The Apothecarys Garden PDF ´ The Apothecarys eBook

The Apothecarys Garden PDF ´ The Apothecarys eBook

The Apothecarys Garden ➪ The Apothecarys Garden Read ➲ Author Julie Bozza – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Hilary Kent a Londoner all his working life retires to Wiltshire after an estranged cousin unexpectedly leaves him an inhabitable tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden – and that’s when g Hilary Kent a Londoner all his working life retires to Wiltshire after an estranged cousin unexpectedly leaves him an inhabitable tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden – and that’s when graduate student Tom Laurence suddenly erupts into his life convincing him that together they can restore the The Apothecarys eBook ´ ancient garden to its former glory Tom’s cheerful friendship is the best thing that’s ever happened to Hilary and he’s perfectly content with that until to his astonishment and confusion it seems that Tom’s affection for him is beginning to grow into something something he feels he probably shouldn’t allow.


10 thoughts on “The Apothecarys Garden

  1. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    upsidedownside upside it's exactly as charmingly english and delightfully dry as you'd expect loads of humor and tenderness in the details in the space where big shouty bon mots would go but are notalso tealots and lots of tea downside the story goes like this view spoiler i love you i love you too let's fuck no we shouldn't why not? because reasons ok tea? ooh yes i'd love somethere is tea i love you i love you let's fuck lots no it's uite out of the uestion i don't understand why do you always have to understand everything? it's just— tea? why yes how'd you know?there is tea i love you i love you like a love song bebbe let's fuck right now before i am parted from you for a month no why not? i am old and withered and i love you OMG I LOVE YOU TOO WE SHOULD FUCK it'll never work but you don't love me at all i really really do let me touch your bits my erection is full of lies this sucks how about a nice cuppa? it's like you know me like the back of your handthere is tea i love you i love you so hard I can taste your smegma already you changed your mind uite we can haz sexorz? lots right now? yes let's do it ok but first let's have a cup of tea tea? tea now? yes okthere is tea also this is my last will and testament ok i've left everything to you this is really good tea i made justin the executor why? he's in love with you so hard he shits blood when you smile at him IKR? it's great he can seduce you right here in my kitchen when i'm dead but only after right? right also after teathere is yet tea but first i have sexorz with you right? obviously like right now? let me finish my tea first ok it's really good tea why i thought the very same thing after my erection went away mm mm? mmTHE END hide spoiler


  2. Vio Vio says:

    485 starsI need to collect my thoughts for a bit I will say it's a most wonderful and romantic story A beautiful dreamEver since I read the gorgeous Butterfly Hunter I was desperate for another story from Julie Bozza The coming release of The Apothecary's Garden was exciting news but I was slightly disappointed when I found out it would be a MayDecember romance Yes I am one of those readers where this theme doesn't work usually In most situations I find it hard to believe that the relationship can survive I am always left thinking about the what ifs How much time will the guys have together? I can't help being skeptical What convinced me to keep reading? The beautiful narrative the fears about pursuing a forbidden relationship The courage and will to change and finally Hilary's hell with it attitude I was overjoyed so damn happy I get why he was so wary and scared to believe that he was wanted and loved deeply Hilary and Tom deserved to be happy that's why I loved this unusual gem You definitely can't pick and choose who you love I adored Hilary cautious and sweetly caring and Tom was a delight enthusiastic and incorrigible he never gave up I also loved the weekly cuddle sessions while watching the fabulous Midsomer Murders It never once entered my mind that this was a substitute father relationship its love plain and simple I will remember this story as a dreamy fairytale and the apothecary garden is the beauty that brings joy and life to Tom and Hilary a cleverly interwoven romance The author is a gifted writer and a wonderful storyteller she is a whiz at weaving magical stories I'm impressed I fell for it hook line and sinker A deeply moving story Highly recommended


