Secrets of the Italian Gardener by Andrew Crofts blogtour/book review


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Secrets of the Italian Gardener written by Andrew Crofts, publisher Red Door Publishing Ltd, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, paperback and audiobook format.

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Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world and enshrine him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo s besieged palace the ghost forms an unlikely friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn/t all it appears to be. As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives the ghost struggles to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear. SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting this remarkable book.  This story of just over 140 pages is very moving and thought provoking.  The cover is very clever with the beauty of the colourful flowers then if you look again you see the crassness of the barbed wire as if holding back people from the truth the beauty of the garden beholds.

In a way I feel like I’ve just read a true story of a ghostwriter’s memoirs of a very turbulent time in the political history of a dictator and also of a very personal and tragic time the ghostwriter himself was experiencing.  The emotions I felt reading through this novel felt very real and I was questioning whether this was actually a true story.  A very clever approach the author Andrew Crofts has taken us in this novella.

An acclaimed ghostwriter has been given the task of writing a book for a high profile dictator of a Middle Eastern country in the midst of political unrest.  He is escorted away and is now secreted in the walls of the palace.  Whilst he is waiting for his one to one with the dictator the writer wanders around the magnificent garden of the palace and strikes up a conversation with the gardener.  A friendship of sorts soon develops and the writer is welcome into the Italian gardener’s residence within the palace.  The gardener isn’t all he initially appears and slowly secrets are revealed that are very significant in the dictator’s life story.

The safety of all within the palace walls is threatened and you are left gripped with a dramatic escape.  An escape that reveals more secrets that have been kept in the dark for a long time.

During all this time the writer has been hiding his own secret.  A heart breaking story in his own life that he can never shield his eyes from; even in times of rest and slumber his heart is tortured all over again by events he cannot erase from his memory.

A very emotive story that tugs at your heart and your own beliefs of humanity however, strangely at the end you feel a sense of hope 5/5*

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Girls on Tour series by Nicola Doherty

GIRLS ON TOUR is a series of 5 interlinked e-novellas about four friends who find fun, romance and adventure in glamorous locations. The adventures commenced in July with stop offs in September, December and February 2015. In April 2015 the whole series will be published in one volume in paperback and ebook.


Poppy does Paris is the first in the series and is available now.
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Wow, I loved this little novella. It is fun, flirty and fabulous … great start to a mini series.

Poppy is a fun, character, she’s very original and has her own style but is quite shy underneath all this quirkiness. Poppy has been single for just over a year and decides the only way forward is online dating which is where we catch up with Poppy devising her online profile. She has some fabulously funny ideas for her profile but what does she decide with? An unexpected work trip to Paris causes a bit of chaos to Poppy’s love life but you’ll have to read the book to find out …

The second in the series Lily does LA is available tomorrow, 25th September.
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I loved this second instalment of Nicola Doherty Girls on Tour series.

I love Lily, she is feisty, fun and sensitive at the same time. Lily is an out of work actress, she’s been struggling to find her big break and has filled her time by doing random jobs to pay the bills. When Lily is offered the chance to go to LA to help her cousin organise her wedding out there she jumps at the chance. What follows is a fun adventure in LA for Lily were she discovers a new found confidence, new friends, new allies, new love.

Nicola Doherty’s writing is fresh, funny, honest and thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve really enjoyed books 1 and 2 in the Girls on Tour series, I bet Nicola had great fun writing these novellas. The stories are stand alone but the girls are inter-linked. Nicola has done a fab map on her website which explains the connections between the girls.

Book 3: Maggie does Meribel is available to pre-order ready for release on 4th December, amazon link:

Book 4: Rachel does Rome is also available to pre-order for release on 5th February 2015, amazon link:

If you fancy a fun, frivolous, romantic read the Girls on Tour series is just perfect. Grab yourself a ticket and join the adventures of Poppy, Lily, Maggie and Rachel.