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The Heirloom Garden

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In her inimitable heartwarming style, Viola Shipmans brand-new novel follows two women, separated by a generation but equally scarred by war, who find hope, meaning and friendship through a garden of flowers.

Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to loneliness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind a towering
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Graydon House
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    Sherri Thacker
    I have several authors who I run, dont walk, to get the book when it first comes out. Viola Shipman is one of those authors. When I got approved for this book from NetGalley and the publisher, I immediately had to start the book. This book takes me back to my mother-in-laws house. Another great book by Viola Shipman! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. ...more
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOL

    I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    There is no doubt that this will be one of my favorite books of the year!
    Viola Shipman has written a fantastic, heartfelt and loving novel of family, hope fear, sadness and joy.
    . The descriptions of the seasons, flowers,and surroundings are just astounding! It makes you believe you are living on Lake Michigan!
    We meet Iris, and her new neighbors Lily, Abby and Cory in Michigan.
    Iris, now elderly, has no intentions of knowing her new neighbors. The wall has been built both around her home and her
    Donna Hines
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    .."The simplest things in life family, friends, faith, fun, love, and a passion for what you do are truly the grandest gifts. My fiction is meant to honor the elders in our lives whose sacrifices and journeys helped make us who we are today. I couldnt be prouder of my novels, which I hope reconnect you to your own familys stories, heirlooms, histories and traditions." Wade -Pen Name Viola Shipman
    Absolutely adore this back to basics read in which we honor those long ago memories we all hold so
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: michigan-books
    This is another fantastic book by Viola Shipman. I started it as soon as it showed up in my mailbox, even though I have a stack of books that should have been read first but this is one of my 'go to' authors and I had to read it right away. I am a huge fan of books about Michigan and books that take place on Lake Michigan always tug at my heart because of all the summers that I spent at the Lake growing up. This author describes the area around Lake Michigan so well and so beautifully that it is ...more
    Nicola Short
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Heirloom Garden is a very heartwarming story with so much going on. There is hope, love, sadness, loss, survival, PTSD and empowerment of woman. The characters are real, likable and ones you want to have in your own life.
    There is two time lines within the story....1944 with Iris, her husband and young daughter and 2003 with Abby, her husband and young daughter. Iris rents a house to Abby which begins a heartfelt friendship no one expected. They are drawn together through their love for
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman is another story that will touch your heart in several different ways! This author always writes stories that reach the very core of family, true feelings of love and overcoming the great disappointments in lives. The bitterness and loss of war always break the hearts of families across the world. In The Heirloom Garden, there are two women who are trying to survive the best way possible as they come to terms with the aftermath of how war has affected their ...more
    Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Despite the fact that I am no way an excellent gardener this story inspired me to get to know the plants in my yard. I'm pretty sure that wasn't a goal of the author, but here we are. Every chapter focuses on a flower and I loved that. It was such a unique way of framing both stories.
    The two timelines are equally heart wrenching. Both 1944 and 2003 life presents challenges for our two main female characters. It's sort of a romance/ kind of like historical fiction and completely binge-able.
    *This book was received as part of the Amazon vine program.

    I read this book in a night, mainly because I loved the usage of flowers and the various ways they were weaved within the story. It was also easy reading and while I wouldn't describe much of the topic matter as "light", it was still something that was easy to sink into. That being said, it did have a few flaws, I wavered between three and four stars for this one.

    Iris has lost everything, and as such walled herself up to keep even more
    Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A brilliantly written story about hope, friendship and new beginnings.

    A new family has moved into the house next door to Iris Maynard, her parents old house. She had no idea what was going on with the Peterson family until they become friends. All Iris knew was they were a young couple with a little girl names Lily, a flower name just like her own. Iris soon learns about Abbys career and marriage struggles and Cory, Abbys husband, is suffering from PTSD after serving in the Iraq war. Iris lost
    Molly Vanzile
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    As we know right now we are living in crazy times. We are not sure what is going to happen and the stress levels are out of this world. What keeps me sane is getting away with a really good book! This book is one of those books. I was so excited when I received my advance copy of The Heirloom Garden, by Viola Shipman.
    I have been looking forward to this book. As gardening has always been close to my heart. I have so many good memories of gardening with my father and my grandmother. I also am
    Wendi Lee
    Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Let me start off by saying that I'm not a gardener. I have a few indoor succulents that have lasted more than six months, which is a personal best for me. I tried a garden last spring and was delighted that anything came up, but it wasn't a success. That said, I really enjoyed The Heirloom Garden, particularly because of the love and care the characters put into their gardens, and the author's lovely descriptions of flowers.