  3. Emma Sea Emma Sea says:

    6 starsSpectacular Marvellous Wonderful The most acutely romantic book I've read in yearsCried happy tears all the way through and bought a Bach album Best of 2013 for me so far by a mile I wish I could read it again for the first time all over againWhen I can arrange my brain into coherency I will write something slightly informative about the multitude of exuisite things in Bozza's workWarning Do not read at work Repeat do not read at work or lunch breaks I am so grateful I didn't start this at lunch on Friday Honestly I've been sitting here sobbing tears of joy and wonderment and working my way through a box of kleenex because it's so damn LOVELY my heart can barely take itAlso it is slightly difficult purchasing the book than usual but it is utterly worth it You have to order it on the Manifold Press website but it's not an auto download; you have to wait till a human sees your order and emails you the file this happened uite uickly for me Don't get the pdf because the formatting at least on my version was screwy but the mobi prc has been fine for everyone The story is than worth jumping through the hoops


  4. Mandapanda Mandapanda says:

    Wow This is uite brilliant The MayDecember pairing doesn't usually appeal to me and luckily I didn't realise that was the theme of this novel because I might have missed out on reading itSixty something Hilary Kent inherits a run down tower and overgrown garden in the English countryside Just as he is settling in his life is disrupted by an enthusiastic history student who wants to write his thesis about the historic 'apothecary's garden' I loved Hilary with his knitted tea cosies his gentle courtesy and his repressed sexuality And Tom with his youthful exuberance and idealism The age difference was explored sweetly and thoughtfully For the first part of the novel Hilary is strongly reluctant to even think about his attraction to Tom He puts him off time and time again trying to divert him to other suitable candidates Hilary's sense of longing and Tom's despair during this time is really poignant But Tom is determined and steadfast and finally Hilary succumbsHilary was born in an age when homosexuality was illegal and hidden Suddenly now in the winter of his life he falls in love and is shocked and full of trepidation at the ways he can be open about this His whole world and beliefs are turned upside down The juxtaposition of his emotional rebirth against the rebirth of the apothecary's garden felt really meaningful to meAbove all I loved the Englishness of the setting and the storyline The wild old garden with its ancient origins the search for clues through old attics and the Suire's Hall the mystery of the garden's original owner And of course all the characters who could have stepped out of the pages of a Midsomer Murders scriptBut away from the book and its beautiful prose do I believe that Tom would really have fallen for Hilary? I don't know But as a romantic fantasy and a love story it was beyond beautiful


  5. Susan Susan says:

    Don’t overthink itSuspend some of what society tells you to believe and leave it at the doorLet time and place fall by the wayside and read untetheredand be swept away by such pure and gentle and kind and enchanting lovejust loveof 2who cares their gender their backgrounds their ageOh this book It reads like a fairy taleof a simpler time and a lovelier place Of 2 men who could fall in love with each other despite a 40 year age gap Of a young man who sees the world through fascination and joy and an old man who wants nothing but to give him everything Of gardens and tea and towers But then Bozza drops pop cultural references like Orlando Bloom and a Ford Focus in there and snaps you back to your present day self jaded grouchy hardened A 22 year old and a 65 year old? Sex on page? Is this something I really want to be reading? Don’t overthink itSuspend some of what society tells you to believe and leave it at the doorLet time and place fall by the wayside and read untetheredand be swept away


