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The Garden of Happy Endings: A Novel | [Barbara O'Neal]

The Garden of Happy Endings: A Novel

In Barbara O’Neal’s novel of hope and renewal, two very different sisters discover that life is like a garden: Tend to it daily, nourish it with patience and optimism, and then watch the beauty unfold. After tragedy shatters her small community in Seattle, the Reverend Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith. Returning to her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, she seeks work in a local soup kitchen. Preparing nourishing meals for folks in need, she keeps her hands busy while her heart searches for understanding. Meanwhile, her sister, Tamsin, as colorful as Elsa is unadorned and steadfast, finds her perfect life shattered when she learns that her husband is a criminal.
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In Barbara O’Neal’s novel of hope and renewal, two very different sisters discover that life is like a garden: Tend to it daily, nourish it with patience and optimism, and then watch the beauty unfold.

After tragedy shatters her small community in Seattle, the Reverend Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith. Returning to her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, she seeks work in a local soup kitchen. Preparing nourishing meals for folks in need, she keeps her hands busy while her heart searches for understanding.

Meanwhile, her sister, Tamsin, as pretty and colorful as Elsa is unadorned and steadfast, finds her perfect life shattered when she learns that her financier husband is a criminal. Enduring shock and humiliation as her beautiful house and possessions are seized, the woman who had everything now has nothing but the clothes on her back.

But when the going gets tough, the tough get growing. A community garden in the poorest, roughest part of town becomes a lifeline. Creating a place of hope and sustenance opens Elsa and Tamsin to the renewing power of rich earth, sunshine, and the warm cleansing rain of tears. While Elsa finds her heart blooming in the care of a rugged landscaper, Tamsin discovers the joy of losing herself in the act of giving - and both women discover that with time and care, happy endings flourish.

©2012 Barbara Samuel (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Dina LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 01-28-14
    Dina LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    I really loved the premise of this book and I thought that it could have been a serious exploration of losing faith. But it wasn't. The characters were there, the plot was set, and yet it stayed on the surface, never delving into the philosophy of a spiritual crisis. Barbara O'Neal's writing, especially her realistic dialogue, was very good and the narration by Tanya Eby was spot on. I just feel liked the author missed the opportunity to go deeper.

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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 10-19-14
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 10-19-14 Member Since 2015

    Believer in what you can't see

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    "How helping others bring its own reward"
    If you could sum up The Garden of Happy Endings in three words, what would they be?

    Learning through helping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The boy who was killed and became a ghost and an angel for the field.


    What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Eby's brings the voices to the characters, but O'neal writes story that stand alone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At the end of the story when the gang members attack Elisa and she ends up in the hospital and the angels and saints help her recuperate. I also like the community garden and kitchen and all the positive relationship that come from it.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the garden and recipe stories it seems to me they should fit together some how, but unfortunately they don't.

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