The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White, with its overturned flower pots on the cover and the slight appearance of imperfections, first called my name with the title. Lately, garden-themed novels have been delivering beautifully crafted tales of emotional growth and romantic love - at least the ones I've read have. White's novel didn't immediately grab me, but by the first couple of chapters, the tale of broken-hearted widow Tilly and the man, James, she's trying so hard to avoid, began to take root. By the time Tilly jetted off to England to take care of her mother and her mother's garden, the story had fully blossomed into tale of human foibles and perserverence, served with a side of British-isms and flower-related details. It's a perfect story to say goodbye to summer to.
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