  6. Enny Enny says:

    For this gem of a book I'll ignore my resolution not to post reviews here any because it deserves all the love it can get Please bear with me for getting very personal in my reviewSome people might feel uncomfortable about the fact that one of the MCs is a 65 year old man and the age difference between the men and 42 years definitely IS a huge difference They might wonder why such a wonderful young man would fall in love with a man who could easily be his grandfather and since the book is written from Hilary's POV I initially had the same reservations But I've been together with a man 15 years my senior ever since I was 23 and now he is one year younger than Hilary and I still find him very attractive Older men have their own beauty Plus the love of my life is the most caring patient and the wisest man I've ever met and that is even important than age Things like date of birth becomes completely unimportant when you meet your soul mateAnd the author did a wonderful job of showing how they both liked the same things had the same values and how well they fit together At first I though it would've been better to also learn about Tom's feelings but after a while I came to appreciate what Ms Bozza did Seeing their love story solely from Harold's view his instant attraction to Tom his contentment at finally having someone to share his life with his wonder at having someone who might actually be attracted to him his doubts fears and scruples his despair when he thinks he might have lost Tom and his joy about being loved back touched me deeplyHilary is 65 years old and when he was young being with another man was a criminal offense so he became very guarded of his feelings and desires settling for a life of solitude and becoming rather set in his ways Tom is a 23 year old grad student with an unuenchable enthusiasm for life and a very sunny disposition But both men have a deeply caring nature putting the other's need before their own and this is what ultimately convinced me that their relationship might actually workAnother thing that I loved about the book was the neglected garden and its restoration Two years ago I became sick with a pretty bad case of arthritis and while I waited for it to get better my garden became a wilderness with 6 foot high weeds When I finally realized that things were never going to be the way they were I was lucky to find a very energetic young man on the internet who successfully tackled the weeds and now my garden is very beautiful again and a source of great joy to me Plus the prose in the book is absolutely beautiful Some sentences absolutely took my breath away which is another reason why this is a 5 star read for me Hilary took a moment to rest careful fingertips against his cheek reliving the sense–memory of Tom's lips against his skin He thought that if he were especially careful with it if he nurtured it and didn't wear it out that moment might see him through decades of lonelinessChristopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy who fell in love when Christopher was 48 and Don 18 and who stayed together till the day Christopher died


  7. Ingie Ingie says:

    Written August 29 201442 Stars Pleasurable in the gentle and compassionateFirst of all a heartfelt Thank You to my British reading buddy Bev for the recommendation of this wonderful story her 45 review I enjoyed and had some pleasant hours with this garden and these two men You made it possible Bev to these tea drinkers The Apothecary's Garden is a recommended read for those who want something a bit different than yet another up to date steamy MM in this tender contemporary genre Yes I admit sometimes was maybe the pace is hera too low and all the everyday details were too many but the feelings were always there And I want to have big feelings and lot of emotions; strong tough uncertain wistful tender hot eternal etc etc This novel gave me exactly that The Apothecary's Garden is a the story about# Hilary Kent an older Londoner who retires to Wiltshire after an estranged cousin unexpectedly leaves him an inhabitable tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden# The graduate History student Tom Laurence a 24 years old man who convincing Hilary that together they can restore the ancient garden to its former glory # An overgrown old garden in my standards a park and a missing vicar# Friendship between to men which are from uite different generations 42 years difference A friendship that slowly grows into something Much much Something one of them feels he probably shouldn’t want or do all We got tenderness friendship ordinary weekdays Christmas holidays heart and pain new experiences community an old unexplored house tower neighbors a landlord a lot of tea a garden to dig and cut in and also an old love's mystery to solve all in one year and I liked it all ‘Hilary lay awake that night unable to sleep Not bacause he felt insecure or anxious — suprisingly enough he didn't — but because he was happy He was happy It struck him as a rather maervellous thing that he had a home And this home should shelter his friend’ What is being said and finally becomes a truth in everyday TV?Here in my country it is almost a tradition to sit in a summer cottages some late hot summer nights and watch reruns of Midsomer Murders with dear old DCI Tom Barnaby on TV We love that show over here I giggled at all of those references to the series Their last Thursday watching was so homely cute That cozy pressing and pushing on the sofa Awww so sweet just leaning against a dear warm shoulder It sad to say but Tom was so very right as well there is often a certain homophobia in TV shows view spoiler Men who are gay or lesbian women are uite often showed as sneaky lying silly men and are sometimes even terrible crude murders and villains Not happy men with a nice life Then there are all cruel talk about filthy embarrassing lovesick older men and their young boy or girl lovers which just use them for all their moneyIn a book that partly deals with the subject age discrimination in love and where that old step out from the closet fear of the past still is strong—and which also takes place in a picturesue British Midsomer like but peace filled idyll— it becomes even apparent Wondering if anyone done a study written an article essay on this theme using just this nice and I dare say; slightly conservative Midsomer Murders show? hide spoiler


