By Nancy Atherton
Emma Porter is 40, fats, frumpy, and a passionate beginner gardener. whilst her longtime lover dumps her for a more youthful lady, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of friends and family by way of starting up on a summer-long using journey of England's wonderful gardens. A Dimity-contrived twist of fate brings her to Penford corridor, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, the place she reveals a duke looking for a lacking lantern with impressive powers. Suspecting there is multiple secret to be solved at Penford corridor, Emma accepts the duke's invitation to stick on and restoration the as soon as wonderful chapel backyard to its former attractiveness. The darkish rumors surrounding a rock celebrity and the near-death of the duke's attractive cousin make certain Emma's suspicions, and set her--with Aunt Dimity's ghostly guidance--on the trail to Penford Hall's secrets and techniques and the excitement of unforeseen love.
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Hey! You the gal with the green thumb we been hearin’ so much about? Syd Bishop’s the name. Suzie’s manager. ” Syd Bishop was a paunchy American in his mid-sixties, with faded red hair plastered in long strands across his freckled scalp. His accent reeked of Brooklyn, and his voice was so loud that it almost drowned out the rumble of thunder as the first rush of rain spattered the windows. Syd’s tuxedo was black-Emma gave him credit for that much good sensebut the crimson trim on the wide lapels didn’t quite match the vermillion bow tie and cummerbund, or the pink-edged ruffles on the front of his white shirt.
Thanks to Crowley, who’d knocked on her door at precisely eight-twenty, Emma arrived in the library as the case clock in the comer chimed the half hour. She was relieved to see that she was neither the first nor the last to arrive. The duke was nowhere in sight, but Susannah had Derek pinned in a bay window beside a tall and quite beautiful harp, where she was lecturing him on-God help us, thought Emma-spirituality and good nutrition. Derek had exchanged his worn jeans and blue pullover for an open-necked shirt and corduroys, and replaced his workboots with a pair of tired loafers.
Sorry, all,” he said breezily. “Beastly rude of me to totter in so late, do forgive me. Will you listen to that downpour? Makes one glad to be indoors, what? ” The duke, Emma noted, was wearing a tasteful but decidedly informal pair of flannel trousers and a fawn-colored cashmere turtleneck. “Emma, you are a vision in blue, and your hair! ” Gesturing toward the portrait over the mantelpiece, he added, “My grandmother. As you can see, her interests were musical as well as horticultural. ” Syd’s voice rang out.