A good year for the roses
A Good Year for the Roses by Gil McNeilLife hasnt been a bed of roses for Londoner Molly Taylor lately. Newly divorced and struggling to find a new home and a way to support her three boys, shes stunned when her beloved Aunt Helena dies and leaves her Harrington Hall, a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast, where Molly grew up. But does Molly really want to run a bed-and-breakfast in an old house where the only thing that doesnt need urgent attention is Aunt Helenas beautiful rose garden? Or care for Uncle Bertie, an eccentric former navy officer with a cliff-top cannon? Or Betty, his rude parrot that bites whomever annoys it? Yet Mollys best friend Lola is all for the plan. My heart bleeds. Your very own beach, the beautiful house, and Helenas garden. All you have to do is grill a bit of bacon.
But with Mollys conniving brother running the family hotel nearby, the return of a high school flame with ulterior motives, and three sons whose idea of a new country life seems to involve vast quantities of mud, this is not going to be easy. And then Harrington Hall begins to work its magic, and the roses start to bloom...
Warm, witty, and chock-full of quintessential British charm, A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over...with or without bacon.
A Good Year for the Roses
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Jerry Chesnut did everything he was supposed to do, but during one fateful spring he couldn't save his prized Hybrid Tea Roses, which lined the walk of his home on Old Hickory Lake. It wasn't his fault — as he was told, it simply wasn't "A Good Year for the Roses. That phrase eventually inspired him to write a country classic, made famous by George Jones in , and a decade later by pop renaissance man Elvis Costello. Chesnut recalled writing the tune in a talk with Bart Herbison, executive director of Nashville Songwriters Association International. That's a pretty good story.
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