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Im Garten meiner Liebe

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,936 ratings  ·  97 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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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
This is one of my favorite Katie Fforde books. Love the characters the writing , the setting. Katie Fforde is one of my favorite writers.
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.
Hélène Louise
'Wild designs' is exactly the genre I favor: normal people, but gifted ones, everyday life, children, animals, plausible love-story, humor and so on.
But having the right ingredients doesn't make the dish and, if I didn't dislike this book, and even like some parts of it, it wasn't a good read. I know that all authors can't be Jane Austen or Victoria Clayton, but a minimum quality is required to charm me.

To be petty I'll begin with two weaknesses : the animals. If the dog is well drawn, the thr
really enjoyed this - thanks for lending it to me sis!
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.
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.
I read about this book on one of the HaBOs (Help a Bitch Out) from Smart Bitches Trashy Books. Someone was looking for the story of a woman who had been gardening secretly on a neighbor's property which was bought. The new owner is taken aback to find her there but allows her to continue. After her ex-husband runs away with his girlfriend, the gardener and the new owner slowly enter into a physical relationship and then fall in love.
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Novia Raihanah
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
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
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
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
Loved it! This is one of my favorite Katie Fforde books. I've read it several times and it always makes me smile. And sometimes laugh out loud. While it's rather predictable, it's cheerful, funny and sweet. Light and light-hearted. A rom-com heavier on the com than on the rom. And for anyone who enjoys gardening, that's just one more enjoyable aspect of the story.
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
Suanne Laqueur
It moved a little slow for me. I file it with the books I've read in which by the time the couple gets it together, I no longer care if they're going to get it together. I wished it focused more on Althea's gardening abilities than her pathetic love life. But overall it was a light, charming read. Good for the bedside table.
Goddess Of Blah

***SNORE**** BORING *****
snore - way better books out there - don't waste your time
Wouldn't say I liked this very much. A lot of dithering, a lot of plodding chapters... but I guess all these added to the frustration and the final relief. Not so sure if it was worth it though. Picked this up for the promise of flowers, didn't get enough of it. A no from me.
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Shannon Hampton
This is a sweet, predictable book that is nice easy reading. I liked reading a story about a slightly chunky woman finding love late in her 30s... it is firmly in the chic lit category, but sometimes that's what is needed.
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
Marie Godley
A chaotic household and a woman with a passion for gardening. A dilapidated greenhouse that bring the main characters together and an exhibit into the Chelsea flower show. this is a great read.
Denise Prewett
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
Annaha Ibrahim
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".
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
Sandi Hall henning
Have also read "Stately pursuits", "Highland fling" and "Second Thyme Round." Good books but pretty predictable.
Jennifer Stewart
I read about 1/3 of the book and did not finish it as it became increasingly predictable.
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
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
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
Dorothy Fleming
abandoned -- I found it dull
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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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