THE FRENCH GARDENER
The importance of family and the magic of gardens inspires Montefiore's novel of love lost and found. A few over-used elements and devices keep this heartwarming book from fully sparkling.
At the same time, Miranda delves into the diary of Ava, the previous owner of the home. That woman's love of the garden and the love she finds in her affair with a younger man help Miranda understand her own life. (TOUCHSTONE, Jun., 432 pp., $15.00)