Garden of Scandal [NOOK Book]

Overview


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: intelligent, talented, passionate.

But as their relationship grows, so...

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Garden of Scandal

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Overview


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: intelligent, talented, passionate.

But as their relationship grows, so does a dangerous threat against them. Someone wants Laurel to return to her seclusion and give up her younger lover—someone who hasn't forgotten that night so many years ago.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From a veteran like Blake, one expects a little more than annoying characters who do improbable things. Agoraphobic Laurel Bancroft has been unable to leave Ivywild, her Victorian house, since she accidentally killed her husband five years before. The grounds surrounding the house are in dire need of weeding and sprucing upsomething her late husband had adamantly refused to do. When dark, dangerous Alec Stanton arrives at her door with an offer to clean up the place, Laurel hires him in a heartbeat. Alec, who had been implicated in his elderly wife's death years before, is ten years Laurel's junior and is reported to be a gigolo; and as one expects of any small Southern town, rumors about the two begin to surface. But when someone begins stalking Lauren, kills her dog and burns her potting shed, it becomes apparent there is more than Lauren's reputation at stake at Ivywild. Although a twist in the end catches the reader off guard, it isn't enough to rescue this tale. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460305027
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 722,852
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Slow Moving

    The beginning of the story was dreadfully slow and spent too much time building a romance between the characters as they fought the denial of their attraction to one another. Their thoughts and interaction were predictable and contrived. I was half way through the novel before a plot began to evolve. The disappointing ending leaves me with the question of 'what was the purpose of this story?' Very weak. This is my first read by this author. I only hope her other novels are more interesting but I probably won't bother to find out.

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