The Body Shop

Culture Street


The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

On March 3, 2014

BUY NOW (via the BookShop)

By Sophia Whitfield

Over the last few years erotic fiction has brazenly graced the hands of many women reading on their daily commute. Fifty Shades of Grey sparked a new trend in fiction, but now even literary fiction is diving into the depths of erotica.

Walsh’s latest novel shines the spotlight on a forbidden love affair. Set during the heat of a summer holiday in Mallorca, lust and desire drip off every.

Jenn is a 45-year-old stepmother, who has for years been holiday with her academic husband on the island of Mallorca. She is dreading the arrival of her 15-year-old stepdaughter, Emma, who will undoubtedly disrupt the peaceful tranquility of her holiday with Greg.

Emma’s manifestation into a young woman has been an uneasy blow to both Greg and Jenn. While Greg is struggling to come to terms with it, Jenn has to deal with Emma’s rejection of her, despite the fact that she has mothered Emma since she was a baby.

When Emma arrives with her boyfriend Nathan, the young man’s presence throws everyone’s holiday into chaos. Jenn’s infatuation with Nathan leads her to examine her own body and the ravages that time has dealt on her physical appearance. Her desire for Nathan’s youth and physical perfection threatens to unravel all the things she has previously held dear.

Under the lemon grove a story is played out of a family lost, unable to discuss the truth behind their calm exteriors. A young self assured Nathan arrives into this fractured environment, full of bravado. He asserts his opinions and his physical presence on them all. Jenn will have to tread carefully if she is to save the things she most treasures.

This tightly woven story is hard to put down. Full of illicit love it asks the question; beauty and age – is there such a thing? Can we age gracefully or is it simply a myth?

You Might Also Like


Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

John Green, New York Times bestselling author has written a heartfelt novel about the importance of living life despite the shadow of death.

On January 14, 2013


NW by Zadie Smith

By Sophia Whitfield

On January 6, 2013


Artemis Fowl makes it to the big screen

Walt Disney Studios has announced an adaptation of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. The eight book science fiction fantasy series has sold over 20 million books. The...

On July 31, 2013


Winter Solstice

This is the first book I have read by Rosamunde Pilcher. As it often comes up on Christmas lists I decided to make it my festive read.

On January 4, 2016


The War of the Wives by Tamar Cohen

By Sophia Whitfield

On October 2, 2012


Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon

By Sophia Whitfield

On November 16, 2015
Copyright © 2012 - 2016 Culture Street