cover of The Tulip Garden

The Tulip Garden by Sarah Mathilde Callaway is the sort of book you could read curled up on the sofa. It is an easy, light read, taking you on a journey of escapism. Set in the rolling hills and lush countryside of Florence. It is a story of love, family, traditions.


After receiving an urgent letter from their ageing grandmother, Arianna and her cousins, Angelica and Anastasia, return to the Contini estate in the lush countryside near Florence where they spent their childhood summers. Arianna is engaged to a London banker who has put a ring on her finger but doesn’t give her the happiness she desires. When Arianna arrives in Tuscany she rediscovers herself and her forgotten passion for the land. She also encounters true love with Lorenzo, a man who lives his life intensely without worrying about the future. Lorenzo, a simple farmer working the Contini land, soon finds out that Arianna is Armando Contini’s granddaughter. Their relationship is marred by this discovery and shortly afterwards Lorenzo decides to go to Ireland to take over a run-down farm. The tulip garden becomes Arianna’s refuge. she understands that true love has no bounds and can overcome any obstacle.

If you are a fan of old-fashioned romance The Tulip Garden is for you. Sarah describes the scenes perfectly and I felt as though I was whisked to the hills the of Florence, Italy. It takes me back to own Italian family as the grandmother is the matriarch of the family, we all did as she said. Arianna doesn’t want to do anything to upset her Grandmother. But, Arianna is finding she is led by heart and sometimes it is best to follow your heart and not what we think is right.

The Tulip Garden by Sarah Mathilde Callaway is available from most bookstores