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Im Garten meiner Liebe

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,481 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Seit Altheas Trennung von ihrem Ehemann sind ihre drei Kinder und ein prachtvoller Garten Mittelpunkt ihres Lebens.Das ändert sich schlagartig, als der attraktive Architekt Patrick Donahugh die alte Villa auf dem Nachbargrundstück kauft, um dort mit seiner jungen Geliebten einzuziehen. Denn Patrick hält so manche "Überraschung" bereit, die Altheas wohlgeordneten Alltag geh ...more
Paperback, 494 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Lübbe (first published June 17th 1996)
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Mar 01, 2009 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Nice escape read with an English flavor. Not perfectly written, but likable characters and generally fun. Fforde does seem to have difficultly wrapping up the story, so her endings are often a bit awkward.
There were definitely times I wanted to smack the main character, Althea, upside the head. Also, her sister, her ex, her mother, and a few other characters.

Althea is a 38-year-old divorced mother-of-teens who's just lost her job as a school secretary. This is not all bad news--it gives Althea a chance to try for a career as a gardener, previously her hobby. Her younger sister is a bossy critic of pretty much anything Ally does or is--and their mother is apparently worse, but fortunately lives at
May 27, 2015 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
From this first sentence: 'Mum,' said a voice, reproachful yet forgiving. 'Have you been drinking orange juice straight out of the carton again?' I knew this was going to be a fun read.

Althea is middle aged and a little overweight, has three teenage children, is a single divorced mother, and is about to lose her job. She is very likable and tries to make the best of things. She's cheerful but not perfect. There are some hilarious encounters and a whole lot of misunderstandings.

About half-way thr
Feb 20, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild Designs is my favorite book by Katie Fforde. I've read it several times. Althea, a 38-year-old British housewife finds her life turned upside down when she is laid off from her job as a school secretary. While she launches a new career as a garden designer she meets Patrick, a man who is both disconcerting and extremely attractive. Katie Fforde writes with humor and insight. This amusing chick lit novel makes me smile every time I read it.
Apr 29, 2008 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie Fforde continues to be my favorite literary candy. This one was about gardening again, and reminded me how much I still really would love to have a greenhouse. And a fountain. And the heated indoor swimming pool isn't a bad idea either.
Mar 07, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Katie Fforde books. Love the characters the writing , the setting. Katie Fforde is one of my favorite writers.
Aug 01, 2014 Notserp2002 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this - thanks for lending it to me sis!
I read in one of the other reviews (Vivian's) of this book that this story was like Pride and Prejudice. Although I have never read Jane Austen's tug-and-pull love story, I've seen some adaptations - albeit long ago - and can see where she is coming from.

Nevertheless, I don't mind that. All Katie Fforde's stories involve some sort of misunderstanding between two (potential) lovers, which end up in a happily-ever-after anyway. And ultimately that's what you read a chick-lit for. No, it was not th
I was a little bit disappointed with this one. I liked the where the story started but it kinda dwindle down for me at the end. I wanted more romance and it felt like Patrick didn't put enough effort to win Althea. Although I did like it when Althea realized that she wanted to pursue Patrick but I guess for me it was rather flat. Plus, there was too much third party going on. Like first with Topaz, and then also Althea's ex-husband Frederick, and then with Sylvia and Jenny. And there was also a ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Cozythai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-chick-book
This book was lovely and funny. I enjoy reading Fforde's books and it was great to get back into this one. It's been a couple of years since I have read the book but going back to it was fun.

I love Althea, she is such a lovely and caring mother and every obstacle she comes across, she is able to overcome it.

The only person that infuriated me the most would be her ex husband Frederick. a womanising prick and a coward, at time in the book he asks his children before asking Althea anything and th
May 03, 2012 Janel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was painfully s-l-o-w.....It dragged on and on, and was muddied up with so many useless characters that I would feel annoyed and confused. The main character was way too much of a pushover with such a prudish and self sacrificing outlook on love and life I don't know how Althea's main love interest Patrick could stand it. He was enormously patient. The way the character thought of herself and described herself I couldn't picture anyone remotely desirable. She sounded like such a matron ...more
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Sep 22, 2010 Goddess Of Blah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

***SNORE**** BORING *****
snore - way better books out there - don't waste your time
Mar 30, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes life can be a disappointment. This book was one for me.

