To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I read the synopsis for this book.
I’ve read books that have dealt with the grief process, how to books on gardening, and light, entertaining books full of great wit and snarky dialogue. But the thought of all these things put together in a coherent, entertaining format seemed a little far-fetched.
Sometimes an author is also able to take seemingly different topics and produce a truly wonderful piece. This is the case with The Garden of Small Beginnings. Abbi uses the story of Lillian, a young widow of two small children who is working through the grief of witnessing the tragic death of her husband in a car accident, as the seed planted in the premise of learning to grow a garden. She then waters the plot with a healthy amount of wit and humor to produce an amazingly entertaining and thought-provoking story.
Little did I know that when I started reading this book that it would provide inspiration and encouragement for me personally. Shortly after beginning the story my oldest son’s high school teammate and friend was killed suddenly in a car accident. Abbi’s wonderfully, witty lines and clever analogies were the shot of humor and encouragement I needed on more than one occasion as I personally dealt with the shock of this young man’s death and the pain of my friend’s grief over losing her child. I truly believe that I was given this review as a gift from God.
Whether you are dealing with your own grief or just looking for a great story, The Garden of Small Beginnings is worth reading!