  8. Macky Macky says:

    First of all I must tell you I was sat in bed at 330 am in the morning In the dark the only light the light of my kindle and I had tears rolling down my cheeks Had something awful happened was one of the characters dying of in incurable disease had one of the MC's just cheated on his lover? No I was crying at their first love scene because the love between these two men is so pure and so true that it made me want to weep I said this about Butterfly Hunter the first book that I read by Julie Bozza another book that touched me to the core Reading this story was like looking at something so beautiful that it takes your breath away causing that pure joyful emotion to bubble up until you either have to laugh or cry to let it out That was how I felt most of the time I was reading this bookThis is a May to December romance that in any other circumstances would not be my first choice of subject but in Julie's hands that age difference even though its a big part of the story sort of fades into the background You know its there but somehow it doesn't matter How do you make a love story with an age difference of 42 years work? Well all I can say is read this gorgeous love story and you'll see how Watching 23 year old Tom woo Hilary with weekly sessions in front of the TV watching Midsomer Murders fish and chip suppers and the sort of cuddles that would melt just about anyone's heart is just lovely with sweet Hilary trying as hard as he can to put off Toms advances but unable to resist his bright light that breezes into his lonely existence like a breath of fresh air causing him to fall head over heels for the first time in his life A little historical background mystery and an overgrown garden add to the charm of it all and help make this one of the most endearing love stories Ive ever read and has just made me love Ms Bozzas writing even Age difference who cares Sublime


  9. Ami Ami says:

    This book is just so beautiful dreamy sigh Julie Bozza's prose flows easily smoothly dreamy and oh so romantic I think other reviews have presented complete and thorough opinions about this So I'm just trying to keep it short and focuses on my feeling At first I think I am lucky that I have read my friends' rave reviews because I have prepared myself for the huge age gap 42 years that otherwise will not be my cup of tea However while I am reading this the age gap seems to disappear It's just the beautiful way of Ms Bozza tells the story that I don't really care about it Since the story is written from Hilary's perspective it is easy to see how Hilary sweetly falling for enthusiastic young Tom Having said that unlike a couple of reviewers I can easily see how Tom falls for Hilary as well Hilary might seem content and less exuberant but the way I see it that is what make him attractive for Tom It is said that Tom has an old soul That he doesn't really care for the night out or partying with his friends Sometimes we are attracted to somebody who is opposite of us aren't we?I also love the idyllic feel of Hilary and Tom living together watching episodes of Midsomer Murders drinking tea restoring garden there are no car chasings gun shootings excessive drama and misunderstanding episodes It's just daily activities but can be a huge source of happiness and contentment in lifeIf I have complain and why this story gets lower rating than how I rate Butterfly Hunter it will be the resolution about the mystery surrounding Thaddeus's disappearance years ago I'm a mystery lover I grew up reading Agatha Christie with Ms Marple and Poirot solving cold case murders So when there's no actual answer I get disappointed I know this is not meant as a mystery book but the little mystery monster who craves for it after being give the 'hints' especially since this story also mentions Midsommer Murders doesn't carePS Before finishing this book I Google d couples with huge age gap and come across this article about real life couple with 40 year age difference who have been married for 12 years Oh and also Robert Duvall and his fourth wife Luciana Pedraza who have been together 16 years has 41 year age difference


