Summary

Sun. Desire. Obsession. An explosive, intelligent novel from the prize-winning author of Brass.
One hot summer. One week in a villa on the outskirts of Deia, a village nestling in the rugged, mountainous west coast of the island of Mallorca. One family where the carefully laid jigsaw of life is about to be broken. Jenn and her husband, Greg, holiday each year in Deia, enjoying languorous afternoons by the pool. But this year the equilibrium is upset by the arrival of Emma, Jenn's stepdaughter, and her boyfriend Nathan. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn.
As she is increasingly seduced by the notion of 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 put lives and relationships in jeopardy, and a taut narrative that percolates with enough sexual tension to make it impossible to put down.
Sultry, spare and brilliantly paced, The Lemon Grove is a meditation on female desire, the variations of marriage, and the politics of raising other people's children. It is the work of a writer acutely alive to the complex workings of the human heart.
©2014 Helen Walsh (P)2014 Headline Digital
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3 out of 5 stars
By Saffy on 13-03-14

An unbelievable, disappointing listen.

After the excellent reviews on Amazon and elsewhere I had high hopes for this novel. Unfortunately I was hugely disappointed. This is a short book but moves along at an incredibly slow pace and completely lacks atmosphere or tension. I found the middle class family tedious and unlikeable and as the mother of a teenager myself I found Jenn's obsession with the teenage Nathan rather unbelievable. The whole novel felt forced and there was an absence of any real feeling. The narrator was listenable but her narration was similarly forced and did not flow easily.

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2 out of 5 stars
By fireysue on 29-09-17

disappointing

Ok story, to many long words that didn't fit the overall narrative. Characters not really likeable didn't care what happened to them, not great really. Person that was reading the story was poor, to may gaps between sentences and you could hear intakes of breath.

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