The Garden of Small Beginnings by Elly Blake
Published by Berkley
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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This book tells the story of illustrator Lilian Girvan, single mother to Annabel and Claire. Lilian has been a widow for a few years now, but is still dealing with the heartbreaking loss of her husband, Dan. Ever since the car accident in which Dan was killed, Lilian has been living a mundane life, still grieving over her loss.
Lilian works for Poplar Press, a publishing company where she illustrates textbooks. One day she is assigned to be illustrator for a series of vegetable guides for the Bloem Company – one of the largest seed and flower corporations in the world. There is one catch though – Lilian must attend a weekly vegetable gardening class for six weeks. Lilian doesn’t mind this; especially since her kids and sister, Rachel, also are able to attend the class.
What Lilian doesn’t realize is that with the start of these gardening classes, she is about to discover new friends, skills, and lessons – in life, love, and friendship.
I received this ARC (advanced reader copy) in the mail one day, and was so ready to dive into it! I will admit that I am big into nice-looking covers on books – so that was a big selling point with me 🙂 The quotes from reviews on the back of the book made it seem like it would be a very entertaining read.
I actually stopped reading another book to read this one. Honestly, the other book was not capturing my attention at all, mainly because the genre just isn’t something I am interested in and I didn’t care too much for what I was reading. So The Garden of Small Beginnings was a fresh start for me!
The Garden of Small Begninnings was not only heart-warming, but it was also an adventure. From feeling the total despair of missing her husband, to feeling a new spark for a new man, I felt like I was right there with the main character (Lilian) feeling the same emotions. To me, she felt like a real person and I easily got lost in the book.
The vast array of characters were also nice to meet. There were plenty of characters to keep me entertained, but I didn’t lose track of who was who. Every character had his/her own personality and I felt that I got to know a little background for each one. It’s not often that I feel such a connection to all of the characters in a book.
I felt the book dealt with a lot of issues today’s people face. Loneliness, regret, despair, sadness…but also finding true happiness, growth, and new wisdom. The changes in Lilian through the book were wonderful and I was cheering her on. Even Lilian’s sister, Rachel, had some growth through the book. It was very inspirational.
I urge you to buy it once it comes out May 2nd! Drop a comment below if you have any questions or if you just want to discuss:)