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The Naked Gardener

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  56 reviews
In a remote forest of northern Vermont, Katelyn Cross takes five women on a wilderness canoe trip where they hope to come up with ideas for saving their dying town. Although the river is not always what it seems and the women have not left their problems behind, a painting ritual creates a new way to look at the world - and themselves. Artist Katelyn Cross loves Greg Mazur ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 20th 2010)
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May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
"What you feel is your own to tend. No one can share it. No one can endure it for you. No one can inhabit your world but you."

Katelyn loves Maze, he loves her, there is no denying that. Maze wants to get married but Katelyn has had her heart broken before and likes things just the way they are. They have recently brought a farm in Vermont and spend time there each summer.

Katelyn has made a friend and a few acquaintances. They meet up one day and decide to take a trip. A canoe trip down the local
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Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Reviewed by Amie Lou
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Six women, three days, and one river. When I first read the blurb, I was afraid I was about to read Deliverance with women.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Naked Gardener is the story of six women of varying ages, walks of life, and personalities coming into themselves. It’s a poignant story of discovery, self-acceptance, and understanding.
Katelyn had always wanted to canoe down the Trout River, more specifically the Trout River Falls.

And when the w
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Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved the naked Gardner. The characters are believable and very full. The story floated along just like the river. It is very relatable to real life. All the adversities and concerns of the woman are all things that we all face daily. The bond that comes about on their canoe trip is what every woman wished for from friendship. All six of them are very different in their styles. Yet they mesh well together, Katelyn and the others learn things about themselves that they never realized before Eac ...more
Kim Wright
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Naked Gardener is a fast, fun read and the main character, Katelyn, is extremely appealing and easy to relate to. She isn't sure if she wants to marry her longtime boyfriend Maze because she knows all too well what marriage can lead to in terms of losing her freedom and identity. But you have to move forward eventually, right? Especially if part of you craves marriage and motherhood. The author takes a classic female dilemma - freedom vs. love and family and rounds out the story with a cast ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Refreshing, but body paint?
Hope Kotsonas
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Maybe it's the stages of life as a woman and where I'm at in it but I found this story to be so true of the way I think and look at life. It has been a boost to my self esteem and now I'm ready for adventure and discovery.
Melissa Calvanico Pollio
A light adventure read

A little adventure, a little romance,a quick read. I will look for the sequel. A chick read for sure. Thumb up
Bill Mock
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grab your body paints and read this book. Gardening, canoeing, and nakedness, what more could you want!!?
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mecheles-reviews

The Naked Gardner

By: L B Gschwandtner

In a remote forest of northern Vermont, Katelyn Cross takes five women on a wilderness canoe trip where they hope to come up with ideas for saving their dying town. Although the river is not always what it seems and the women have not left their problems behind, a painting ritual creates a new way to look at the world – and themselves. Artist Katelyn Cross loves Greg Mazur and he loves her. He wants to be married but a previous relationship that wen
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Naked Gardener by L. B. Gschwandtner is a thoroughly enjoyable read. It tells the story of a group of women who have all arrived at a crossroad in their lives, where they have to make difficult decisions, which require courage and a leap of faith. Katelyn, the main character, needs to deal with her fear of commitment to a man she loves. Another woman is faced with a possible life-threatening illness, a third has to decide if her marriage is still worth the effort, one woman is torn between h ...more
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting tale about life and love and women and relationships, an unexpectedly appealing story with great characters. The story revolves around Katelyn, an artist trying hard to maintain her distance from her live-in lover Maze. As she works through the reasons why she feels the way she feels, she finds herself leading a group of inexperienced paddlers on a canoe trip through the wilderness. Each of these women has a problem and of course the trip becomes a bonding experience that ...more
Aug 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Stridently feminist, this novel annoyed me with its stock characters: the woman undecided about marriage because she might turn into a "wife"' the woman who has just found out she is pregnant, the botaxed social climber whose husband is having an affair, a young Christian who has never dated, the "fat" woman who discovers her true beauty. It's not that the message is bad, but it's presented in such a heavy-handed way that it put me off. There is no subtlety to this story. Of course they would al ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A truly entertaining and intelligently written analysis of the dilemma of the "modern woman," the classic freedom vs. commitment debate. Choosing love and commitment often seems to be paired along with the loss of one's identity and the freedom to live as one chooses with no responsibilities nor ties to anyone or anything. The author flawlessly juxtaposes the struggle the main character faces in her personal life with the unpredictable wildness of nature itself - the river, calm one minute yet w ...more
Janet Leszl
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a woman grappling with decisions about her future.

Katelyn’s an artist in a living with a widower college professor in Virginia. He says he’s ready for marriage. She resists, fearing she’ll lose herself in the traditional role of a wife. They summer every year in Vermont on a farm in with dilapidated buildings they’re renovating. Nearby the town of Trout River Falls is in danger of disappearing. On the spur of the moment, she organizes a canoe trip with the wom
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
I really liked this book.

