The Lemon Grove, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


As recommended on BBC Radio 2 Book Club, a tense, sensuous and piercingly insightful story of sexual obsession. Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca's dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn's stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn.

As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan's youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.




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A steamy tale involving a lot of graphic sex between the daughter's boyfriend and the daughter's mother while they are all holidaying together in Italy. Frankly I found this very far fetched- the idea that the mother was totally unable to restrain herself from wild sex all around the house and outside in the swimming pool with her daughter's boyfriend while her husband and daughter were in the house was really over the top as was the supposition that the mother couldn't keep her pants on because she was feeling frustrated about ageing. None of the characters are very likeable in this novel and in the end I didn't really care what happened to them.

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