Forgetting the end, it is a reasonably good story - Strong single Mother pushing onwards into life after losing her job. Her parents have given her money, so she can survive. Althea decides to enter a contest for gardening, blah blah blah.
It was constantly mentioned about the Eldest Son, being a Buddhist. I don't get 'why' it was always mentioned. He sounds like my Son, whom isn't a Buddhist. It makes me want to over thing, but I d
Jan 08, 2012 Jacqueline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 20, 2013 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably really between 3 and 4 stars for me. I liked that our heroine is a single woman, "pushing forty," with three teenage children.
It was refreshing to read a story about finding love later in life. (At least beyond the twenties.) My problem with the book, and why I am only giving it 3 stars, is because for all of Althea's protestations of how moral she is, and that she needs to set the example for her children, she still manages to sleep with her love interest before they are marrie
Jan 11, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
A new author for me (an advantage of not having time to compile a list prior to going to the library and having to peruse the shelves for interesting-looking spines). I experience the disconnect I always feel when reading about 39-year-olds with teenaged children and the mother's resulting "over-the-hill" feeling. However, this is a pleasant story of the difficulties of single parenthood and the conflict between being a parent and having a romantic life (and a SH** of an ex-husband!). Definitely ...more
May 16, 2015 Novia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dunno what force on Earth moved me to pick up this book from the library's shelves, but, hey!, nice job!
So many things happened in this book I don't even know what to say.
Fforde somehow makes gardening hella attractive.
(and not just because I want to attract a rich architect of my own with me planting illegally on his land)
((actually idm))
I reaaaalllyy wanna see all the submissions in Piccadilly. And the pond, how does that work??
The bigger question is, what the he
Jul 21, 2012 Tali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This novel pretty much does what it says on the tin - it's a lighthearted read with no shocking twists or turns. The most annoying thing about it was the way that the protagonist Althea was so indecisive about everything, but luckily the cast of supporting characters are engaging enough to help you along in the story. A nice read, but sometimes I do wonder just how many more attractive women living in genteel poverty in the country there are left for Fforde to write about. Good summer reading, b ...more
Denise Prewett
Dec 26, 2013 Denise Prewett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Althea is raising her 3 clidren by herself after her left her when the youngest was a baby (now she's 11). She is being let go from her job as a school secratarty cause 2 school are merging and wants to go for her dream of being a landscape designer. Patrick bought the old house where Althea has been keeping her plants in the old green house. He is dating his much younger secretary and Althea is attracted, but feels frumpy and certainly wouldn't go after another woman's man. But Patrick is attra ...more
Oct 17, 2008 Shannan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a nice little story about a single mother with three teenagers. When she loses her job as a school secretary, she decides to put her hobby of gardening to use as a professional garden designer.

It was a little slow to get started and the ending was a little forced and abrupt, but I enjoyed the characters and the story. The gardening bent was great and got me fired up to get back in the soil. I don’t know about other people, but I really enjoyed the British slang, especially since it was
Oct 14, 2014 Elaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-hated
I am giving up on page 229 out of 399. It is just an incredibly dull “will they, won’t they” story with Althea, the main character who is extremely dithery and at 39 years old acts more like a 59 year old and Patrick, the male lead who is just gorgeous but in a smarmy way. Althea lives with her three children and dog, but somewhere around the middle of the book some Siamese cats appeared – never heard of them before and doubt they will appear again. That is the most exciting thing in the book, s ...more
Jan 01, 2008 Nanci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading a chick lit novel that had a main character closer to her 40's. She was a very likable character, although it took awhile for the story to really take off. I haven't read any of Fforde's other books, but it looks like they are all centered around gardening.. not sure if I want to read more of her stuff or not. I'm a terrible gardner and reading about someone who loves it and does it well just makes me feel guilty that I don't try harder in my own backyard :-(
Dec 19, 2011 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally found this book! I read it years ago. Years before Goodreads. Thank goodness for Goodreads and now I can sleep at night. I enjoyed the ever living daylights out of this book. It was funny, and I am a sucker for happy endings. I recommend this book as a fun light happy story.
....And since I finally found it again, I am going to see if the Library has it and read it again!!! Maybe it will even be in an Audio version by now.
Mar 26, 2013 Liselott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book i probably wouldn't have gone and bought myself, but i enjoyed it eventhough the end was predictable. It's an old-fashioned romance and if i could i would have slapped Althea, the main character quite a few times for her stubbornness.. The author and Althea's love for gardening inspired me to get out in my own garden and pot around.which is a plus. Chelsea flower show was also on my mind to visit, if the tickets wouldn't been sold out for 55£..
Mary Beth Marion
I like Katie Fforde. Her books are light, fluffy, girly, occasionally funny, and always a nice escape between reading deeper material. They're kind of comfort books - I know they aren't going to demand anything of me, but I'll always see something to make me smile. I also like the fact that I usually learn something - in this one, it's about gardening, but others had a great take on antiques, or cooking, or piloting a houseboat down the canals of England. A fun read with a nice cup of tea.
Le stelline potrebbero anche arrivare a quattro in realtà. Molto molto piacevole questo romanzo. La Fforde mi ha colpito favorevolmente. La storia carbura lentamente ma questo è un pregio perché riesce ad arrivare dove non ti aspetti. Credo proprio che leggerò qualcos'altro di suo anche perché devo darle il merito di non somigliare a nessun'altra autrice che io conosca.
Jan 10, 2012 Camy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first katie Fforde book and I found it quite delightful. Of course, I was totally attacted by the graphics and the colours on the copy of the book I picked up at my own personal Glen Pine library. I do have this penchant for light English fare and I found it was so typically British...I am on to other books by this author now...wonderful for mindless relaxation of the mind!!
Aug 28, 2007 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglophilia
I really enjoy Katie Fforde's books, only a few have lost me half way through. This book is one of my favorites. Althea is a mess but she's a great mother, patient to her annoying sister and better than she should be to her ex husband. But it is her relationship with dreamy Patrick that is worth the read as are the author's descriptions of Althea's gardens.
Mar 03, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good enough to make me pick up another Fforde novel at the library... I thought the heroine was well-written--a woman weak in most aspects of her life, but as a single mother, she sticks to her principles (mostly) even in tough times. Nice quick read; great for travel when you can put it down and read a few chapters at a time.
Annaha Ibrahim
Jan 19, 2014 Annaha Ibrahim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the heroine is described as "she was a neurotic female who didn't know her own mind and happily messed up a promising relationship just in case her children objected, without even asking the children the question whether they did or not" - about sums up the whole book.

should be titled " the stupid love dilemma of a doormat".
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Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born 27 September 1952 in England, UK, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. Her grandfather was Sir William Gordon-Cumming. Her sister is fellow writer Jane Gordon-Cumming. Katie married Desmond Fforde, cousin of the also writer Jasper Fforde. She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony and didn't start writing until afte ...more
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