[REVIEW] The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh
The Lemon Grove
Random House (CA: 25th February 2014; US: 3rd June 2014); Hachette Headline (UK: 27th February 2014; AU: March 2014)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

An English family, complete with a private school girl, spend the summer vacation in Spain. If this sounds like “rich, white people problems”, it pretty much is (except for the husband’s secret, which I quickly identified).

Jen covets her stepdaughter’s boyfriend. When they engage in physical activity, is it real…or just a figment of Jen’s imagination? I think the latter, though there could be arguments either way, and because this is “literary fiction”, there may not be a clear answer.

The seaside Spanish setting is lovely, but the boring characters plod along. An underwhelming novel.

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