The Lemon Grove has everything I like in a book: scandal, sexual obsession, and an exotic setting. The sultry languor of Italy in the summer coupled with Jenn's feeling of unreality, her exhilarating belief that none of her actions have consequences make this the perfect steamy summer read! Once I started reading I couldn't stop, just kept going to the inevitable and sinister ending. Read this one on the beach and shiver for more reasons than one!
Jenn and Greg are enjoying the last week of their annual summer holiday in Majorca, off the coast of southern Spain. Their days are languorous, the time passing by in a haze of Rioja-soaked lunches, hours at the beach, and lazy afternoon sex in their beautiful villa. It is the perfect summer idyll . . . until Greg’s teenage daughter—Jenn’s stepdaughter—Emma, arrives with her new boyfriend, Nathan, in tow. The next seven days are a brilliantly paced fever dream of attraction between Jenn and the reckless yet mesmerizing Nathan.
The Lemon Grove is an intense pas de deux of push and pull, risk and consequence . . . and moral rectitude, as it gets harder and harder for Jenn to stifle her compulsion.
About the Author
Helen Walsh was born in Warrington, England, in 1976. Her second novel, Once Upon a Time in England, was the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. She now lives in Liverpool.
“A sultry, sexy romp through a sea of simmering resentments, moral dilemmas, and questions about loyalty and forgiveness.” —Glamour
“More than a steamy page-turner. . . . Expertly paced and emotionally insightful. . . . A taut narrative with just a touch of Daphne du Maurier.”—Newsday
“Unputdownable. . . . A brilliant study of lust and obsession. . . . The writing is sensuous and sexy, with a nail-biting sense of trepidation as things spiral out of control.” —Marie Claire (UK)
“Gripping. . . . Walsh's pacing is brilliant, her writing a combination of William Trevor and Erica Jong. . . . Can mutual peace really coexist with wild chaos? Walsh's readers will find themselves eagerly turning the pages, racing to find out.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Dangerously hot . . . setting loyalties—and readers’ libidos—ablaze.” —Vogue
“Taut and lyrical; steamy, tender, and full of insight. . . . It’s refreshing to find a writer as fiercely talented as Helen Walsh turning her hand to a richly sensual story of forbidden lust as psychologically substantial as it is sexy.” —The Guardian (London)
“A sensual and keenly observant story. . . . Equally tender as it is fierce.” —Bustle.com
“Impossible to put down. . . . Walsh’s novel, which takes place over the course of just one week, will have people talking about it for a long, long time. It exudes controversy and hushed conversations that almost feel taboo. . . . And the unexpected ending will shock you to the core.” —Romantic Times
“Extraordinarily, electrifyingly good. You will read it and then instantly give it to your best friend to read.” —Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of Before I Met You and Ralph’s Party
“A steamy study of transgressive passion.” —Express (UK)
“The Lemon Grove is a slinky, sultry, seductress of a novel that kept me reading long past bedtime. Titillating and tense, poignant and honest, Helen Walsh's tale of forbidden desire satisfies on all levels.” —Lori Lansens, bestselling author of Rush Home Road and The Girls
“I cannot imagine a more gripping, sexy summer read; I loved it.” —Jenny Colgan, author of Where Have All the Boys Gone?