The Smell of Ice Plants

A self-willed old lady, a young career woman and a garden smelling of secrets

Rebekka, newly separated, loses her nerve in a traffic holdup and drives into the back of the car in front of her. Not only is her life now in shatters but she is in court. She is given several hours of community service with 88-year-old Dorothea von Katten. Dorothea lives alone in an enchanted old villa, and at first all the two women seem to have in common is their obstinacy – until Rebekka stumbles across a secret the old woman has been guarding for a very long time. Now she understands that you cannot harden your heart for ever.

As atmospheric as Kate Morton, as emotional as Jojo Moyes.