The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh

The Lemon Grove - Helen WalshThe Lemon Grove
Helen Walsh

Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca’s dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn’s stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan’s youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.

Jenn and Greg visit Mallorca every year with their teenage daughter Emma. This year Jenn and Greg head out to the island early, leaving Emma to arrive a week later with her first proper boyfriend, 17-year-old Nathan.

When Nathan arrives he disrupts the dynamics of the family. Jenn is struggling to come to terms with her age and is looking for escapism and a way to hold on to her youth, finding herself drawn to Nathan.

The Lemon Grove is about secrets and betrayal, highlighting how quickly these can escalate into something more. It also covers the changes in relationships between parents and their children.

I had an issue with the ‘act’ of lust with Nathan. I feel this is a little unbelievable, particularly the way it is portrayed to be acceptable in the book. Personally I can’t see why Jenn would think her actions were moral.

The way in which the story is written made it very hard for me to like or connect with any of the characters. I also found it very intense and graphic at times. I am not sure if it was the author’s intention to make you feel uncomfortable but if it was, she has achieved this with me.

The setting of the story was beautiful; having been to Mallorca myself I could picture the island well and enjoyed reading about it. Although this is a ‘holiday’ read, is not light and fluffy. It has dark themes and the subject matter is serious – if you are looking for something fun for the beach, this is not for you.

The book is very short; I read in just two sittings. It is compulsive and I did want to get to the end to find out what was going to happen. Unfortunately this is where I felt a little let down by the book. I was expecting something major to happen and I feel I didn’t get that, which left me feeling flat and wanting a different ending.

I would still recommend this as a different type of holiday read; it will keep you engaged and have you racing to the end.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this in exchange for an honest review. 


Sam lives in the South of England and is a Primary School Teacher by day. When she's not teaching, you can find her reading and travelling. She has been reading ever since she was small, but it has only been in the last year that she decided to share her love of books with others. Sam has never really moved over to ebooks; she believes there is nothing better than being able to turn pages of a real book.


  1. This book has a lot of intrigue surrounding it. I’ve reserved it from my local library and I’m 7th in queue or something crazy like that. Everyone wants to get their hands on this this summer!

  2. Wow seventh on the list!!! That is crazy!!! I hope you manage to pick it up, as you say there is a lot of hype around this book and your need to develop your own opinion on it! Let us know once you have read it!
    Have a fab summer!

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