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The Secret Orchard

Warm, uplifting and romantic - the new novel from the author of The Forgotten Garden

About The Book

Set in a small community on the Scottish coast, the new feel-good story about family, belonging and secrets from the past from the author of The Lighthouse Bookshop and The Forgotten Garden.

Can a return to the past be the start of something new?

Bette and Nina Crowdie have never been close – they’re too different, the ten-year age difference doesn’t help, and Bette’s rarely been back home since she left for university at eighteen. When their father passes away and unexpectedly splits the family farm between them, Nina is furious and afraid. She’s been working at the farm for the past five years. It’s the only stable home her young son Barnaby has ever had, and she’s convinced that Bette, who never wanted anything to do with the family business, will sell at the first chance she gets.

When they discover the huge debt their father has been hiding from them both, Bette reluctantly agrees to help her sister. But that means they have to find a way to work together, and Bette must face up to the real reason she left all those years ago.

Could the discovery of an ancient orchard on their land be the key to saving the farm – and the sisters’ relationship?

Praise for Sharon Gosling:

'A compelling read with a dramatic sense of place and a caring community at its heart' Heidi Swain

‘A warm, romantic mystery, beautifully structured and feelingly written’ ― Daily Mail

About The Author


Sharon started her career as an entertainment journalist, writing non-fiction books about film and television. She is also the author of multiple children’s books. Sharon and her husband live in a small village in northern Cumbria. She can be found on Twitter @sharongosling.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (September 12, 2024)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398519213

Raves and Reviews

Praise for Sharon Gosling:

‘A wonderfully wise and beautifully written story about finding the courage to start over … I loved it!’ Isabelle Broom

'A compelling read with a dramatic sense of place and a caring community at its heart' Heidi Swain, author of A Taste of Home

‘A gorgeously remote and romantic great escape, brimming with foodie passion, friendship and heart’ Laura Kemp, author of A Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness

'A magical story set in Scotland...An inspiring book of second chances' Woman's Own

'A story to make you long to visit our glorious coastlines' Prima

'With a romance that gently simmers, a plot that flows as fast as the North Sea tides, and some gentle reminders of the need to protect our oceans, The House Beneath the Cliffs provides the perfect holiday getaway' Lancashire Post

'Thrilling & romantic' The People's Friend

‘An inspiring book of second chances' Woman

'Packed full of warmth' Cumbria Life

‘An atmospheric and enchanting read’ Heat

‘A warm romantic mystery, beautifully structured and feelingly written’ Daily Mail

A heartwarming, captivating story that is just gorgeous and that I couldn’t have loved more’ My Weekly

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