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Secrets of the Italian Gardener @AndrewCrofts @RedDoorBooks #Review

Secrets of the Italian Gardener By Andrew Crofts 
Red Door Books ~ Published 06/07/2017
Review: Kelly L 

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Andrew Crofts 

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Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter and author who has published more than eighty books, a dozen of which have become Sunday Times number one bestsellers. In the course of his career he has travelled the world working with victims of enforced marriages in North Africa and the Middle East, sex workers in the Far East, orphans in war-torn areas like Croatia and dictatorships like Romania, victims of crimes and abused children everywhere. He has also worked with members of the criminal fraternity

His books on writing include Ghostwriting, which was quoted in Robert Harris’s bestselling novel The Ghost and Andrew acted as consultant on the subsequent major film. Other books on writing include The Freelance Writer’s Handbook and Confessions of a Ghostwriter.The enormous success of these books brought many very different people to his door; from celebrities to the real elite in the form of world leaders and the mysterious, powerful people who finance them, arm them and, in some cases, control them.

 Review

The Cover:

It is beautifully stunning and what first attracted me to the book.  I did not realise until I was sitting to write my review that the gold embossing is not in fact bumble bees as I had thought but it’s barb wire!

My favourite Quote/Sentence:

The book has so many metaphors from start to finish it would be to hard to pick.

My Thoughts

This book was not what I was expecting. I hadn’t read the synopsis as I always try to go into a book without a preconceived idea or feeling.  However, with such a beautiful cover my imagination was over drive of what adventure it would take me on.

Boy oh boy I wouldn’t say it was an adventure more a wild roller coaster ride. My emotions were all over the place with the book. It’s very different, the pace is gentle and the twists and turns come from the shadows. Unexpected shocking events had me wide awake for hours after.

I really liked Lou, but then am I allowed to like Lou? I think all the characters were very memorable and the journey it took me on, was one I won’t forget. Even watching the news today, made me think back to the book.

An array of upsetting and thought provoking topics masked together with a truly gorgeous cover.

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Back Of The Book

Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world and enshrine him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo’s besieged palace the ghost forms an unlikely friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn’t all it appears to be. As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives the ghost struggles to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear. Secrets of the Italian Gardener takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable.

Thank you Anna @RedDoorBooks  and to Mr Croft for being on my blog today.

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