The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

Posted June 11, 2017 | 42 Comments

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi WaxmanThe Garden of Small Beginnings
Author: Abbi Waxman
Published by: Berkley
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 358
Source: Publisher

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!)


42 responses to “The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

  1. THIS! This is the book I need in my life right now. Little romance, fun, wonderful friendships and being a bit of gardener myself it sounds absolutely lovely! It sounds like a wonderfully healing book as well, something that just touches your soul. Going to try to hunt down a paperback so I can pass it along to my dear old mum when I’m done. Brilliant review Christy, really enjoyed it <3

  2. It made me so happy to read this review and Ali’s today. I am so happy that you guys listened and took a chance on this one. It was so amazing, right? I totally loved all the humor. The mother cracked me up. I want to get an audio copy and re read this one. I hope more readers picked it up. It’s your turn to find the next great book! You did find Hating Game last summer.

    • Christy

      It really is. Yeah, I’d like to get the audio for a future listen. And nope, Ali can find the next great one. ?

  3. I have read so many good reviews of this book. I have it on my to do list-not my wish list. I plan on listening because Kimberly said it was wonderful. Great review!

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