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The Wishing Garden

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The Wishing Garden
Savannah Dawson makes her living at an advertising agency, creating commercials that link milk consumption to true love. But when it comes to tarot cards, she isn't making things up. And she has never picked a bad card--until the Three of Swords appears in her own fortune one night, promising sorrow...and a letter from her estranged mother reveals her fat
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Bantam
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Dixie Goode
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Several wears ago whenI was in a used book store in Gold Beach Oregon when I found this book laying on a shelf. It was marked as an Advanced Reading Copy and had no price on it, and the clerk had no idea what to charge me, so finally gave it to me for a dollar. I read it, and cried because the book has a woman who is an eternal optimist, dealing with the approaching death of her father, her resentment of her Mother, and the breaking down of her relationship with her daughter, as she finds love ...more
Beverly Diehl
Beautiful, poignant, inspirational, heartbreaking, lyrical. As Doug is dying of melanoma from the Arizona sun, he has hired Jake to build a custom bench, a last gift to his wife Maggie and his daughter Savannah. Savannah has brought his 15-year-old daughter Emma with her from San Francisco, and passes the time telling the fortunes of her parents' neighbors with tarot cards. There's a hint of magickal realism mixed in to her tarots, and a ghost that haunts Jake's cabin.

Almost every character has
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon Ms. Yorke's first book, "Magic Spells", in the library and picked it up merely because a blurb on the cover compared her writing to Alice Hoffman's. Well, Ms. Yorke has got Hoffman beat by a country mile! Her writing is fresh, passionate, sensitive and poignant.

I enjoyed every page of this story, which is ultimately about mothers and daughters, and read it again when I got to the end, that's how good the story was. I loved that she started each chapter with a picture of a Tarot
Carla Khoo
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book, again, not one that I'd normally go for. It's about life, how it changes, how we loose people, how relationships impact us and how we ourselves change. But what I appreciated most about this book was what it told you about love - in all it's fun, bumbly and unexpected forms.

I think it's fair to warn you thought, if you've ever lost someone close to cancer and were around to see them deteriorate, you might find this a tough read. I lost my Daddy to cancer and I really th
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sections of this book felt stilted, and portions of the plot just didn't seem to be consistent or believable, but the author made up for these flaws with an outstanding job at character development, and the occasional insight into humanity that just took your breath away.

Definitely recommended, despite its flaws.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
What am amazing story about how a person can rise above their environmental influences and change: Whit from a violent gang background and Mary from a love starved upbringing due to a father who was a bigot and a husband who she married not for love but for similar interests. These two people were brought together to replenish a garden that at one time had brought Mary's mother joy. Now the two use the garden as a way to bring their shared love into one family. It is sad how our environment can ...more
Sep 06, 2008 rated it liked it
I like the use of the setting. Arizona as a land of high contrasts. Phoenix being arid and harsh both in climate and in relationships. Prescott is less harsh but the setting for the final stop, the retirement community a place of final grace and renewal. San Francisco turgid, mysticism ridden, and the relationships are tangled, lost in the fog.
I would have like the story better with less of the auras and goulies haunting. However the troubled teens were very believable.
The garden belongs to the
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
The character while they can be malcontents become endearing as you read this novel of relationships. I felt the main character that travels through the book, Savannah, struggles against all she conceives as bad or negative. Then the woman character takes a turn at falling in love with a man that murdered in a fit of passion. You will be surprised at the depth of her relationship with her teenage daughter. The author captures the essence of the mother daughter relationship so well I found myself ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This is probably more like magical realism than fantasy per se, although I did find it in the fantasy section at HPB. I have mixed feelings about this book. Sometimes the characters seem wonderfully well-drawn; at other times they seem like walking clichés. And the ending was a little too pat. But it had its high points as well as its meh points.
Tandy Parker
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
While I did find this book entertaining, I also found it to be more than a little far fetched. That's not necessarily a bad thing; sometimes we all need a bit of fantasy to fall into, and erase the realism & monotony of everyday life.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction-misc
Savannah Dawson loves advertising and viewing life as always have an upside. Can she sustain this going back to her dying father? With her rebellious teenage daughter? Somewhat bittersweet but positive overall with some tears along the way.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book since it is similar in style to some of my favorite authors - Sarah Addison Allen, Alice Hoffman, etc. But the writing to me was just a notch below those other writers and the characters weren't as rich and likable. I enjoyed this book, but didn't love it.
Dec 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: already-read
This is a very good book. Also very sad. And very hopeful.
Mar 18, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm not usually a fan of weepy family dramas, but this was a good read. Bittersweet, with elements of magical realism.
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Delightful book using Tarot or as the author states it "tarots" as a building block for the story. Easy fun read
Anty Notosapoetro
It's too sad for me to like it too much.
Linda McQueen
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really wish she'd write another novel. I loved this one.
Jaz (Cloud Child )
Was beautifully bittersweet.
It kind of made you think everything would be happy in the end no matter how much bad stuff kept happening but the ending was more realistic and more about hope.
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Christy Yorke was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she went to college and married her high school sweetheart. After graduating magna cum laude from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Psychology, she and her husband moved to Idaho for the fresh air and opportunity to live and play in the wilderness. With two nearly grown children, Christy spends her time writ ...more
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