  10. Simsala Simsala says:

    Thanks to all my lovely friends who wrote all these lovely reviews and said what there is to say about The Apothecary`s GardenI agree with all of them even with their small niggles but I`m waving the white flag It gets worse with every new book from Julie reviewer`s block I want to happily float on readers`s cloud nine just finished round three without trying to bring my thoughts into coherency This is my own private solitary cloud just me the book and my thoughts and dreamsJulie Bozza`s prose does that to me sorrySo here`s just a little picture for those who loved the book I think this little still life captures the gentle timeless and dreamy peacefulness of the story well


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10 thoughts on “The Apothecarys Garden

  1. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    upsidedownside upside it's exactly as charmingly english and delightfully dry as you'd expect loads of humor and tenderness in the details in the space where big shouty bon mots would go but are notalso tealots and lots of tea downside the story goes like this view spoiler i love you i love you too let's fuck no we shouldn't why not? because reasons ok tea? ooh yes i'd love somethere is tea i love you i love you let's fuck lots no it's uite out of the uestion i don't understand why do you always have to understand everything? it's just— tea? why yes how'd you know?there is tea i love you i love you like a love song bebbe let's fuck right now before i am parted from you for a month no why not? i am old and withered and i love you OMG I LOVE YOU TOO WE SHOULD FUCK it'll never work but you don't love me at all i really really do let me touch your bits my erection is full of lies this sucks how about a nice cuppa? it's like you know me like the back of your handthere is tea i love you i love you so hard I can taste your smegma already you changed your mind uite we can haz sexorz? lots right now? yes let's do it ok but first let's have a cup of tea tea? tea now? yes okthere is tea also this is my last will and testament ok i've left everything to you this is really good tea i made justin the executor why? he's in love with you so hard he shits blood when you smile at him IKR? it's great he can seduce you right here in my kitchen when i'm dead but only after right? right also after teathere is yet tea but first i have sexorz with you right? obviously like right now? let me finish my tea first ok it's really good tea why i thought the very same thing after my erection went away mm mm? mmTHE END hide spoiler

  2. Vio Vio says:

    485 starsI need to collect my thoughts for a bit I will say it's a most wonderful and romantic story A beautiful dreamEver since I read the gorgeous Butterfly Hunter I was desperate for another story from Julie Bozza The coming release of The Apothecary's Garden was exciting news but I was slightly disappointed when I found out it would be a MayDecember romance Yes I am one of those readers where this theme doesn't work usually In most situations I find it hard to believe that the relationship can survive I am always left thinking about the what ifs How much time will the guys have together? I can't help being skeptical What convinced me to keep reading? The beautiful narrative the fears about pursuing a forbidden relationship The courage and will to change and finally Hilary's hell with it attitude I was overjoyed so damn happy I get why he was so wary and scared to believe that he was wanted and loved deeply Hilary and Tom deserved to be happy that's why I loved this unusual gem You definitely can't pick and choose who you love I adored Hilary cautious and sweetly caring and Tom was a delight enthusiastic and incorrigible he never gave up I also loved the weekly cuddle sessions while watching the fabulous Midsomer Murders It never once entered my mind that this was a substitute father relationship its love plain and simple I will remember this story as a dreamy fairytale and the apothecary garden is the beauty that brings joy and life to Tom and Hilary a cleverly interwoven romance The author is a gifted writer and a wonderful storyteller she is a whiz at weaving magical stories I'm impressed I fell for it hook line and sinker A deeply moving story Highly recommended

  3. Emma Sea Emma Sea says:

    6 starsSpectacular Marvellous Wonderful The most acutely romantic book I've read in yearsCried happy tears all the way through and bought a Bach album Best of 2013 for me so far by a mile I wish I could read it again for the first time all over againWhen I can arrange my brain into coherency I will write something slightly informative about the multitude of exuisite things in Bozza's workWarning Do not read at work Repeat do not read at work or lunch breaks I am so grateful I didn't start this at lunch on Friday Honestly I've been sitting here sobbing tears of joy and wonderment and working my way through a box of kleenex because it's so damn LOVELY my heart can barely take itAlso it is slightly difficult purchasing the book than usual but it is utterly worth it You have to order it on the Manifold Press website but it's not an auto download; you have to wait till a human sees your order and emails you the file this happened uite uickly for me Don't get the pdf because the formatting at least on my version was screwy but the mobi prc has been fine for everyone The story is than worth jumping through the hoops

