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Weekends with the Sunshine Gardening Society

Sophie Green

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Hachette Australia
26 July 2023

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is another uplifting novel from Sophie, full of family and female friendships. Set in Noosa Heads in the late 1980s, it concerns Cynthia, who has returned to her hometown from Los Angeles, with her tail between her legs after an acrimonious split with her husband. She wants to reconnect with her 19yo daughter, who has fallen pregnant and is determined to keep the baby - something Cynthia wishes she wouldn't. At the same time, she bumps into her former best friend, and gradually they repair their relationship, helped by Cynthia joining Lorraine in her community gardening service. Through that they meet the young widow Elizabeth, and the lost soul Kathy who is trying to rebuild her self-esteem after an awful breakup with her female partner. Together the women will find their true strengths and deep friendship, and the way forward… The sort of book that goes best with a pot of tea and a packet of your favourite biscuits - it doesn't pretend to be high literature, but still, it has a warmth and joie de vivre that is perfectly satisfying! Lindy


Noosa Heads, 1987: Newly divorced Cynthia has returned to her home town from Los Angeles to reconnect with her 19-year-old daughter, who is pregnant and determined not to listen to her mother's advice. Cynthia's former best friend, Lorraine, has been stuck mowing lawns as part of a business she shares with her husband - his dream, not hers. When Cynthia convinces Lorraine to join the local Sunshine Gardening Society, they meet young widow Elizabeth, and rootless, heartbroken Kathy.

The four women soon discover the society is much more than an opportunity to chat about flowers. Rather, it offers them the chance to lend a helping hand to people whose lives need a bit of care and attention right along with their gardens.

Between pulling up weeds and planting natives, the women learn from each other that some roots go deep, and others shallow; that seeds can lie dormant for a long time before they spring to life, and that careful tending is the key to lives and friendships that reach their full potential.

Praise for WEEKENDS WITH THE SUNSHINE GARDENING SOCIETY

'Warm and uplifting' WOMAN'S DAY

'Delightful' BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

'An enjoyable and heartwarming read' ABC GARDENING AUSTRALIA MAGAZINE

'If you love gardening, then you're going to love Weekends with the Sunshine Gardening Society. This is a compassionately written story full of joy and hope' YOUR TIME MAGAZINE

'A ray of sunshine . . . and such a great armchair escape' THE VILLAGE OBSERVER

Praise for the novels of Sophie Green

'Atmospheric and incredibly descriptive, reading a Sophie Green book is the greatest escape' WHO MAGAZINE

'Heartwarming, fulfilling and Australian as a lamb roast and full-bodied shiraz' THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY

'This is a warm treat of a novel, filled with great music and small-town charm' WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

'Reading this book was like snuggling beneath a warm beach towel after a bracing dip in the ocean' JOANNA NELL

'A tender, heartwarming read' NEW IDEA
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Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   531g
ISBN:   9780733649424
ISBN 10:   0733649424
Pages:   416
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her website, Sunburnt Country Music. She has been practising yoga since 1993 and teaching since 2002. Sophie's debut novel, THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB, was a Top Ten bestseller and was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards for General Fiction Book of the Year 2018, and longlisted for both the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2018 and the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018. Sophie Green is internationally published and THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE, THURSDAYS AT ORANGE BLOSSOM HOUSE and THE BELLBIRD RIVER COUNTRY CHOIR were also Top Ten bestsellers.

Reviews for Weekends with the Sunshine Gardening Society

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is another uplifting novel from Sophie, full of family and female friendships. Set in Noosa Heads in the late 1980s, it concerns Cynthia, who has returned to her hometown from Los Angeles, with her tail between her legs after an acrimonious split with her husband. She wants to reconnect with her 19yo daughter, who has fallen pregnant and is determined to keep the baby - something Cynthia wishes she wouldn't. At the same time, she bumps into her former best friend, and gradually they repair their relationship, helped by Cynthia joining Lorraine in her community gardening service. Through that they meet the young widow Elizabeth, and the lost soul Kathy who is trying to rebuild her self-esteem after an awful breakup with her female partner. Together the women will find their true strengths and deep friendship, and the way forward… The sort of book that goes best with a pot of tea and a packet of your favourite biscuits - it doesn't pretend to be high literature, but still, it has a warmth and joie de vivre that is perfectly satisfying! Lindy



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