Always Green is the second book in the Garden Gates trilogy. Although it can stand alone, as a novel, the reader will have a better understanding of the characters and their behavior, if you have read the first book, Like a Watered Garden. The author has done an excellent job of building her characters into multidimensional people, who are realistic and easy to relate to. In this book, we see Mibby growing spiritually, emotionally, and maternally. I find this aspect of the story very satisfying. As a young teen, Ky, is my favorite character. His immature actions are somewhat balanced by his good nature.
I really enjoy the humor that the author incorporates into so many scenes. It takes the edge off of some heart-rending and awkward situations. Yes, there is some sadness scattered along the journey. There are also some laugh-out-loud lines!
Always Green is a book about relationships of many kinds. The book is filled with quirky and interesting characters. It's about everyday life and how people cope with the myriad situations in which they find themselves. It is a good read.