  4. Mandapanda Mandapanda says:

    Wow This is uite brilliant The MayDecember pairing doesn't usually appeal to me and luckily I didn't realise that was the theme of this novel because I might have missed out on reading itSixty something Hilary Kent inherits a run down tower and overgrown garden in the English countryside Just as he is settling in his life is disrupted by an enthusiastic history student who wants to write his thesis about the historic 'apothecary's garden' I loved Hilary with his knitted tea cosies his gentle courtesy and his repressed sexuality And Tom with his youthful exuberance and idealism The age difference was explored sweetly and thoughtfully For the first part of the novel Hilary is strongly reluctant to even think about his attraction to Tom He puts him off time and time again trying to divert him to other suitable candidates Hilary's sense of longing and Tom's despair during this time is really poignant But Tom is determined and steadfast and finally Hilary succumbsHilary was born in an age when homosexuality was illegal and hidden Suddenly now in the winter of his life he falls in love and is shocked and full of trepidation at the ways he can be open about this His whole world and beliefs are turned upside down The juxtaposition of his emotional rebirth against the rebirth of the apothecary's garden felt really meaningful to meAbove all I loved the Englishness of the setting and the storyline The wild old garden with its ancient origins the search for clues through old attics and the Suire's Hall the mystery of the garden's original owner And of course all the characters who could have stepped out of the pages of a Midsomer Murders scriptBut away from the book and its beautiful prose do I believe that Tom would really have fallen for Hilary? I don't know But as a romantic fantasy and a love story it was beyond beautiful

  5. Susan Susan says:

    Don’t overthink itSuspend some of what society tells you to believe and leave it at the doorLet time and place fall by the wayside and read untetheredand be swept away by such pure and gentle and kind and enchanting lovejust loveof 2who cares their gender their backgrounds their ageOh this book It reads like a fairy taleof a simpler time and a lovelier place Of 2 men who could fall in love with each other despite a 40 year age gap Of a young man who sees the world through fascination and joy and an old man who wants nothing but to give him everything Of gardens and tea and towers But then Bozza drops pop cultural references like Orlando Bloom and a Ford Focus in there and snaps you back to your present day self jaded grouchy hardened A 22 year old and a 65 year old? Sex on page? Is this something I really want to be reading? Don’t overthink itSuspend some of what society tells you to believe and leave it at the doorLet time and place fall by the wayside and read untetheredand be swept away

