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    A love story about grief, OCD, and dirt

    Tilly Silverberg is rebuilding her life with her young son, Isaac, one potted-up plant at a time. Since her husband’s death, gardening has become her livelihood and her salvation. Hiding out in the North Carolina forest, she wants only to be left alone with Isaac and her greenhouse. 

    New to the area, successful software developer James Nealy needs a garden. On a solitary mission to reclaim his life from irrational obsessions and relentless compulsions, he has a plan: to conquer his greatest fear. Dirt. One glimpse - or two - of Tilly’s garden, and he knows she holds the key. But when he asks her to take him on as a client, she refuses. 

    After a family emergency pulls Tilly and Isaac back to her native England, she’s quietly happy, because nothing has changed in her childhood village. Or has it? Her first love is unexpectedly single, her mother is scheming, and her best friend is keeping secrets. Then James appears on her doorstep. 

    Tenuous at first, but gradually taking root, James and Tilly forge an unlikely bond. As they work together to rescue a garden choked by neglect, they unearth each other’s secrets, each other’s fears, each other’s hopes - and maybe, a shared second chance.  

    ©2012 Barbara Claypole White (P)2019 Spoken Realms

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    • Catherine
    • 15/05/2021

    Amazing.

    Well written, fully developed characters with in a story unlike anything I have ever heard before. The closest comparison I can think of would be “The Language of Flowers.”

    Spending time with the character of James was very instructive. I realized that my assumptions/preconceptions of OCD were framed to allow me to remain in my comfort zone. Looking at the world through James’ eyes has led me to challenge the notion that it is always necessary that I remain comfortable.

    Good book. Really good book.

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    • AWS
    • 02/09/2019

    A decent read

    Enough to keep me going for the finish, but it left me feeling ready to leave it behind. It does have the makings of a decent YA read, but not quite mature enough for other populations. The topics that were covered (grief, mental health, self acceptance, acceptance, a bit of travel) should have been enough to leave the reader in deep thought. But, nope. Kind of glad it's over.

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    • PowderRiverRose
    • 09/05/2021

    Love this

    Excellent narration. A modern day story of love and devastating health struggles laid bare but with the sound and feel of classic English literature. Just like many of those classics there are moments that drag or twist one in knots while you think of smacking the characters upside the head however keep listening and you will be happy you did. Enjoy

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    • SAdamucci
    • 10/11/2021

    Sappy Romance

    I found the narrators unbearable at times. The story was dated and sappy towards the end. it ended up being a canned romance- not very imaginative.

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    • TreasureHunter
    • 02/11/2021

    Outstanding!

    Completely enjoyable story and narration! Addressed many worthy topics. Wonderful settings, characters and plot development.

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    • James and Shelly
    • 29/08/2021

    Pretty cute, pretty depressing story

    I learned a lot about OCD, so that was cool. I also remember how when someone dies, they’re all of a sudden put on a pedestal- they are remembered for all the wonderful and fun things they did and their character flaws are minimized or forgotten. Makes it pretty hard for anyone else to come in and fill the void in the hearts that the dead left empty.
    The way the narrators made James sound was completely off… the woman made him sound mentally slow, but the man made him sound like he was just the opposite. Almost like they were 2 completely different people. I much preferred the male narrator’s interpretation, since that’s how the OCD and his personality seemed to make him think- fast, organized, direct, determined.

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    • LaurenAM
    • 22/06/2021

    Loved it!

    I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Got it on a whim because I had some credits built up but it was a great listen!

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    • Cassy Workman
    • 22/06/2021

    Ok story line, differently twist but profanity unnecessary

    Interesting twist of personalities but average story and would have been much better without profanity, this detracts from the writers professionalism and character.

    Gave it a 3 but 2.5 with cussing. Why is that necessary? It’s NOT! Can

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    • Me
    • 15/06/2021

    Story never took off

    Kept waiting for the story to take off, never did. Felt like the main character was OCD instead of the actual characters.

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    • Brittany Smith
    • 26/05/2021

    I really liked it.

    Nice and sweet book to listen to. I liked the easy listening story. I was hooked and had to listen to it every chance I had.