The First Gardener
Jeremiah Williams has been tending the gardens of the Tennessee governor’s mansion for over twenty-five years. And like most first families who have come and gone, this one has stolen his heart.
Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, have struggled for ten years to have a child and are now enjoying a sweet season of life—anticipating the coming reelection and sen
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With a myriad of characters, this is one emotional roller coaster ride. From a child's giddy laughter to a gardner's silent prayers you will be taken to depths and heights you cannot imagine in this jewel of a book!
I must admit when I began reading I realized fairly quickly what was...more
Who has not lived in the world of “what if” or “if only i” or even blaming our selves? This...more
Jeremiah Williams has been tending those gardens for over twenty-five years. And like most first families who have come and gone, this one has stolen his heart.
Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, are enjoying a sweet season of life when tragedy tears their world apart. As the entire state mourns, Mackenzie falls into a grief that threatens to swallow her whole.
Though his heart is also broken...more
After living my life believing that my mother was one way, only to experience the total opposite, I was traumatized. I felt the same as Mackenzie did when she lost her Maddie. Life with my mother as I knew it could never be the same again. My mother was not the person she had led me to believe all of my life. Through a fa...more
If ever an inanimate object could be treated as a person, and treated poorly, it is this book. My dysfunctional relationship with this story spanned the extremes of emotional reaction: I laughed with it, screamed at it, sassed back at it, and-to my shame-slapped it around when things didn't go my way. But the jump from anger to love grew smaller and smaller until I couldn't let this book go. It embraced me like a warm blanket and soake...more
I found this book very compelling and tender, as well as poignant. I also found myself drawn to the characters, especially Jeremiah. The author made we wan...more
It was a painful story of...more
I will definitely seek out another Denise Hildreth Jones book and I hope it's as good as this one.
The London's, Gray and Mackenzie, are the first family of Tennessee. After many years of waiting and trying to have a baby they finally had sweet little Maddie. At five years old Maddie is growing up and the London's are trying to have an...more
This story will tear at your heart. The first tragedy happens, and just when you think Mack and Gray will have a break...more
Jeremiah has been tending the gardens of the govenor's house for 25 years, and 3 years of that for the London family. Jeremiah has a way of growing things and it can be said that a piece of heaven can truly be found in his backyard.
When tragedy strikes the world stops spinning. For this family through life's turmoil...more
Author: Denise Hildreth
If Heaven had a backyard, it would look like the gardens of the Tenness governor’s mansion.
JEREMIAH Williams has been the head gardener for over twenty-five years. And this particular first family has stolen their heart.
Governor Gray London and his wife, Mackenzie have a five year old daughter, Maddie, who is soon to be starting kindergarten. Mackenzie thought one...more
The characters in T...more
Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, have struggled for ten years to have a child and are now enjoying a sweet season of life—anticipating the coming reelection and sending their precious daughter, Maddie, off to kindergarten—when a tragedy tears their world apart. As the entire state mourns,...more
After that funeral -- for someone, we don't know who -- the story jumps back nearly two weeks. The First Gardener is primarily the story of the governor of Tennessee (a fictional governor) and his oh-so-perfect family. They are young, beautiful, successful and happy. Of course, as you get to know them, yo...more
If one death could steal your joy, then what would two deaths do, steal your soul?
Gray and Mackenzie are brought from joy to despair to hope and then thrown into the pit of hell.
A review will never capture the essence of what this story does. It shows that no matter how big the hurt, the pain, the hope, etc., nothing is too big for God.
The chapters intermingled with Jeremiah's POV give a true Southern taste and how deep our roots go when it come to leaning and trustin...more