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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