The Azalea Garden

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
This is the story of Naomi and Joss who meet by chance in 1956 and whose friendship survives the ups and downs of fifty years. Eventually, in their sixties, they come together again at the place where it all began – the azalea garden. More

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About Frances Nugent

Frances Nugent first started writing when her dad brought a typewriter home from work when she was twelve years old back in 1958. Nowadays she works as a copyeditor, and her two previous books, Drawing from Life and Northern Lights, were published by Sceptre. She lives in Nottingham with her husband and has two daughters and a baby grandson.


Review by: flipflogg on May 8, 2013 :
A thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing tale of two women from teenage to old age. It is easy to identify with the very human emotions described and the events and decisions taken by both were just what any of us might go through. Sometimes lucky, sometimes unlucky, like the rest of us. I like a book that won't let you put it down and this was one of those. An easy read, as the previous reviewer says, but it doesn't suffer for that - recommended!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Judith Wrigley on Jan. 25, 2013 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s quite an easy read, but it gives plenty of food for thought, especially for women of a similar age to Naomi and Joss, the two women whose lives are the subject of the book. It would probably be most instructive for younger women, too. Also, it may be an easy read, but the events in the lives portrayed are as surprising as in real life – the story is not predictable, although it has psychological truth. Heartily recommended.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
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