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Title:
Folly
Author:
Titchmarsh, Alan.
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Publication Information:
London : Hodder, 2009.

©2008
Physical Description:
420 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780340936870

9780340981122
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Jamie Ballantyne and Artemis King were never meant to fall in love. The feud between their families has run for three generations.
But whatever Jamie's head might tell him, his heart will always belong to Artemis. After fifty years, perhaps it's time for the Kings and the Ballantynes to bury the hatchet.
Then Jamie and Artemis start to uncover their shared past. What they find will rock the foundations of both their families, as a web of deceit and intrigue is ruinously exposed ...


Author Notes

Alan Titchmarsh is known to millions through the popular BBC TV programmes The Nature of Britain , British Isles: A Natural History , How to be a Gardener , Ground Force and Gardeners World . He has written more than forty gardening books, as well as six best-selling novels and his two memoirs Trowel and Error: notes from life on earth and Nobbut a Lad . He was made MBE in the millennium New Year Honours List and holds a Victoria Medal of Honour, the Royal Horticultural Society's highest award. He lives with his wife and a menagerie of animals in Hampshire where he gardens organically.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

British author Titchmarsh (Rosie) brings the art world alive in this engaging romantic drama. In 2007, James "Jamie" Ballantyne reconnects with childhood chum and flame, Artemis "Missy" King, who resurfaces in the showroom of Jamie's auction house in Bath to bid on a painting on behalf of her grandfather. The reunited couple discover that a set of paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, owned by Missy's grandfather (himself owner of an established fine art gallery), are fakes. Their investigation reveals a long thread of family secrets and the source of the feud between their two families, revelations that cause the couple to split up. Titchmarsh alternates between the present and the story of Jamie's grandfather, Harry Ballantyne, and Missy's grandmother, Eleanor King, who met as art students at Oxford. The effect is nostalgic and builds anticipation and curiosity in the history of the two families, including the story behind the lost love of their grandparents. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.