Thursday 24 June 2021

Book Review: The Orange Grove by Rosanna Ley

The Orange Grove by Rosanna Ley book cover

AD* | Holly loves making marmalade. Now she has a chance to leave her stressful city job and pursue her dream - of returning to the Dorset landscape of her childhood to open Bitter Orange, a shop celebrating the fruit that first inspired her.

Holly's mother Ella has always loved Seville. So why is she reluctant to go back there with Holly to source products for the shop? What is she frightened of - and does it have anything to do with the old Spanish recipe for Seville orange and almond cake that Ella keeps hidden from her family?

In Seville, where she was once forced to make the hardest decision of her life, Ella must finally face up to the past, while Holly meets someone who poses a threat to all her plans. Seville is a city full of sunshine and oranges. But it can also be bittersweet. 

Will love survive the secrets of the orange grove?

Dreaming of a sunny getaway this summer? Let The Orange Grove transport you to the sunkissed streets of Seville! 

Holly is young yet determined; a budding entrepreneur hoping to get her fledgling business off the ground. Heading to Seville with her mother Ella, Holly has little other than business on her mind. However, it isn't long before a handsome Spanish man and the long-buried secrets of the past threaten to derail her plans. With everything she thought she knew called into question, will Seville finally reveal its secrets?

This is a story of love, loss, family, and making choices, set against the gorgeous backdrop of Seville. With its rich history and culture, this book just oozes the essence of Seville and its people. Holly and Ella explore every inch of the city, from its historic roots to its modern, tourist destinations. In a time when travel abroad is almost impossible, living vicariously through Holly and Ella's exploration of Seville is the next best thing! 

The characters are complex yet endearingly likeable. Whether you're rooting for their romantic endeavours or wishing Holly's business all the success in the world, it's easy to get caught up in their world. This is also a twisty tale, with secrets around every corner and plenty to uncover! It's engaging, well written, and highly readable. 

Stuck inside instead of relaxing by a pool in the sun? No matter - just grab a copy of The Orange Grove and you'll instantly be back in sunny Seville with Holly and Ella. 

Rating: 3 stars

The Orange Grove is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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