Author: Abbi Waxman
Published by: Berkley
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
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 "
This book deserves a lot of hype!
On the surface, it seems like it would be depressing. Lilian is a widow with two young daughters. She suffered a major breakdown after her husband died and still struggles with it three years later. And she’s just been laid off. Total country song material, right? Wrong. When she’s commissioned to illustrate a gardening guide, she also gets roped into taking a gardening class where she learns about new beginnings.
Oh, how I adore this book. Adoooore! It’s without a doubt a top read. It’s one of those books I love every single thing about it, but have a difficult time conveying it.
I want to put all the characters in my pocket and keep them forever. No joke.
Lilian is such a relatable character who had me laughing throughout the book.
I love the family! I’d happily babysit Lilian’s daughters 😂. Lili’s sister is such a great support & pretty entertaining, too. Even the in-laws touched my heart with a dash of humor.
The class brought together a diverse group who built beautiful friendships. In some cases more than friendship.
There’s a tad bit of romance that is done perfectly for the story.
It’s definitely a book anyone will enjoy, but those who have kids or deal with kids will get an extra kick out of it.
I love the gardening aspect. There are even little tips at he beginning of each chapter that are smile inducing.
It’s truly touching, poignant and very well written. And if you know me, you know I’m all about the humor. This book brings it in spades.
Seriously, The Garden of Small Beginnings is a must read. It’ll cure any reading slump. Read it!
(Thank you, Heidi, for putting it on my radar!)