Review of The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

Published: 27th February 2014
Publisher: Tinder Press
Pages: 288



Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca’s dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn’s stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan’s youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.


Thank you to BookBridgr for allowing me to review my first Helen Walsh novel.

Just by reading the opening paragraph, I instantly knew that this book was going to extremely high in powerful detail and to no surprise of my judgement, it was.

Jenn is the first character who we meet. We don’t know her age, what she looks like but she is reading and that tells a lot. She has a husband, Greg, but at first, we learn of who they are before we learn of their martial life together.

The setting of Mallorca is beautifully described and it’s not long before the holiday is joined by two people – Emma (Greg’s daughter and her slightly older boyfriend, Nathan. Emma (great name by the way!) has a tendency to wrap her little finger around her loved ones and when she wants something, she expects it straight away. Her mood dampened the holiday but after a while, she lit up and was a great character. After all, she is a teenager so readers can’t expect her to be sunshine and roses all the time. Emma acts a lot older than she actually is and I couldn’t believe she’s only 15. I did slightly question why Greg and Jen had allowed her boyfriend of a few months on holiday with them..

My favourite line of the entire book was: And you don’t have to dress like the Fitzgerald novel. 

Helen’s writing is coated in powerful details of all five senses. There isn’t a great deal of dialogue but that didn’t matter. It was like viewing an Opera. We learnt of the story through their body language.

At times, I found Nathan to be extremely rude. At when point, he called Greg ‘childish’ and ‘stubborn.’ It was disrespectful of him to say so as he was trying not only to seduce Jenn but he was kindly invited on holiday with them. Rude. Just rude.

The ending wasn’t what I expected at all. But somehow, it seemed quite fitting. I can’t help but think of what their lives are like now…

Website: http://www.helen-walsh.co.uk/