The Heirloom Garden
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 ...more
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In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely ...more
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 ...more
Absolutely adore this back to basics read in which we honor those long ago memories we all hold so ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Of course, this novel is more than floral descriptions. Iris is an ...more
Thank you to #netgalley for providing me with ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Add this book to your must read list!!!!!!
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.
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 ...more