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Welcome to Branston College … We are an academic institution in the heart of an ancient university town. Our architecture might not feature dreaming spires, but the central dome nonetheless casts a characterful shadow. Amenities include a distinctive subterranean bar and a newly renovated garden where you can observe local wildlife.

Diana is starting a new life as gardener at Branston, a challenging restoration project which allows her to indulge a love of delphiniums beneath the disconcerting gaze of dishy but remote Richard, the recently widowed College Master.

A new term brings new students, among them It Girl Amber, darling of the gossip columns and dead ringer for inclusion in the university’s notorious elite society. As lustful teenagers and crabby tutors run riot in Diana’s garden, her peaceful haven is trampled, and then a blast from the past threatens to ruin a new romance. Can anything save Diana’s hard-won happiness, let alone her herbaceous borders?


'Wendy's writing is brilliant'
Jilly Cooper
'One of the country's greatest comic authors'
<I> Daily Mirror </I>
'So funny and readable you worry about the calorie content'
<I> The Sunday Times </I>
The always witty Wendy Holden is back with a fun yet touching tale about class and privilege
Good Housekeeping, Book of the Month
Wendy Holden's sure-to-be-bestseller is smart, sharp and hugely entertaining
Daily Mail
Chirpy, saucy and funny, this is the perfect novel to curl up with now that the evenings are drawing in
A delight ... packed with hilarious situations ... and there's plenty of romance