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Garden of Scandal

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Laurel Bancroft has lived for years as a recluse, isolating herself from a town that has branded her a murderer. But now, convinced people have finally forgotten, she is ready to resume her life.

Then Laurel meets Alec Stanton. Hired to help redesign her garden, Alec is a stranger with a mysterious past. Though more than ten years younger, Alec is exactly what Laurel needs:
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published 1997)
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Elen Mariano
Queria poder dar mais do que cinco estrelas...
Great read. Unusual. For once I wasn’t sure who the “villain” was! Wonderful descriptions of love between characters. Widow has become a recluse and let the gardens around her wonderful old house go to ruin. Enter the wonderful younger man with a mysterious past who has come home. He takes on her garden and her. But is he the scary threat, too? Sure seems like he has all the opportunities to jinx everything. Very enjoyable. An 9 out of 10.
Lilly Verdzco
She's housebound, judged as murderer by her hometown but not by the system.
He's there to free her, now there's a series of vandalism, could be him to make her dependable.
he's a decade her senior and makes her feel like a school girl.
someone is spreading rumors why he is in town, looking for an easy older woman to prey,
could be that the reason why he is not leaving her or there's something else in his mind.
Women's fiction / Romance / Thriller(ish)

Woman who has been essentially housebound since the death of her husband is brought back to life by a younger man who comes to the house to work on her garden.

Everyone in the town thinks she killed her husband on purpose. She hit him with her car while backing out of the garage. She doubts her innocence, too, sometimes. To escape the gossip, she stays in her house, only seeing her children, mother-in-law and sister-in-law . . . not the best support group
Very intense, very sexy. The plot is kind of like a play, where most if it happens in the same place between only two people, and most drama is dialogue based. Has some weak points (how he just shows up at her doorstep, how quickly he falls for her, how cocky some of the things he says are, his love pronouncements are very "ideal lover" and are unlikely to come up in real life), but overall it is very well written, and the intensity of the romantic scenes made even me, a seasoned romance genre r ...more
This one was a bit different. The heroine had killed her husband by backing a car over him. She now has agoraphobia. The hero had been married before to a much older woman and had been accused of her murder. He falls in love with the heroine, another older woman but only by 10 years, at first sight. The hero is just convinced that they belong together. when the locals find out about the relationship, someone starts doing bad things to try to keep them apart. The hero just sticks with the heroine ...more
Surprisingly good!

Doesn't stray from the formula much, but resists being overly saccharine.
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