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Garden of Scandal

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  97 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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 15th 2012 by Harlequin Mira (first published 1997)
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Elen Mariano
Dec 11, 2014 Elen Mariano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Queria poder dar mais do que cinco estrelas...
Renee-Emilie Roberge
I was sure it was written in the 80s, It's so ''old Harlequin''! Laurel's not old but her age is always mentioned like she was a 100 year old woman who was dating a young man of 17.

Maybe it's because i'm not from a little village in the US but I had a hard time with the influence of the priest in this town and the book contains prejudices about AIDS and drugs that shocked me even if the author is trying to do in the politically correct.
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.
Nov 16, 2013 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
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
May 21, 2011 Natalya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2015 Katreena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The concept that love can fix major emotional trauma and problems is not only laughable but damaging.
Nov 05, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
May 14, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good!

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