The Orange Grove – Rosanna Ley


Description: An unforgettable story of past love and family secrets, set in sunny Seville

Holly loves making marmalade. Now she has a chance to leave her stressful city job and pursue her dream – of returning to the Dorset landscape of her childhood to open Bitter Orange, a shop celebrating the fruit that first inspired her.

Holly’s mother Ella has always loved Seville. So why is she reluctant to go back there with Holly to source products for the shop? What is she frightened of – and does it have anything to do with the old Spanish recipe for Seville orange and almond cake that Ella keeps hidden from her family?

In Seville, where she was once forced to make the hardest decision of her life, Ella must finally face up to the past, while Holly meets someone who poses a threat to all her plans. Seville is a city full of sunshine and oranges. But it can also be bittersweet. Will love survive the secrets of the orange grove?

Why We Like It

What we love about Rosanna Ley’s books is that within the first few pages you are completely absorbed and reluctant to leave, and The Orange Grove is no exception. 

Her evocative writing excites your senses more in this book than perhaps in any of her others, her descriptions of the making of the marmalade, the baking, the visits to Seville and the beautiful countryside are utterly wonderful.

But alongside this is a mesmerising story of lost love, new love and intriguing family relationships.

The Orange Grove is a beautiful piece of writing, a perfect summer read! Highly recommended!