  6. Enny Enny says:

    For this gem of a book I'll ignore my resolution not to post reviews here any because it deserves all the love it can get Please bear with me for getting very personal in my reviewSome people might feel uncomfortable about the fact that one of the MCs is a 65 year old man and the age difference between the men and 42 years definitely IS a huge difference They might wonder why such a wonderful young man would fall in love with a man who could easily be his grandfather and since the book is written from Hilary's POV I initially had the same reservations But I've been together with a man 15 years my senior ever since I was 23 and now he is one year younger than Hilary and I still find him very attractive Older men have their own beauty Plus the love of my life is the most caring patient and the wisest man I've ever met and that is even important than age Things like date of birth becomes completely unimportant when you meet your soul mateAnd the author did a wonderful job of showing how they both liked the same things had the same values and how well they fit together At first I though it would've been better to also learn about Tom's feelings but after a while I came to appreciate what Ms Bozza did Seeing their love story solely from Harold's view his instant attraction to Tom his contentment at finally having someone to share his life with his wonder at having someone who might actually be attracted to him his doubts fears and scruples his despair when he thinks he might have lost Tom and his joy about being loved back touched me deeplyHilary is 65 years old and when he was young being with another man was a criminal offense so he became very guarded of his feelings and desires settling for a life of solitude and becoming rather set in his ways Tom is a 23 year old grad student with an unuenchable enthusiasm for life and a very sunny disposition But both men have a deeply caring nature putting the other's need before their own and this is what ultimately convinced me that their relationship might actually workAnother thing that I loved about the book was the neglected garden and its restoration Two years ago I became sick with a pretty bad case of arthritis and while I waited for it to get better my garden became a wilderness with 6 foot high weeds When I finally realized that things were never going to be the way they were I was lucky to find a very energetic young man on the internet who successfully tackled the weeds and now my garden is very beautiful again and a source of great joy to me Plus the prose in the book is absolutely beautiful Some sentences absolutely took my breath away which is another reason why this is a 5 star read for me Hilary took a moment to rest careful fingertips against his cheek reliving the sense–memory of Tom's lips against his skin He thought that if he were especially careful with it if he nurtured it and didn't wear it out that moment might see him through decades of lonelinessChristopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy who fell in love when Christopher was 48 and Don 18 and who stayed together till the day Christopher died

  7. Ingie Ingie says:

    Written August 29 201442 Stars Pleasurable in the gentle and compassionateFirst of all a heartfelt Thank You to my British reading buddy Bev for the recommendation of this wonderful story her 45 review I enjoyed and had some pleasant hours with this garden and these two men You made it possible Bev to these tea drinkers The Apothecary's Garden is a recommended read for those who want something a bit different than yet another up to date steamy MM in this tender contemporary genre Yes I admit sometimes was maybe the pace is hera too low and all the everyday details were too many but the feelings were always there And I want to have big feelings and lot of emotions; strong tough uncertain wistful tender hot eternal etc etc This novel gave me exactly that The Apothecary's Garden is a the story about# Hilary Kent an older Londoner who retires to Wiltshire after an estranged cousin unexpectedly leaves him an inhabitable tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden# The graduate History student Tom Laurence a 24 years old man who convincing Hilary that together they can restore the ancient garden to its former glory # An overgrown old garden in my standards a park and a missing vicar# Friendship between to men which are from uite different generations 42 years difference A friendship that slowly grows into something Much much Something one of them feels he probably shouldn’t want or do all We got tenderness friendship ordinary weekdays Christmas holidays heart and pain new experiences community an old unexplored house tower neighbors a landlord a lot of tea a garden to dig and cut in and also an old love's mystery to solve all in one year and I liked it all ‘Hilary lay awake that night unable to sleep Not bacause he felt insecure or anxious — suprisingly enough he didn't — but because he was happy He was happy It struck him as a rather maervellous thing that he had a home And this home should shelter his friend’ What is being said and finally becomes a truth in everyday TV?Here in my country it is almost a tradition to sit in a summer cottages some late hot summer nights and watch reruns of Midsomer Murders with dear old DCI Tom Barnaby on TV We love that show over here I giggled at all of those references to the series Their last Thursday watching was so homely cute That cozy pressing and pushing on the sofa Awww so sweet just leaning against a dear warm shoulder It sad to say but Tom was so very right as well there is often a certain homophobia in TV shows view spoiler Men who are gay or lesbian women are uite often showed as sneaky lying silly men and are sometimes even terrible crude murders and villains Not happy men with a nice life Then there are all cruel talk about filthy embarrassing lovesick older men and their young boy or girl lovers which just use them for all their moneyIn a book that partly deals with the subject age discrimination in love and where that old step out from the closet fear of the past still is strong—and which also takes place in a picturesue British Midsomer like but peace filled idyll— it becomes even apparent Wondering if anyone done a study written an article essay on this theme using just this nice and I dare say; slightly conservative Midsomer Murders show? hide spoiler