    Of course, this novel is more than floral descriptions. Iris is an
    Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Heirloom Garden is the latest West Michigan lakeshore based novel by the author writing as Viola Shipman. Once again, the reader is taken to the Lake Michigan coast, this time the setting is Grand Haven. If you are familiar with the area, many familiar landmarks are mentioned. If you arent familiar with the area, the author does a great job of describing a summer along Lake Michigan. The story centers around two neighboring houses along the shore. In one house lives Iris, a once famous ...more
    Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What a wonderful read, loved this one. Granted, you dont have to know a lot about flowers to enjoy the heartfelt emotions this story evokes, but I can certainly say as quite an experienced gardener myself, it made this tale all the more enjoyable because I did. I knew all the flowers mentioned and loved the descriptions but diving into the history and meanings made this book all the more enjoyable. I could relate to how spring incites so much excitement when discovering the first blooms to ...more
    Rebecca Hock
    Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I won a copy of this book from GoodReads. It is not the type of book that I normally read. I read a lot of mysteries and I do not read a lot of American authors. But that being said I did quite enjoy this book. I liked the characters and I enjoyed the story of the two woman who met and managed to find so much in common that they forged a deep friendship. The one word I think of when I think of this book is "charming." And in a good way. I am not a gardener but the book inspired me to do a bit of ...more
    Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book gripped me right from the beginning. The descriptions of the flowers for each season, the gardens, and the scents made me feel like I was living on Lake Michigan. Right from the beginning of the book I was rooting for the Iris, Abby, Cory, and Lily to help each other overcome the past and become a "family". I especially liked the relationship between Iris and Lily! This is a wonderful story of love and support! I highly recommend this book.

    Thank you to #netgalley for providing me with
    Julie Barrett
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman
    Book starts with authors praise from other works.
    Starts out with Iris and she has a victory garden as to so many during the war. It was the only way to get food, rest had to go to the soldier fighting the war.
    There is so much you will walk away with after reading this book. Iris raised the victory garden for the town and needs to get over her anxiety and has no resting place for her spouse, Abby needs encouragement to be strong to do the things she needs to
    Jessica Call
    Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was lucky enough to win a advanced copy of this book here on Goodreads.

    This is my first book by Viola Shipman and its absolutely beautiful. I loved every word and every page. It takes you back in time through one womans life and experience then forward to another. I definitely feel like it was a powerfully emotional story that was written extremely well and pulls at your heart strings. It touched my heart and will forever be one of my favorite books ever! Im gonna lend it to my 90 year old
    *** I received an ARC of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ***
    I absolutely love this book. It is so well written and easy to connect with. I loved the descriptions of Iris' gardens, heirloom flowers, and cottage on the lake. It is a story of history, family, healing, and friendship between a little girl and an old woman. I was presently surprised to find that this book takes place in Grand Haven, MI along the shore of Lake Michigan. I have never read anything by this
    Doris Dean
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was one happy person when I received an early copy of The Heirloom Garden, By Viola Shipman. It has given me so much hope in this crazy time! Being at home alone with my sweet dog curled up by my side I have been reading away. The Heirloom Garden is all about Hope! Its about growing a beautiful garden, but also growing as a person and growing an extended family. I could visualize every scene in this book and it made me long to be outside on a warm summer day! Outside in my garden, tending to ...more
    Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received an ARC from Net Galley. I absolutely love this story. Every chapter focuses on a flower. Great background information on each flower. The story will tug at your heartstrings. I look forward to holding my preordered book in my hands in April. It is my book clubs pick for July. Viola Shipman know how to use language to evoke feelings. I love the whole series of stories connecting families through generations.
    Patty Edwards
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Heirloom Garden is by far may favorite Viola Shipman novel so far!! I am an avid gardener and soooo loved the book. The description of the gardens and flowers. The love that went into this book I can just feel. I fell in live with each character. I am a huge gardener, and Iris in many ways reminds me of myself. I loved watching her journey blossom page by page!
    Add this book to your must read list!!!!!!
    Peggy Sheppard
    Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I anticipated this book and was thrilled to receive an ARC. My love of flowers, my grandmother and the works of Viola Shipman made this an unforgettable experience. I truly loved the story of Iris and Lily and as always, my heart was touched by the characters and sense of place. Another wonderful book by a gifted author whose books just get better and better!
    Janilyn Kocher
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Heirloom Garden is a touching story. One stems from WWII while the other is in 2003. I liked all the flowers spoke about in the garden. Peonies and hydrangeas are two of my favorites. The writing wa solid and fluid, there was a lot of character development. It's a good read. Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Graydon House Publishing for the early read.
    Sue Barnes
    Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book is what I needed right now, filled with beauty, struggles, family and good wisdom.
    Loved that Viola quoted one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias!
    Thank you Viola. You books make me so happy to live here in the Mitten State.
    Antoinette Dunn
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received an arc from net galley and it is a wonderful read. I don't garden but this story makes me want to try. But it's also so much, hope, loneliness and the will to survive. I felt like I was in Michigan in the middle of Iris' garden. Highly recommend this book.
    Bonnye Reed
    Feb 19, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    pub date April 28, 2020
    Harlequin - Graydon House
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Loved this book! I am a huge gardener and the descriptions were spot on! I won't give anything away, but even if you are not a person that likes gardening this book will make you want to start!
    Feb 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Voila Shipman is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy her books, and recommend them to my friends.
    + Dragonfly+
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Have loved any book so far from this author and happy to say loved this one too. A touching story and heartwarming story.
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    Dear Reader:

    Does your garden tell a story? Mine does. And its the inspiration behind my new novel, The Heirloom Garden, which explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose and flowers.

    My grandma was a grand gardener, and many of her original flowers (like her perfumed peonies!) now live in my garden. Each has a

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