Book length - 150 pages
Publisher - reddoorpublishing.com
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
ABOUT THE BOOK
Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world and enshrine him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo’s besieged palace the ghost forms an unlikely friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn’t all it appears to be. As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives the ghost struggles to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear. Secrets of the Italian Gardener takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER by Andrew Crofts, but it wasn't this deeply insightful, often disturbing, short novel that would leave me uneasy and uncomfortable throughout.
We follow the actions of the ghostwriter, who always remains nameless in this tale, as they try to piece together the life of a powerful dictator. Confined within the palace with plenty of time to ponder and brood, the ghostwriter happens upon an Italian gardener who opens up the ghostwriter's eyes to what is truly happening in this place, and forces past tragedies back into the present.
Extremely clever and well-written, there is a dark sense of foreboding and shadow constantly in play throughout this story which really left me edgy and on alert at all times. The narrative comes alive in the SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER by Andrew Crofts and like the flowers on the cover, the story bursts from the pages and really grips you from start to finish.
An unusual story, SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER by Andrew Crofts is unique and well worth reading.
Andrew Crofts is an author and ghostwriter. He has published more than 80 books, around a dozen of which have been number one bestsellers.
His name first became known amongst publishers for the stories he brought them by the otherwise disenfranchised. Travelling all over the world he worked with victims of enforced marriages in North Africa and the Middle East, sex workers in the Far East, orphans in war-torn areas like Croatia and dictatorships like Romania, and abused children everywhere.
The enormous success of these books brought many very different people to his door; first came the celebrities from the worlds of film, music, television and sport, and then the real elite in the form of world leaders and the mysterious, powerful people who finance them, arm them and, in some cases, control them.
Invited to pubic and private palaces all over Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and tax havens from Monaco to private islands in Bermuda, Andrew listened as they revealed their secrets, gradually piecing together the truth of who really runs the world and how they do it. For more information:
Website - andrewcrofts.com
Twitter - twitter.com/AndrewCrofts
*I want to thank Anna from reddoorpublishing.com and the author Andrew Crofts for the opportunity to review this book and take part in this blog tour. Here are all of the other fabulous stops along the way!!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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