This is the first book in the series by Julie Cannon. We meet the main character, Imogene, as she has just lost her husband of 48 years. Imogene lives with her adopted daughters, Lou, who is her niece and another girl named Jeanette who is 16 and a handful. As Imogene tries to get past her loss she is given the advice by her friends that what she needs is to find another husband. This advice hurts Lou who feels that Imogene should still be in mourning. When Imogene goes and gets a makeover, that really upsets Lou who finds solace with her dog and at the riverbank. Meanwhile, Jeannette seems to be acting too secretive and touchy but Imogene writes it off as Jeanette just being a teenager coupled with losing her Dad to whom she was closer than Imogene.
Eventually after some crazy dates with potential husbands, Imogene finally returns to her other true love, the garden. Here she can put all her energy and feelings into the soil and watch the wonderful transformation of the things that grow, especially her beloved tomatoes.
This was a very entertaining read and had me laughing out loud at times. I recommend this to those who enjoy Fannie Flagg.
I loved this book. It was so easy to relate to each of the main characters regardless of their ages. That's what I call good writing. When Imo's husband died her grief and the length of time she went through the mourning process was so real. Not to be missed! Also, be sure to read the sequel.
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This was an extremely cute book. By cute, I mean it just felt "homey" to me. The author's descriptions were great, I loved her characters and it was easy to reminisce about my own grandparents and the attachment that they felt to their garden...... how it told you a lot about life itself. I highly recommend this novel!
Lovely story of a widow raising two daughters -- neither hers by birth. The garden is her strength when she is lonely and when her "manhunting" plans don't work out. A supporting cast of friends and several developing situations keep it interesting. Especially good for those who like Southern traditions and manners.
I was looking for something to read one night because I was having trouble sleeping and very soon it was not a problem, I fell right to sleep after about 10 pages. The next day I skipped ahead to see if it gets any better and was no more impressed. I thought it was a slow read.