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The Unfinished Garden by [White, Barbara Claypole]
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Length: 254 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A successful software developer, James has thrown himself into a new goal- to finally conquer the noise in his mind. And he has a plan. He'll confront his darkest fears and build something beautiful...a garden. When he meets Tilly Silverberg, he knows she holds the key- even if she doesn't think so.

After her husband's death, gardening became Tilly's livelihood and her salvation. Her thriving North Carolina business and her young son, Isaac, are the excuses she needs to hide from the world. So when oddly attractive, incredibly tenacious James arrives on her doorstep, demanding she take him on as a client, her answer is a flat ‘no'.

When a family emergency lures Tilly back to England, she's secretly glad. With Isaac in tow, she retreats to her childhood village, which has always stayed obligingly the same. Until now. Her best friend is keeping secrets. Her mother is plotting. Her first love is unexpectedly, temptingly available. And then James appears on her doorstep.

Away from home, James and Tilly begin to forge an unlikely bond, tenuous at first but taking root every day. And as they work to build a garden together, something begins to blossom between them- despite all the reasons against it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 September 2012)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WW22PE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I thought it one of the finest works I have enjoyed in a long time-one of those stories that you think about all day until you can get back to it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damaged People Make For A Rich Read 6 December 2013
By Kathleen M. Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
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I was first drawn to Barbara Claypole White’s debut novel by two things: She writes about damaged people, something I can relate to, and it took her years of hard work and dedication to get her novel published by a traditional house, something else I respect as an author who’s been on a similar journey.

What I didn’t expect was to empathize and connect so well with the male protagonist, James Nealy, who suffers from OCD. Although I found Tilly a likeable character – I loved how she views the world through the eyes of a protective mother - I found myself rooting for James over all the other characters in the story. I also appreciated how the author embedded OCD into the narrative without resorting to clinical info dumps about the disorder. This takes great skill and helped keep the story from bogging down.

“The Unfinished Garden” is both entertaining and educational and kept my interest until the end. James and Tilly are the kind of characters that live in your head long after you’ve finished the book. I look forward to reading Ms. White’s second novel, “The In-Between Hour.”

I recommend “The Unfinished Garden” for readers who prefer stories that deal with real life issues and characters who feel like real people.

Kathleen M. Rodgers ~ author of “The Final Salute”
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless and beautifully written 30 June 2014
By Angel - Published on Amazon.com
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I never would have thought that a novel involving something as complicated and specific as OCD could be paired with a brilliant and entertaining storyline, but Barbara Claypole White has managed the impossible. The reason, I think, the story works so well is that Tilly and James, as with all the characters in the novel, are complex and layered in a way that’s effectively seamless. They are both flawed and perfect. They are believable, and we like them.

It’s clear that the author understands the subject of OCD on a deeply personal basis, but she’s able to weave her first-hand knowledge into the plot with dialogue that is consistently excellent, without being heavy-handed or pedantic. Her sharp characterizations, humor and beautiful writing style propel the story forward, keeping us interested until the end, while causing us to perhaps challenge some assumptions we might have made about those suffering with OCD. We cheer louder when they succeed. And we are forever affected. The Unfinished Garden is a wonderful debut novel, and I highly recommend it.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OCD, Love, and Dirt: A great read! 29 August 2012
By CathyD - Published on Amazon.com
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I could not put Barbara Claypole White's The Unfinished Garden down. The characters are compelling and believable---and so deeply, lovably flawed that I found myself wondering how they would get out of the traps their own lives and their minds and their experiences set them in order to find one another and find themselves. Well, I don't want to give anything away, but a trowel is mightier than the sword, it turns out. The trans-Atlantic story is so compelling, making the English countryside and the North Carolina forests equally appealing, formidable, and inviting. The depictions of OCD were spot on but, well beyond the diagnosis, was the real appreciation of what you gain from this condition, as much as what you lose. In fact, the whole novel turns loss into love in a way that is entirely compelling. The language, artistry, plot, and insights into human nature (plus humor in the right doses, just when you need it) make this a book you cannot put down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I loved other books by this author 26 July 2015
By Dannypat - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved other books by this author, so I assumed I would enjoy this one, as well. Wrong! I couldn't stand the main character. She was totally wrapped up in herself. She supposedly flew to England to help her mother who had broken a leg, yet there is not one scene in this book where she shows her mother any concern or gives her any help. Her mother merely serves as a convenient babysitter. The main character gives no thought to anyone's feelings but her own - not her mother, her ex boyfriend, or even her best friend. It's all about what she wants from everyone. When she leaves to go back home, we don't even know if her mother ever got her cast removed. This novel reads like a harlequin romance. Not for me
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe this was her first novel! SO good. 16 July 2015
By I. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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Believe it or not, this is a book for men and women. Ms. White know how to paint a story with her words and it shows in everything she's written. It's astounding to me that Garden was her first novel. Kudos to you! So read The Unfinished Garden, but make sure you also read The Perfect Son ..... SOOOOOOO good! And I'm just now starting The In-Between Hour.

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