A Good Year for the Roses by Gil McNeil

A good Year for the Roses

Photo Credit: Hyperion


*This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A Good Year for the Roses

Molly Taylor’s life has not been fun lately. Recently divorced, raising 3 kids, and trying to find a new place to live is taking it’s toll on her. With her beloved Aunt Helena dying, and her mother calling her to worry her about not wearing a pantsuit to the funeral- Molly knows that while a funeral is not a fun experience- this one may be more trying due to her family. What Molly does not know is that Helena has a few tricks up her sleeve and all will be revealed at the reading of the will. When Molly finds out that she inherits Harrington Hall, it puts a fly in the ointment for her father and brother. But not for Molly- it gets her a new place to live and a place for the boys to run free and play (although Molly does wish there was a bit less mud for the boys to play in!)

Life in Harrington Hall is not all peaches and cream and wonderful- Molly has things to learn, her Uncle Bertie to take care of and to watch out for a parrot who loves to say “Bugger, Bugger, Bugger!” And Molly cannot trust her brother- he has plans for Harrington Hall and thinks that he should be able to do what he wants, when he wants. When an old flame blows into town, Molly wonders and wonders about him- does he show his true colors? Or is he a good guy?

When the roses begin to bloom, that and other happenings ( perhaps even some romantic happenings!) show Molly that life is good- and that she deserves much happiness.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Books set in British settings are the kind that I can take or leave. Sometimes, they really work (like the Confessions of a Shopaholic series) and other times, I’m just a bit lost in them- in some of the different language and settings.

At first, in the beginning of A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES, I feared I was going to feel the latter option about British settings for this book. I was a bit overwhelmed trying to keep straight the cast of characters that I was exposed to within a matter of pages and was not sure this book was going to be for me (even though it was a charming plot!)


I took a breath. I set the book down for a bit. I picked it back up later- and things started clicking for me- I found myself enjoying the story- enjoying Molly. I especially liked how the family relationship between Molly, her parents and brother changed! Other things I liked: How each chapter began with a description of roses, Lola (Molly’s bestie), and the strength that Molly seemed to gather as the book went on.

Looking for a read that oozes charm with it’s British ways? Maybe something to be enjoyed with a cup of tea? Try A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES!


*This book was sent to Traveling With T from Hyperion Publishers. The review, thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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