This book was just what the doctor ordered for me this week. I was looking for something cute and quirky with a dash of romance. Like a garden which this book is centered around, you need to have all the right parts to make a story grow and thrive. This story had the base (soil) of a tragic loss that our main character was dealing with. Sprinkle in the characters (seeds) and you now have the perfect combination of growth and character development. The love portion of this story was what I considered the (water). The love between Lillian and her young daughters, Lillian and her sister Rachel, plus the new love created when they joined their gardening class and made wonderful new friends. Lillian is recovering from the loss of her husband David whom she lost in a tragic car accident 4 years earlier. When she meets Edward her gardening class professor, she is not prepared for the attraction that begins to grow between them. Throughout the book she struggles to come to terms with the fact that she needs to move on in her life. Her fears and heartbreak from the loss she suffered are a constant battle she faces but maybe this new man will be the one to show her that she can have love again and grow as a person. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were all adorable and actually quite hilarious at times. The relationship between Lillian and her sister Rachel was inspiring and I really enjoyed seeing how they interacted and took care of each other. Each character had an arc that was seen through to the end. If I had to make one teeny criticism it would be that the budding romance between Lillian and Edward went from 0-60 in ten seconds. I wish it would have been a bit slower to build. That may have made it even that more believable. All in all, this was a great read. I 100% could see this as an adorable Rom-Com movie. I look forward to that if it happens. I also loved the cover! Very colorful and full of life. To be quite honest, I highlighted and saved a ton of passages where there were gardening tips. Since this book was a book that centered around a garden, each chapter began with a page on how to grow a certain type of plant or vegetable. This was a two in one score for me! A great book, plus gardening tips. Win win!
Not since Good Grief has a book about a young widow been so poignant, funny, original, and utterly believable. A compelling debut novel about loss.
Give grief a chance . . .
Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years—ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed.
At least her textbook illustrating job has some perks—like actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there’s that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently, being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can’t be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity.
After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles botanical garden feeling out of her element. But what she’ll soon discover—with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners—is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not…
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