A highly charged,
sultry, beautifully written and compulsive one-sit read, The Lemon Grove
is an intense novel about obsession and sex—the perfect summer book.
Jenn and Greg have been married for fourteen years, and, as
the book opens, they are enjoying the last week of their annual summer holiday
in Deià, a village in Majorca off the coast of southern Spain. Their days are
languorous, time passing by in a haze of rioja-soaked lunches, hours at the
beach, and lazy afternoon sex in their beautiful villa. It is the perfect
summer idyll—until Greg’s teenage daughter, Emma, arrives
with her new boyfriend, Nathan, in tow.
What follows, over the course of seven days, is a
brilliantly paced fever dream of attraction between Jenn and the reckless yet
mesmerizing Nathan. It is an intense pas de deux of push and pull, risk and
consequence, and moral rectitude, as it gets harder and harder for Jenn to
stifle her compulsion.
This is a very smart novel about many things: the loss of
youth, female sexuality, the lure of May-December temptation, the vicissitudes
of marriage and the politics of other people’s children. It is simultaneously
sexy and substantive, and Helen Walsh’s masterful, evenhanded tone can’t help
but force the reader to wonder, what
would I have done?
Beautifully written with the tension of a rubber band
just about to snap, The Lemon Grove is a book that will have people
talking all summer long. Download and start listening now!