Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Reading My Books - Sowing Secrets

"Fran March's life in the idyllic village of St Ceridwen's Well is coming up roses.  Almost.

If only teenage daughter Rosie wasn't so curious about her real father - and if only husband Mal paid a little more attention to her, everything would be bliss.

But then a face from her past turns her world upside down - the handsome TV gardener Gabriel Weston, currently restoring the village's stately home.  And when Fran's ex-boyfriend Tom appears, it seems that all the ghosts of her romantic past are back to haunt her.

Can Fran keep Rosie's paternity under wraps?  Why is Mal acting so oddly?  And will Fran ever learn that every rose has its thorns...?"

That is what the book blurb has to say about this story.  What do I have to say?

Sowing Secrets by Trisha Ashley tells the story of Fran who is married to Mal.  They live a small village where Fran has lived for much of her life, with her daughter Rosie.  Rosie doesn't know who her father is because Fran has never told her - and because Fran isn't 100% sure who her father actually is.  Although she knows that it isn't who everyone in the village thinks it is.

Fran is an artist who loves to draw and paint and grow roses, she has some beauties in her garden and loves them a lot.

Mal is an odd character, he has a boat that he spends a lot of time on, he also spends a lot of time working away from home - with his ex wife Alison.  Recently Mal has been less and less nice to Fran and now he is insisting that she lose weight.  Even after a dramatic health issues arises.

Gabe Weston appears to help rescue the garden at Plas Gwyn for his television programme Restoration Gardener and is soon settled into village life.

These characters all come together to tell the story.  It ends well enough, but only after some nastiness on the part of one of the main characters.

Overall it is a classic all is well that ends well, and up until the last couple of chapters I really enjoyed it.  It seemed though as though we spent a long time building up to the ending which was then rather rushed and glossed over.  Almost as though everything suddenly had to be tied up because the maximum number of pages was looming.  It meant that the ending wasn't told as well as the rest in my view.  In addition, the "baddy" really should have had to face more consequences than he did in my opinion and that irked me a little!

That said, I enjoyed the story, learned lots about roses and names of roses that I have never heard of.  It was a pleasant read, with nothing nasty in it and nothing upsetting either.  So that is a good thing as far as I am concerned.

Oh, and for the rating!  I give it an 8 out of 10 for being an easy read and a 3 out of 10 for the blurb for starting two sentences with And, another with But, and for giving some of the plot away.  Nothing but honest reviewing here!

My copy of this book is now off to be enjoyed by a friend or someone buying it at the charity shop.  I am sure they will enjoy it.

Happy reading!  You can find more of my reviews here.



  1. Always a shame when the plot is given away in the blurb, always good to have a nice easy read though.

  2. Thank you for the review Amy I may read it sounds like a nice light Summer read.:) x

  3. Hi Amy! Isn't it weird how authors can't quite pull off the ending, but the book is still published? You'd think they'd fix it.
    What are you going to read next?

  4. Sounds pretty good, though I have a hard time believing a mother wouldn't tell her child who her father is.

  5. I know what you mean about rushed endings. It's as though the author has spent lots of time working out the plot, but nears the end and then has no idea how to smoothly bring all the ends together and the reader's left feeling a little bit short-changed.

  6. Oh my! You are a stickler for grammar rules. 🙂 I do not want to read this book; however, I do want to know what Mal is up to. Oops!

  7. I had to laugh at Vee's comment above. My first thought was...ohhhh, do I do that with the And's and But's?

  8. This sounds like a fun book! Thanks for sharing your review.


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