The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

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Read The Garden of Small Beginnings Online Free - Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years—ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed.

At least her textbook illustrating job has some perks—like actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there’s that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can’t be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity.

After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles Botanical Garden feeling out of her element. But what she’ll soon discover—with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners—is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not…

Title : The Garden of Small Beginnings
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ISBN : 0399583580
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Pouting rated it ★★★☆☆

June 05, 2017

Lilian is a single mother of two and an illustrator at Poplar Press. After Dan, her husband, died in a car accident Lilian had a breakdown and eventually had to be hospitalized. Through out her sister Rachel stepped in and helped until Lilian was able to start taking care of herself and her two g...

Elyse rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 26, 2017

I thought this book was ghastly awful!!! Honestly... I thought I was going to die if I kept reading ..... For the little longest time I tried to be 'good'... 'kind' ....a compassionate reader. After awhile -- I was either rolling my eyes --or laughing uncontrollably, "thinking how does anyone read...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

June 29, 2017

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman is a 2017 Berkley publication. I admit I started reading this book with a certain mindset. I was thinking contemporary fiction, maybe some romance, maybe not, with 'mature' adult characters, and I was right about that much, but whatever else I might h...

Fran rated it ★★★★★

April 01, 2017

Widowhood was thrust upon Lili Girvan in the blink of an eye when husband Dan died in an auto accident. Lili lost her grip on life and was hospitalized for several months. Rachel, her younger sister, was able to step in and has continued to encourage and help Lili with the challenges of raising A...

Suzanne rated it ★★★★☆

May 13, 2017

Lilian Girvan is thirty-nine and has been widowed for four years with two young girls. She has a strong bond with her unmarried sister Rachel who provided care and support for her children while she was recovering from a breakdown. Her life starts trending in a positive direction and she continue...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

February 21, 2017

I simply adored this book from the first sentence. I honestly can't say I've ever read a book where I laughed hysterically and cried all on the same page. Lovely, insightful writing and an unforgettable story and characters. Highly recommend.

Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2017

It isn't often anymore that I connect so well with the characters of a story that they truly not only seem like friends and family, but that I'm so sad when it is over because it means that I will never see them again. It is also rare that I stay up late into the night reading because I love the...

Kathryn rated it ★★★★☆

June 09, 2017

4.5 stars. Witty and insightful. Wonderful group of characters. Two sisters, well two sets of sisters who made me laugh and at times sad. A group of people who come together around a gardening project and form a what I think will be lasting friendships. Tons of good hints about gardening.

Christy rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2017

This book deserves a lot of hype! On the surface, it seems like it would be depressing. Lilian is a widow with two young daughters. She suffered a major breakdown after her husband died and still struggles with it three years later. And she's just been laid off. Total country song material, right?...

♥Rachel♥ rated it ★★★★☆

July 18, 2017

After getting a recommendation from Heidi, our long time bloggy friend from Rainy Day Ramblings, I knew I had to pick up The Garden of Small Beginnings. I’m so happy I did because it was charming, fun, and full of laugh-out-loud humor! Lilian lost her husband in a tragic accident four years ago, a...

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