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The Garden of Small Beginnings (vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Abbi Waxman (Tekijä)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
3313358,157 (3.74)13
"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. "Young widow Lilian Girvan can't see the garden for the weeds... It's been three years since her husband was killed in a car accident and Lilian is still getting used to being sane--after that one early breakdown. She's happy just being able to get her two girls to school every morning, keep her illustrating job, and catch up on her favorite TV shows with her sister. She's not exactly in a rut; she's just letting the grass grow under her feet. But then Lilian's boss asks her to illustrate a vegetable encyclopedia and signs her up for a vegetable-gardening class. Lilian reluctantly agrees and recruits her kids and sister to join her for some drama-free Saturday mornings, because what could be more relaxing than gardening? Nothing...except that this class is filled with people who like to dig a little deeper than the surface, and an instructor who makes Lillian want to bloom for the first time in years. With her fellow newbie gardeners, Lilian learns what it takes to nurture plants--and friendships. Digging in the dirt, with worms and all, teaches Lilian that sometimes you have to let nature take its course, be it in gardening, in life, or in love.."--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:satxreader
Teoksen nimi:The Garden of Small Beginnings
Kirjailijat:Abbi Waxman (Tekijä)
Info:Berkley (2017), 358 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto, Purchased, Kindle, Aion lukea
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Avainsanoja:Kindle, Women's Fiction, Family

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 33) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Charming, feel-good read -- perfect for vacation or escape. Clever writing and though plot has potential to be "trite" it never feels that way. Lili is a single mom of two young girls, Clare (5) and Annabel (7). Her husband was tragically killed 4 years prior to the story's action in a dramatic, traumatic way right before her eyes. She has worked hard to get herself to a place of stability, even if it means turning off her emotions and relying on routine. With the help of her single sister Rachel, they keep the girls stable as well. All of this "normalcy" gets stirred up when Lili's illustrator job puts her on the assignment of a gardening book, for which she must take a gardening class. Enter Edward Bloem, a handsome gardening executive and teacher of the course. The girls love him immediately and Rachel propels Lili toward getting involved with him, but Lili digs in her heels, feeling completely "not ready." This is the potentially trite part. Edward is a patient man and they have 6 gardening classes together for Lili's resolve to weaken. Also the class is a cast of characters who all become friends and also offer each other support. Many are rooting for Lili and Edward to get together. It's a very sweet story, but has a biting edge of humor and sarcastic reality -- it doesn't take itself too seriously. The sister relationship is great, and the family dynamic rings true as does the complex range of emotions besieging Lili as her life transitions. The gardening images are apt -- promoting new life -- and the illustrations and "text book" interspersed throughout are a clever addition. The epigraph at the beginning is "There can a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." by Anais Nin and just about sums it up. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Enjoyable book. ( )
  shazjhb | Aug 19, 2020 |
The Garden of Small Beginnings is perfect Spring and early Summer garden reading.

Solid and fun garden advice weaves between chapters.

The plot improved once Lili stopped taking a chance on everyone's life while talking on her tucked in cellphone while driving.

It would also have been very welcome to all of us pet lovers if she had immediately taken her dog to the vet to get rid of painful worms
rather than waiting until the end of the book to still be thinking about the poor animal. As well, Rachel's skin problem was a juvenile interjection.

All that aside, the Gardening class made for fun and relaxing reading, more than balancing the endless interludes of not distancing from
repeat grief events. This interfered with her tumbling love affair with Edward, who may have extended too much patience for his own sanity.
Also, whether he was planning to stay with his company or to return to Amsterdam was never clear and could have influenced Lili's ambivalence.

For future editions, it would be welcome to include Lillian's drawings! At least the one of The Garden with The Bench! ( )
  m.belljackson | Jun 4, 2020 |
relaxing
just go with it ( )
  dianaleez | Mar 29, 2020 |
I liked Lili I just thought the book dragged a bit. A pleasant diversion but nothing special ( )
  quirkylibrarian | Feb 25, 2020 |
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Waxman, Abbiensisijainen tekijäkaikki painoksetvahvistettu
Frangie, RitaKannen suunnittelijamuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Rankin, EmilyKertojamuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  ---ANAIS NIN
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For my husband, David, who is my friend, my hero, and my woobie.
For my sister, Emily, who is the person I write for... the person for whom I write...oh, she knows what I mean.
And for my mother, Paula Gosling, who told me I was a writer before I could read.  Now she can say she told me so, which mothers love to do.
Ensimmäiset sanat
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It's been more than three years since my husband died, yet in many ways he's more useful than ever.
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Englanninkielinen Wikipedia

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"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. "Young widow Lilian Girvan can't see the garden for the weeds... It's been three years since her husband was killed in a car accident and Lilian is still getting used to being sane--after that one early breakdown. She's happy just being able to get her two girls to school every morning, keep her illustrating job, and catch up on her favorite TV shows with her sister. She's not exactly in a rut; she's just letting the grass grow under her feet. But then Lilian's boss asks her to illustrate a vegetable encyclopedia and signs her up for a vegetable-gardening class. Lilian reluctantly agrees and recruits her kids and sister to join her for some drama-free Saturday mornings, because what could be more relaxing than gardening? Nothing...except that this class is filled with people who like to dig a little deeper than the surface, and an instructor who makes Lillian want to bloom for the first time in years. With her fellow newbie gardeners, Lilian learns what it takes to nurture plants--and friendships. Digging in the dirt, with worms and all, teaches Lilian that sometimes you have to let nature take its course, be it in gardening, in life, or in love.."--

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