  8. Macky Macky says:

    First of all I must tell you I was sat in bed at 330 am in the morning In the dark the only light the light of my kindle and I had tears rolling down my cheeks Had something awful happened was one of the characters dying of in incurable disease had one of the MC's just cheated on his lover? No I was crying at their first love scene because the love between these two men is so pure and so true that it made me want to weep I said this about Butterfly Hunter the first book that I read by Julie Bozza another book that touched me to the core Reading this story was like looking at something so beautiful that it takes your breath away causing that pure joyful emotion to bubble up until you either have to laugh or cry to let it out That was how I felt most of the time I was reading this bookThis is a May to December romance that in any other circumstances would not be my first choice of subject but in Julie's hands that age difference even though its a big part of the story sort of fades into the background You know its there but somehow it doesn't matter How do you make a love story with an age difference of 42 years work? Well all I can say is read this gorgeous love story and you'll see how Watching 23 year old Tom woo Hilary with weekly sessions in front of the TV watching Midsomer Murders fish and chip suppers and the sort of cuddles that would melt just about anyone's heart is just lovely with sweet Hilary trying as hard as he can to put off Toms advances but unable to resist his bright light that breezes into his lonely existence like a breath of fresh air causing him to fall head over heels for the first time in his life A little historical background mystery and an overgrown garden add to the charm of it all and help make this one of the most endearing love stories Ive ever read and has just made me love Ms Bozzas writing even Age difference who cares Sublime

  9. Ami Ami says:

    This book is just so beautiful dreamy sigh Julie Bozza's prose flows easily smoothly dreamy and oh so romantic I think other reviews have presented complete and thorough opinions about this So I'm just trying to keep it short and focuses on my feeling At first I think I am lucky that I have read my friends' rave reviews because I have prepared myself for the huge age gap 42 years that otherwise will not be my cup of tea However while I am reading this the age gap seems to disappear It's just the beautiful way of Ms Bozza tells the story that I don't really care about it Since the story is written from Hilary's perspective it is easy to see how Hilary sweetly falling for enthusiastic young Tom Having said that unlike a couple of reviewers I can easily see how Tom falls for Hilary as well Hilary might seem content and less exuberant but the way I see it that is what make him attractive for Tom It is said that Tom has an old soul That he doesn't really care for the night out or partying with his friends Sometimes we are attracted to somebody who is opposite of us aren't we?I also love the idyllic feel of Hilary and Tom living together watching episodes of Midsomer Murders drinking tea restoring garden there are no car chasings gun shootings excessive drama and misunderstanding episodes It's just daily activities but can be a huge source of happiness and contentment in lifeIf I have complain and why this story gets lower rating than how I rate Butterfly Hunter it will be the resolution about the mystery surrounding Thaddeus's disappearance years ago I'm a mystery lover I grew up reading Agatha Christie with Ms Marple and Poirot solving cold case murders So when there's no actual answer I get disappointed I know this is not meant as a mystery book but the little mystery monster who craves for it after being give the 'hints' especially since this story also mentions Midsommer Murders doesn't carePS Before finishing this book I Google d couples with huge age gap and come across this article about real life couple with 40 year age difference who have been married for 12 years Oh and also Robert Duvall and his fourth wife Luciana Pedraza who have been together 16 years has 41 year age difference

  10. Simsala Simsala says:

    Thanks to all my lovely friends who wrote all these lovely reviews and said what there is to say about The Apothecary`s GardenI agree with all of them even with their small niggles but I`m waving the white flag It gets worse with every new book from Julie reviewer`s block I want to happily float on readers`s cloud nine just finished round three without trying to bring my thoughts into coherency This is my own private solitary cloud just me the book and my thoughts and dreamsJulie Bozza`s prose does that to me sorrySo here`s just a little picture for those who loved the book I think this little still life captures the gentle timeless and dreamy peacefulness of the story well

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