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
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
I had high hopes for this one. It fell apart around 200 pages.
I didn't like the silly sarcasms/"humorous" quips and especially at the most inappropriate times.
I didn't like the "twist" at the end. It seemed to come out of nowhere and didn't add to the story.
I'm excited to be finished with it. Yay!
I would read more by the author. Hopefully, her other works are redeeming.
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
Who has not lived in the world of “what if” or “if only i” or even blaming our selves? This ...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
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
This story will tear at your heart. The first tragedy happens, and just when you think Mack and Gray will have a break ...more
The charact ...more
It was a painful story of ...more
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I will definitely seek out another Denise Hildreth Jones book and I hope it's as good as this one.
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