The unfinished Garden

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.

“Claypole White does not merely write about people with mental illness—she inhabits them.” Lee
Smith, New York Times bestseller author

“Claypole White’s gift is her ability to put us into the troubled minds of her characters in a way that
helps us not only understand them but fall in love with them as well. We discover that while their
minds may be different from ours, their hearts are the same.” Diane Chamberlain, New York
Times bestselling author

“A fabulous debut novel, The Unfinished Garden easily earns Romance Junkies’ highest rating of five
blue ribbons and a recommended read status for its unpredictable originality! So good!” Romance

“The Unfinished Garden is a powerful story of friendship and courage in the midst of frightening
circumstances … I highly recommend this wonderful love story.” Bergers’ Book Reviews

“Claypole White … conveys the condition of OCD, and how it creates havoc in one’s life and the lives
of loved ones, with style and grace, never underplaying the seriousness of the disorder.” Romantic

Review The unfinished Garden by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a story full of depth and intense moments!

Tilly and James are such wonderful human beings. I truly loved this Audiobook and with the great voices it was such a treat to listen. You have to know this is not a simple romance story. No, it is a tale about James with his OCD and Tilly, the woman who loves to be alone with her thoughts. One day they met unexpectedly and that changes everything. Now they have to trust another person and will have to start fresh because they can’t forget the other one.

The dialogues between this people are emotional and not always easy, but the author beautifully shares with me how it is to live with this mental illness.
I can’t tell how this book feels, you just have to read or listen it to get the complete atmosphere of this story.
One thing is for sure, if you like to read an intimate slowly build up novel with real people just pick this up and you won’t be disappointed.

Barbara Claypole White

Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy
dose of mental illness. Born in England, she works and gardens in the forests of North Carolina,
where she lives with her family. Her novels include: The Unfinished Garden, which won the Golden
Quill for Best First Book; The In-Between Hour, a SIBA Okra Pick; The Perfect Son, a Goodreads Choice
Awards Semi-finalist; Echoes of Family, a WFWA Star Award Finalist; and The Promise Between Us, a 2018 Nautilus Award winner.

Barbara is an OCD advocate for the nonprofit A2A Alliance, which promotes advocacy over adversity.
To connect with her, please visit her website.




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Titel: The unfinished Garden | Auteur: Barbara Claypole | Uitgeverij: Mira | Categorie: Romans | Uitvoering: E-book (ook verkrijgbaar als luisterboek) | 384 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781408997598 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 24-7-2019 | Prijs E-book : €15,60 | Bestellen