Chicklit Club



The Garden of Small Beginnings - Abbi Waxman (2017)


Four years after the death of her husband, Lilian is still grieving. But she doesn't have much time to mull over her grief with two young daughters, a supportive sister who is always at her house, and a demanding job that now requires her to take a gardening class every Saturday morning. But the gardening class turns out to be a good thing as she meets new friends and possibly a new love.
This is a funny, light and enjoyable novel. I sympathised with Lilian and her grief over her husband's death created the few emotional moments throughout the novel. What I liked most was Lilian's two young daughters, Annabel and Clare, who were funny, very smart, and nothing got past them. (NP) 7/10


The Garden of Small Beginnings, the debut novel by Abbi Waxman, shows that life must really go on. The summary says: "Give grief a chance ...
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..." The Garden of Small Beginnings is out in May 2017.

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