A spellbinding novel about marriage, passion, loss, renewal, and the healing power of love from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War. Married couple, Miranda and David, move out of London into a beautiful country house with an idyllic garden. But reality turns out to be very different from their bucolic 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 a mysterious 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 discovers his secret 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 combines the savvy of contemporary women's fiction with an old fashioned sensibility steeped in the importance of family and the magical power of love.
‘This is Santa Montefiore at her best – an enchanting read overflowing with deliciously poignant moments. If you love a heartfelt, epic trilogy this is for you. I loved it and can’t wait for more’
– Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife, on Songs of Love and War
‘Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart’
– Jojo Moyes
‘A multigenerational banquet of love: falling in, falling out, rediscovering,rekindling. The Beekeeper’s Daughter features sophisticated, irresistible backdrops and brilliantly drawn characters that made it one of the most engrossing reads of my year’
– Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker, on The Beekeeper's Daughter
‘I raced through this feel-good romantic story, which spans continents and decades’
– Fanny Blake, Woman & Home on The Beekeeper's Daughter
‘This deeply romantic saunter is an ideal summer read. Laced with secrets and forbidden liaisons, it is sure to keep you turning the pages’
– The Lady on The Beekeeper's Daughter
‘Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher’
– Daily Mail
‘A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times’
‘A gripping romance . . . it is as believable as the writing is beautiful’
– Daily Telegraph
‘Anyone who likes Joanne Harris or Mary Wesley will love Montefiore’
– Mail on Sunday
‘One of our personal favourites and bestselling authors, sweeping stories of love and families spanning continents and decades’
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