Monday, June 5, 2017

The Garden of Small Beginnings

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~




Synopsis (from Amazon): 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...


One (or more) Sentence Summary: I very much enjoyed The Garden of Small Beginnings.  I loved the characters and how they all came together throughout the book.  Even though the main story revolved around Lilian, we learned about all the others as the book unfolded.  I think my favorite, was Claire - she was a hoot! The book moved along at a nice steady pace.  The end was worth every page turned!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I would love to read another book by Abbi Waxman!  I really enjoyed The Garden of Small Beginnings.




Abbi Waxman is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman, who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.

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