The heroine enjoys gardening in the nude. Not even her lover knows about her habit, but losing her clothes and getting in touch with the earth is satisfying to Katelyn. Especially when she's so insecure in her relationship with Maze.

When Katelyn suggests a canoe trip to five other women with their own problems, she doesn't intend it to be a catalyst for change, only for reflection. But as they make their way back to civilization each woman changes, Katelyn most of all. T
Ann Garvin
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women, you gotta love 'em. L B Gschwandtner clearly loves her women characters and though The Naked Gardner, we fall in love as well. When women are faced with a problem in the community they become a community of problem solvers. They do it with grace, beauty, and support. This book is filled with complex women solving modern problems using the typical tools of women-hood: relationship building, communication, logical thinking, and good old fashioned elbow grease. If that weren't enough L B Gsc ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
A strange, but totally engaging read. Brilliantly written, thoughtful, funny, and even thrilling! Six women in three canoes on a river - never thought I'd love an action-type story, but it's much more than just that. Katelyn is a quirky and endearing narrator, and her relationship (and troubles) with Maze was wholly relatable. I enjoyed this adventure with her to self-discovery.

The only thing that didn't sit well with me was how all these women would believably, and so eagerly, without much hesi
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. It pulled me in from the first line right through to the end. It's really not just about Katelyn, the naked gardener, but about all women, and the choices they make in their lives. I adored each of the ladies in this book and could relate to each one at some level, and ultimately, I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. The story is sometimes leisurely, sometimes fast and compelling, but always interesting. LB Gschwandtner has proven to me that she's a writer to contend with ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I disagree with the low star ratings of this book. I can see how this would not appeal to everyone, but personally, I thought it was an example of literary prowess and intelligent writing. I liked the way the story unfolded and thought the author did a good job of giving the reader a view of the inner workings of the mind of the main character. I thought this was an easy read from the beginning that kept me turning pages. In the end, I was glad that I read it and would encourage others to do so ...more
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads-won

Mar. 2016. Re reading

Nov. 2010. The Naked Gardner is a refreshing and thought provoking read. Each of the 6 women gets to challenge themselves and reflect on their lives during a 3 day canoe trip. The author put into words ideas that were lurking at the fringes of my consciousness but were never fully formed. I find myself reflecting on the book often and wishing it was spring and the garden was alive instead of November and the garden is put to bed.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: general
I won an early copy of this book from goodreads a while back (totally forgot to post my review because I read it while travelling). I actually quite liked it, it was nothing that I would ever have picked up on my own but sometimes those books are the best. One's given to you and told to read (or forced to read like some classes I've been in).

The characters were multidimensional and I cared about what happened to them.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fast read that immerses you in the lives of several women in a small town in Vermont. it was neat that the women were of all different age groups but still had some of the same struggles and some unique to their to their age.

I love the freedom and liberation that Katelyn feels as she goes to her garden naked. And there was a lot of symbolism with the rocks.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to be totally engrossed in a good book.
Susan O'Neill-Wood
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Naked Gardener was my favorite book in a long time. It is a book about women and trust and change and empowerment. There isn't one character in the core group of women that I couldn't relate to in one way or another. This includes the elderly Ms. Ward.

LB Gschwandtner has an amazing way with words. I experienced every flower, every bend in the river and each emotion that the women felt on their.adventure.
Oct 20, 2010 rated it liked it
This was an easy and sweet read. I liked the women and I think delving any deeper into their issues/problems would have made the book too long and too dark. However, I wish I could have understood what really effed up Katelyn that she was so scared of committing to such a great guy besides people changing overtime. I would like to see Katelyn's garden for sure. :)
Judi Coltman
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
L.B. Gschwandtner writes authentic, clean prose that convey the story as well as the feelings of women who decided to embark on a life altering adventure. The gardening theme encompasses not only vegetables and herbs, but friendship and personal growth as well. They best part is that Gschwandtner does all of this without pretense or false depth and a little bit of humor to boot.
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm the person who won Naked Gardner but that does not affect my judgement of the book. Katelyn is extremely appealing and easy to relate to which is something not often found in a female protagonists these days. This novel is a well written fun read. Katelyn faces the problem many women do stability vs freedom and predictability vs adventure.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very unusual book called The Naked Gardner. The story is a fast read, but one that makes you think about your own "life choices".

The main character interacts with five friends at her Vermont summer home. All have some issues unknown to the others that become shared on a challenging trip in canoes down a roaring river.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a free book fro Goodreads First Reads. Overall this was a good story. The female character has some issues. She goes rafting down the river with friends, she reflects. I don't know, there are many things I have issues with this book. You should read it for yourself. Going rafting with basically no experience and gardening in daylight naked-you decide.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book that you just love to read. It tackles issues that modern women face and helps show a way to "walk the line" as the saying goes. I think that all women would benefit in the reading of this book and I daresay that all men might get a little insight into why we can not understand the opposite sex as well as we pretend to.
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