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The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones
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Jul 15, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 15 to 25, 2011

This book was hard to read. Not because it was poorly written or because the characters didn't speak to me. They did. I read a lot of fiction and a few non-fiction titles a year. This is one of those fictional titles that reads almost like non-fiction. The setting is so contemporary and the issues are ones that could have been grabbed from newspaper headlines running this year. Some of it felt so familiar that I believed I was going to read it was based on a true story.

It was a painful story of love, loss, grief and healing.

The lovely bits about the flowers interspersed was interesting. Jeremiah's voice is strong and has a thick southern accent. I enjoyed the way he sparred with Eugenia. There are wonderful relationship dynamics in the book between all the characters. The author really pulled off writing about people instead of creating them. I want to thank Tyndale for providing my copy in exchange for this honest review.

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Margaret Metz I'm going to hold a contest on my blog Through the Fog - Contest for The First Gardener to give away my copy of this unique book. As always it is open to those in the US only and void where prohibited. The contest ends on August 7th 2011 - midnight (CST). Good luck!

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