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Overview Hannah Covington leads the struggle to protect her town from developers, Amelia becomes involved with a charming older man, and Grace and Bod decide to open a teahouse together.
Hannah, cool-headed and calm, battles to save their beloved hills from the rapacious development that has already ruined Loring Valley, only five minutes form Cove Road. Amelia, giddy with a newfound love, abandons the ladies and her photography to please her dashing new beau. And Grace is driven to prove she has an eye for business when she and her steady companion, Bob Richardson, open the Cottage Tearoom. New friends and neighbors are introduced. Eccentric Lurina Masterson, an eighty-one-year-old bride, brings tears of joy to all when, wearing her childhood dream of white satin, she married "Old Man," who is ninety-one. And George Maxwell, the ladies' closest neighbor, provides an inspired solution to preserving Covington's lush hills and valleys.
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Studio: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.84" Width: 4.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date May 19, 2002
Publisher St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN 0312980124 ISBN13 9780312980122
Availability 0 units.
More About Joan A. Medlicott
Joan Medlicott lives with her husband in Barnardsville, North Carolina.
Joan A. Medlicott currently resides in Branardsville, in the state of North Carolina.
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CHARMING READ May 24, 2008
The Gardens of Covington: A Novel (Covington)
IF YOU HAVE BEEN A FAN OF JAN KORAN'S MIDFORD SERIES...THEN YOU TOO WILL LOVE THE LADIES FROM COVINGTON. YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF ONCE AGAIN TRANSPORTED TO A TIME WHEN LIFE WAS A BIT SLOWER, LESS HECTIC AND SIMPLY CHARMING IN IT'S SIMPLICITY. THE PACE OF THE READ IS PERFECT FOR EITHER A LAZY RAINY DAY OR A RELAXING SUMMER DAY...BUT BELIEVE ME YOU WILL BE ANYTHING BUT BORED! BOOKS LIKE THESE ARE SO ENDEARING THAT YOU FIND YOURSELF CONTINUALLY GOING BACK IN YOUR MIND, MANY TIMES A DAY AND JUST WANTING TO PULL UP A WHITE ROCKER AND JOIN THE LADIES ON THEIR FRONT PORCH FOR A CUP OF TEA AND A BIT OF CONVERSATION. THIS SERIES IS A CLASSIC THAT WILL FOREVER REMAIN ETCHED IN YOUR MIND'S EYE AND HEART FOR YEARS AFTER YOU HAVE READ THEM. ENJOY! P. SMITH
Covington Series Apr 18, 2008
Another good book in the Covington Series, the elderly ladies are delightful as they were in the previous books. Can't wait to get the next in theseries.
Gardens Good for Light Reading Oct 6, 2007
This book is good for light reading. It's a little like the "Golden Girls" without the humor. Each of the three ladies in the book have a definite personality and obstacles to overcome in order to live a fulfilling life. The message here is that life doesn't end at 65 and new beginnings are possible. While some of the situations seem a bit contrived and you do have suspend belief the book doesn't suffer for it. That is the wonderful thing about books.
Another great book-great down to earth ladies! Sep 10, 2007
In this sequel to the first Ladies of Covington Send Their Love, the 3 ladies Hannah, Grace and Amelia's lives continue in their new home in Covington.
A landowner of Covington poses a threat to buy out the property there, and the ladies, who are very upset by this take action, especially Hannah who goes all the way to the city coalition, environmental agencies, and gathers the support of the whole neighborhood to hang on to the beautiful Covington area. The whole town turns against Hannah for this, and she almost gets herself into trouble with some of the people. It is the wealthy Maxwell's that will step in here in the end, and Hannah will get more then she ever thought possible.
Grace is still in a courtship with her Rich, and the two decide to open a tea shop, which turns out to be a very bad choice since it takes all of Grace's time away from everything else, and she has no time for rest. They have this little shop up and running well, but decide later it is best to sell it out.
Amelia, the most fragile lady of the bunch, and always headed for trouble gets herself into a car wreck going up to visit her gay male friend Mike. The man that comes to rescue her is Lance, who seems to fall in love with Amelia at first sight. He soon takes over her whole life so that she has no time for anyone else or any of her photography. Amelia falls under his spell and is headed for a heap of trouble. Hannah and Grace try to warn her, but she goes on ahead with this courtship until she gets badly hurt.
Tyler, Rich's grandson and Grace's "adopted" grandson is having a problem when his dad is in love with a new lady, Emily. Tyler and his dad Russell have a very bad time for awhile until they get things straightened out between all of them. Tyler has had a very bad time losing his mother to a bad car accident and can't understand why his dad loves someone else now.
And Grace also has made great friends with 81-year old Lurina who is a lonely old maid 81 years of age. When 'old man,' Joseph Elisha comes along though, the two have a romance and get married. Lurina is a very isolated type of soul and doesn't like to wander out of the house at all. So the ladies try to help her plan a wedding. When the newspaper gets hold of this story though, and reporters persist on barging in. Lurina feels threatened and wants no part of a big wedding after the ladies went to all the trouble of planning a fancy one. So Lurina and Joe get married in her home, but still find the reporters there anyway after someone spills the beans about the private ceremony.
The Gardens of Covington: A Novel Sep 3, 2007
The Gardens of Covington is a part of an interesting and fun series, While you could pick up the story without reading the first book(s) I think it more enjoyable to read such books in sequence. Joan A. Medlicott writes well, and combines the story of three, "Senior" ladies with recipes, gardening information, AWA intertwining into the books, their families/friends. The series is in the category of "Light" reading, and by now, I have read about 6 books in the series and am hooked. Now I am worrying that she will stop writing more books in this series - then what will I do?