Thursday, August 25, 2011
The First Gardner
Jeremiah Williams has been tending the gardens of the Tennessee governor’s mansion for over twenty-five years. And like most first families who have come and gone, this one has stolen his heart.
Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, have struggled for ten years to have a child and are now enjoying a sweet season of life—anticipating the coming reelection and sending their precious daughter, Maddie, off to kindergarten—when a tragedy tears their world apart. As the entire state mourns, Mackenzie falls into a grief that threatens to swallow her whole.
Though his heart is also broken, Jeremiah realizes that his gift of gardening is about far more than pulling weeds and planting flowers. It’s about tending hearts as well. As he uses the tools that have been placed in his hands, he gently begins to cultivate the hard soil of Mackenzie’s heart, hoping to help her realize what it took him years to discover.
A Southern tale of loss, love, and living, The First Gardner reminds us that all of life is a gift, but our heart is the most valuable gift of all.
Denise Hildreth Jones has crafted a mesmerizing story of love, loss and finding your way through pain.
With an amusing cast of characters who jump off the page and into your life, you feel like you are a part of the story.
This was not a book that I couldn't put down and read all at once, it was a book that needed to be read slowly and savored.
We are treated to points of view of Mack, Gray, Mack's mother Eugenia as well as Jeremiah.
You'll laugh, you'll cry and maybe you'll learn something. I know I did.
My copy was graciously provided by Tyndale Media.