This sweet story of two people connecting in spite of every unlikely circumstance makes this a book which creates a brief "time out" of real life and a peek through the fence into a wonderful garden. If you demand realism and you can't suspend disbelief for a couple of restful hours, this book isn't for you. If you love gardening and understand how it restores the spirit, then this is a must-read. The author, E.L.Swann is an award winning children's author, which may account for why the writing in this "for adults" short novel flows so easily and clearly. This book is a little jewel which will give you a couple of restful hours out of time.
This was a very sweet book and I enjoyed it very much, even though I was hoping for different ending.
This is beautiful story of second chances. Maggie Flaherty Welles is a vibrant, sparkling Irish-American widow whose feisty, determined spirit is matched only by her love of life. As Maggie recovers from a life-threatening illness, her beloved garden - now thrown into disrepair with the passing of time - soon restores her passion, bringing with it the promise of romance. This is a novel for gownups, for readers who care about the English language, who hunger for a story about people we come to know - a little - and care about - a lot - and miss when we finish the book and return, hugely enriched, to our various realities. This a great romance of a novel!
I absolutely loved this book. If you are an older woman and think that love and passion are over with.....think again! Such a wonderful book for those who love gardening as I do.
This is an excellent romance story passed on to me by my mom. Although I'm not generally into romances, I'll read one that's been recommended to me, but I rarely keep one for my collection. This one's a little different in that the main characters are in their 60's. I can't say too much more without posting spoilers, but the blurb says: "their romance gives proof to the restorative powers of love." Sweet, but not too sweet!
I loved this book. Great romance of an older couple.
I loved this book. An older stroke-impaired woman asserts her independence from interfering adult children, reclaims an overgrown garden, and finds love.
A sweet tale of the healing powers of love. A romance grows between two 60-somethings -- one a stroke-victim, as they garden together. Both had had unsuccessful marriages previously; one ending in divorce between two people who should never have married and the other ending with the death of an alcoholic partner after decades of unhappiness.
Well written, with lots of allegories involving plants -- a gardener's delight. Highly entertaining -- could not put it down and I read this in one sitting.
"A great romance of a novel" -- Los Angeles Times
"A radiant tale of second chances" -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A novel for grownups, for readers who care about the English language, who hunger for a story about people we come to know -- a little -- and care about -- a lot -- and miss when we finish the book and return, hugely enriched, to our various realities," -- Alexandra Ripley, author of "Scarlett"
From front cover
A timeless tale of love and healing that proves it is never too late for romance.
Within the shadows of night, in a grand old city, in a graceful neighborhood, there was a garden where lives would be changed and hopes renewed and two hearts forever restored.
Maggie Flaherty Welles is a vibrant, sparkling, Irish-American widow whose feisty, determined spirit is matched only by the lover of her life. While she is recovering from a life-threatening illness, Maggie's passion lies in her beloved garden, now thrown into disrepair with the passing of time.
When Maggie meets Tristan Mallory, the handsome landscape architect remodeling the garden next door, they begin a friendship that transforms them both, blossoming along with the exotic flowers in Maggie's garden that Tristan secretly tends to by the light of the moon. Brought together by a shared passion, Maggie and Tristan discover the sensuous pleasures of a relationship neither one had ever dared to imagine. Their romance gives proof to the restorative powers of love.
Set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "Night Gardening" is an enchanting journey into a real and metaphorical garden. It is a story of love and healing that celebrates passion in all it forms in such a way that it will touch your heart and linger at the edge of your dreams.
"Within the shadows of night, in a grand old city, in a graceful neighborhood, there was a garden where lives would be changed and hopes renewed and two hearts forever restored."
Read the magical story of Maggie Flaherty Welles, a widow, and Tristan Mallory, a landscape architect remodeling the garden next door.
A story of love and healing.
A charming story as the relationship unfolds and the possibilities that can enliven a person's spirit unfold. A memorable tale and one worth a reader's time.