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Earthly Joys (Earthly Joys Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not just an allegory

This will remain one of my favorite reads! I have found the 2 or 3 other books I have read by Ms Gregory to be very good. As a gardener myself, I found this one captured my soul. I would not call it great, but full of heart.

posted by 5713743 on February 12, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Sometimes writers are good at venturing outside their comfort zo

Sometimes writers are good at venturing outside their comfort zones.
Sometimes they are not. In this case, Gregory is not. Attempting to
write from a male perspective, Gregory falls flat in this slow moving
historical drama about the rise of the Stuarts to the English ...
Sometimes writers are good at venturing outside their comfort zones.
Sometimes they are not. In this case, Gregory is not. Attempting to
write from a male perspective, Gregory falls flat in this slow moving
historical drama about the rise of the Stuarts to the English throne.
John Tradescant is the best gardener in England. He is a man who gives
his entire heart and soul to the lords he chooses to serve. First it is
Robert Cecil, and then he pledges himself to the Duke of Buckingham,
transcending from a lowly gardener to a confidante of two powerful men
as the political face of the nation changes. Living in a time of such
social and political upheaval, it is ironic that Tradescant is a stick
in the mud. His love and loyalty remains pledged to characters far
beyond when they should. There is action--but it is few and far between.
Mainly this book is a series of conversations and then traveling, and
then more conversations. The set up for a sequel at the end is awkwardly
done as well. Gregory has done better with her women. She should stick
to them.

posted by lmbernier on August 17, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Liked this more than otjer reviewers

    I found the topic fascinating..but i do love gardening and plants. It was slower than others but the topic was more unique. Was not able to get into sequel at all. Never was able to get into virgin earth...and i devoured all her other books.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    Page Turner

    However, if you are not sure you want to read about a man instead of a women this go around with Gregory then this book isn't for you. However It is very well written but please do hesitate when you realize whats going on between this Gardener and his Male Friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    I'm glad I finally read this book

    I'm a fan of Philippa Gregory, but I kept putting off buying this book because the gardening theme just didn't appeal to me. I finally caved and I'm so glad I did. The gay affair is not gratuitous or cheap - it's the next logical step after reading about John's unwaivering devotion and love for his masters. It's as though it has to occur in order to understand John's character even better. It's really a fascinating story and I can't wait to get the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    Joyful reading

    I have enjoyed my second time reading this book as much as the first several years ago...its a masterpiece! After I finished I had to go online and read about the king and duke: history come alive!

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