wants to armchair travel to Spain. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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