Book Review: The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

The Lemon GroveWhat’s it about?

Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca’s dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn’s stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan’s youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.

My thoughts

I bought this book because of all the hype I’d seen on social media about it – there you go, the power of Twitter! It wasn’t something I’d normally choose but I gave it a go.

It was all just a bit meh if I’m honest. Jenn’s not looking forward to her step-daughter arriving with her boyfriend, Greg’s secretive over his constant phone calls and can’t see what’s happening right in front of him, Emma’s just a sulky spoilt brat and Nathan’s just a typical 17 year old putting it about where he can. What’s to like about these characters, anything…? No, nothing!

I can see why it’s been so popular over the past few months but it  just didn’t sit well with me at all, the age difference was just inappropriate and gross if I’m honest. I’m no prude, I’ve read the 50 Shades Trilogy but the sex scenes were just wrong.

There’s some stunning descriptions of Mallorca, beautiful actually, and the writing demonstrates real knowledge and articulation but it’s almost too high brow for the book’s plot if that makes sense, it’s posh mummy soft porn.  It’s a sexy book, but I actually preferred 50 Shades, I found that to be more believable.

I found more things I didn’t like than I did; Nathan, as a 17 year old, comes across as extremely sexually experienced for someone of his age.  I mean, come on, who lets there 15 year old daughter bring their 17 year old boyfriend on holiday? Not something I would have been allowed to do, or would have let my 15 year old.

However, I did like the ending, I thought it was actually the best bit and not just because it was the end. It’s left on a bit of cliffhanger and I’m pretty sure I’ve come to the right conclusion. It’s one of those endings where you need to discuss with someone else to see if they agreed.

Overall, it’s a quick read, perfect for the the summer but on the whole a bit too unbelievable for me to give a crap.

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3 Comments

  1. 20th August 2014 / 8:48 am

    I liked this book, precisely because it was troubling, and messy and, as you say, all wrong and packed with unpleasant characters. But I love the fact that you’ve pulled no punches in your review. Go on telling it like it is! Very well done.

  2. 20th August 2014 / 9:25 am

    I love your honesty! I haven’t read this yet but it seems to be a marmite book.

  3. 20th August 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Haha I love this review. I haven’t actually read this but now I want to to see if it’s really that bad!

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