Wednesday, November 24, 2010
There would be tunnels of roses, beds of strawberries, fountains of overflowing herbs. And there might even be love...
In the heart of bustling modern Dublin is a littered, overgrown garden of tangled weeds and a stagnant, hidden pond. Belonging to an iron-willed elderly lady named Mrs. Prendergast, who is rumored to have murdered and buried her husband there, the garden draws Eva Madigan, a young mother struggling to move on from the pain of her past. Eva is joined by Emily, a beautiful but withdrawn college dropout; Uri, an old-world immigrant; Seth, his all-too-handsome son; and occasionally even Mrs. Prendergast herself. But what drives Eva to transform the neglected urban wilderness? What makes the others want to help her? Even as Mrs. Prendergast puts the land up for sale, the thorny lives of all the gardeners are revealed and slowly start to untangle. Overgrown secrets are dug up and shared. Choices are made; a little pruning is in order. Now Eva is about to discover that every garden is a story of growth toward a final harvest...
It's a story of friendship and how care for an abandoned garden brings people together, which is a terrific premise. It just wasn't a book I could get into. I didn't find the characters particularly likeable and, ultimately, there wasn't anything to motivate me to finish it.
The book contains prolific and unnecessary use of the F-word.
Thanks to Simon & Shuster for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Tara Heavey here. You can purchase your own copy here. You can find other, positive reviews at Bookalicious Babe, Frugal Plus, and Novel Chatter.