The Heirloom Garden

Viola Shipman (Author)
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Description

In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose...and flowers

Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind the towering fence surrounding her home, Iris has built a new family...of flowers. Iris propagates her own daylilies and roses while tending to a garden filled with the heirloom starts that keep the memories of her loved ones alive.

When Abby Peterson moves next door with her family--a husband traumatized by his service in the Iraq War and a young daughter searching for stability--Iris is reluctantly yet inevitably drawn into her boisterous neighbor's life, where, united by loss and a love of flowers, she and Abby tentatively unearth their secrets, and help each other discover how much life they have yet to live.

With delightful illustrations and fascinating detail, Viola Shipman's heartwarming story will charm readers while resonating with issues that are so relevant today.

Product Details

Price
$27.99  $25.19
Publisher
Graydon House
Publish Date
April 28, 2020
Pages
416
Dimensions
6.3 X 1.3 X 9.2 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781525804649

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About the Author

Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. Rouse divides his time between Michigan and California, writes regularly for People and Coastal Living and is a contributor to All Things Considered. He is the bestselling author of The Charm Bracelet, The Hope Chest and The Recipe Box.

www.ViolaShipman.com

Reviews

"The emotional scars left by war unite two women, generations apart, in Shipman's sentimental family saga...Shipman's tale successfully captures these women's resilience and their hopeful desire for new beginnings."--Publishers Weekly

"The likable women and the engaging information on flowers will appeal to readers of Rhys Bowen's The Victory Garden (2019) and fans of Mary Alice Monroe and Lorna Landvik." --Booklist

"Shipman patiently and gently unearths the deeply flawed characters' sorrows and reveals the delicate buds of happiness that eventually blossom." --BookPage