Spring is in the air and in my step. For the first time in what seems like ages we were able to bask in the sunlight as we walked our dog down the Chesterfield canal this afternoon.
Spring for me is all about preparation for the summer, getting the garden summer ready, baby animals being born and of course Easter eggs!
It’s with all this in mind that I’ve come up with my favourite books to see me into spring.
1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
The phrase ‘mad as a March Hare’ is what convinced me that this book belongs on this list. Not to mention that despite its high levels of crazy, Wonderland is actually a rather beautiful place. With its singing flowers, colourful mushrooms and clever caterpillars, it’s the perfect way to slip into spring. Plus there’s some beautiful illustrated copies available to purchase such as this one which I bought myself with some Christmas money.
2. Mr MacGregor by Alan Titchmarsh
What better way to get in the mood for planting those spring seeds than reading a book about a gardener?
Rob MacGregor is a TV gardener just like the author Alan Titchmarsh. His career is going from strength to strength but he’s annoying pretty much everyone, from his girlfriend Katherine when she finds out he’s been having an affair, to his co-presenters who’s not happy that Rob has been brought in to sex up the show. On top of all that his dad looks like he’s about to lose the nursery ran by his family for generations.
3. Mixed Doubles by Jill Mansell
I can recommend any of Jill Mansell’s books, she’s an amazing writer and as most of her books are set in spring and summer so it was a hard choice! But I’ve settled on Mixed Doubles as I actually read it at Easter time a few years ago.
Perfectly romantic it starts just before New Year’s Eve as three friends Dulcie, Pru and Liza get together to make their resolutions as has been their habit since they became friends. But they have no idea what’s actually in store for them in the year to come.
4. A Spring Affair by Milly Johnson
This book is the one thing you need to inspire that big spring clean. Lou Winter picks up an old magazine in a dentists waiting room and gets inspired to do a big spring declutter and clean. But she suddenly goes a bit crazy with it, she didn’t realise that decluttering could be so addictive. But what her family and friends don’t realise is that decluttering her house is also making her feel that she needs to declutter other parts of her life too…. plus Milly is a South Yorkshire girl like me so I have enough bias to say read everything she’s written! Seriously though, she’s a really witty, brilliantly romantic writer who writes amazing books.
5. Gardens of Delight by Erica James.
This is a book that will get you in the car and driving across the country to try and find a beautiful garden in which to pass some time on a sunny spring day.
The Gardens of Delight brochure promises the opportunity to visit some of Italies most beautiful lakes and gardens around Lake Como. Lucy wants to go there for more than just the gardens though, her dad lives there and she hasn’t seen him since he left when she was a teenager. Helen meanwhile is recently married to a wealthy man who is spending a lot of time away from home leaving Helen to tend to the garden. Needing help, and friends she decides to join the local gardening club. A beautiful book about the love of gardens, gardening and just plain old love itself.
So there we have it. It’s not an exhaustive list ebennthough it could have been! But it is a selection of amazing books to get you in the mood for spring 2017.