Coming up Roses – Rachael Lucas

coming up roses

Would-be gardening expert Daisy can’t believe her luck when her parents announce they’re off on a midlife crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden, much in need of her expert TLC. And coming just after a break up, some peace and quiet in the countryside is just what she needs. Only, village life turns out to be anything but – with nosey neighbours and greedy developers instantly stirring up trouble. What Daisy really needs is a good friend, or two. So when she comes across Elaine and Jo, she’s relieved to have multiple shoulders to cry on. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own – a marriage in crisis, a family secret and managing the local gossips. As Daisy wrestles the garden into something like beautiful order, can she get a grip on her new feelings for handsome Irish rogue George and stop her parents selling up to a developer?

My opinion

When I saw the cover of ‘Coming up roses’ on Netgalley, I really wanted to read this book. What a fabulous cover and it really invites you to read it. I love British chicklits (even though I hate the word) and I always want to live inside the book, wherever it takes place. Even though I’m a city gal through and through, the surroundings in ‘Coming up roses’ is described in such a way that all I wanted to do is pack my bags and at least go there for a short holiday.

Really, from the first page you’ll fall in love with the characters and Daisy felt like she was me at times. I don’t like gardening at all but despite that, I could seriously imagine Daisy’s love for gardening (and got a tad jealous because of her amazing gardening skills!).

Rachael Lucas found herself a new fan. I’ve thorougly enjoyed her writing style and the story feels like a comforting hug. I loved it.


If you’re looking for a wonderful chicklit story, which is set on the true English countryside? This is your book, especially if you’re a fan of Jenny Colgan and such.


Coming up roses by Rachael Lucas
Published by Pan Macmillan
Genres: Chicklit
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781447265481

You can buy the book at Book Depository.

I received this book in exchange for a review. If you want to read more about this, read my disclaimer.

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