In Loretta Nyhan’s warm and witty Amazon Charts bestselling novel, a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over—right in her own backyard.
Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade—and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun...more
Guys, this book wrecked me. I've been a fan of Loretta's writing since her previous novel, All The Good Parts, was released. I was left itching for more of her witty charm and boy, did I find it here. Her novels are emotional for sure, but they still manage to deal with tough themes in an upbeat and hilarious way. When I pick up one of her books, I feel as though instead of re ...more
What I can say is that I'm very proud of this book. I give my pride in it five stars. Abso-freaking-lutely.
The initial idea for this book came from an article I read about ten years ago. A local woman worked for the Chicago Tribune i ...more
Couldn't understand why the only man
She had ever loved had been taken
Leaving her to start
With a heart so badly broken
Despite encouragement from me
No words were ever spoken...
—Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Alone Again Naturally"
4.5 stars for this one.
I loved this! What a great story.
Jesse was a part of Paige's life since eighth grade, and he was her only love. Often it was the two of them against the world, and she always knew she could count on her husband and their marriage. ...more
Payge is in her mid forties, has been a widow for 2 years, and she’ll still trying to find her footing. Her relationship with her 17 year old son is shaky and her job with a small advertising agency seems to be hanging by a thread. The story bumbles along somewhat predictably, as Payge sinks to new lows, and slowly makes her way uphill to a better place. Along the way, she digs up a crazy garden an ...more
Sadly, Nyhan lost her own husband so she has firsthand experience in the way a widow may feel and behave, and while she acknowledges that her situation wasn’t exactly like Pai ...more
Paige once lived harmoniously with her husband and teenage son in a nice, safe life. But after her husband’s sudden death, Paige’s grief takes ahold of her. They lived in their own world for so long, but that world shattered, leaving emptiness, loneliness, and pain. Now, for the past two years Paige has been sleepwalking through life, inadvertently neglecting her job, her son, an ...more
The supp ...more
This is the situation facing Paige. Her husband is gone, and the company she has worked at for years is heaving with new (and somewhat off-the-wall) changes. Her teenage son is experiencing difficulties, and like ...more
The beginning definitely grabs your attention due to an unexpected death.. but then it kinds of takes a turn into a little bit boring and weird. This book follows Paige Moresco, who is just trying to deal with life after her husband's sudden death. Her son is pushing her away and she might end up losing her job. Basically, her life has gone from bad to worse in like 3.5 nanoseconds.
Besides all of that, the community she lives in is filled w ...more
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Supervillain Chelsea Humphrey made me read this paean to the overweight, overtired, overworked Average Soul taking up space the Skinny Bastages think is rightfully theirs in a shrinking economy.
At almost every turn, I felt the severe pain ...more
It's about a 42-year-old, Paige Moresco, who had lost her husband in a car accident. The two of them and their son, Trey, had a settled, rule-filled, predictable life. Paige finds herself not caring, aimless, and about to lose her job. She takes her frustrations on her garden, which she digs out and starts to rebuild.
This was a good story, albeit one I read before. The characters were well drawn, it's just that the writing felt flat at times, so my enga ...more
I was slightly worried I would need truffles for this story. I've been married thirty years and cannot even begin to fathom life without my mate. While Nyhan did make me tear up she also had me rooting for Paige Moresco, her son Trey, and the secondary characters we met along the way. I laughed, got angry, cheered and smiled as ...more
The only thing I could even nitpick at is that I felt Paige was portrayed older than her forty-three years of age. Maybe it's because that is exactly how old I am and she felt older to me. We're also completely opposite people. I know I look young f ...more
We start with the tepid Paige who used to have a life she loved but then everything crumbled and now she's trying to keep her ho ...more
It started out strong, but then went downhill fast. The characters were flat, the story long winded without real direction. I got to about 85% of the book, and just started flipping the pages to get to the end. Why torture myself when there are tons of really "good reads" to sink into.
The good news, is I didn't buy it. It came with my Kindle unlim ...more
Nyhan, Loretta. Digging In: A Novel (p. 5). Lake Union Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Barely into the book when the quote above was written. It made me stop and reflect on what a true statement that was. Th ...more
What really drove home the author's skill was reading the afterward, where she tells that halfway through this book about a woman whose husband ...more
Paige's reason for digging up her yard is quite different than mine. Her life is falling apart, her husband died unexpectedly in a car accident, her boss pas ...more
I'm the ...more