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Gardens Of Delight

Gardens Of Delight

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: The Gardens of Delight brochure promises the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in the Lake Como area of Italy

  • ISBN: 978-1409153450
  • Genre: Fiction, Romance

What you need to know before your trail

For Lucy, the chance to go to Italy offers more than just gardens. Lake Como is where her father lives, and the last time she saw him was when she was just a teenager.

Recently married Helen and her wealthy husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband spending so much time away from home, Helen throws herself into caring for the garden. But Helen needs help – and friends – and so decides to take the plunge and join the local Garden Club.

Conrad isn’t the least bit interested in gardening. Widowed for five years, his life revolves around work and humouring Mac, his elderly uncle who lives with him, and who has expressed a desire to go on the Gardens of Delight tour. Reluctantly, Conrad agrees to accompany him. ‘Anything for a peaceful life,’ he concedes. But a peaceful life is the last thing any of them are in for.

Travel Guide

Lake Como

If you’re looking for an author who knows and loves Lake Como, then Erica James is the author for you! She’s spent lots of time there and loves and breathes the area like no other. A case in point – for this novel, her research took her to some of the most stunning locations in and around Lake Como.

Villa Balbienello

Villa Carlotta

These two places are mentioned in the author’s note as having been places which inspired and helped her model the buildings and surroundings in the novel. Well when they’re the buildings used in films such as Star Wars, there’s more than a bit of theatrical intrigue about them!


There is a steep climb up cobbled steps towards the  town. It’s a pretty town and much of the novel takes place here. It’s a busy and compact town and reminds Marcus of Rome in many ways.

Grand hotel Villa Serbelloni

The author mentions this in her author note as part of the research she did – so a place to stay if you visit!


Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Gardens Of Delight

Destination: Lake Como  Author/Guide: Erica James  Departure Time: 2000s

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