Heirloom Garden
by Shipman, Viola

Moving to Grand Haven with her traumatized veteran husband, Abby bonds with her reclusive next-door neighbor over a shared love of flowers that they cultivate together, discovering hope and healing along the way. 10,000 first printing.

Loss, grief, and gardening unite two women in Shipman's (The Recipe Box, 2018) heartwarming novel. In 2003, Abby Peterson relocates to Grand Haven, Michigan, with her husband Corie, an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, and her young daughter, Lily. They rent a house next door to Iris Maynard, an elderly woman who has shut herself off from the world after the deaths of her husband in WWII and her daughter from polio. When Lily discovers Iris' magnificent heirloom garden behind the towering fence, Iris is drawn into Abby's problems. Abby is being harassed at her engineering job, and she is struggling with her traumatized husband while trying to make a stable home for Lily. As Abby gets to know Iris, the two women help each other to overcome their fears through their love of flowers. The garden also helps Corie and Lily to conquer their problems, and all four rediscover love, friends, and peace. The likable women and the engaging information on flowers will appeal to readers of Rhys Bowen's The Victory Garden (2019) and fans of Mary Alice Monroe and Lorna Landvik. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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