The affair between Tristan and Maggie rejuvenates both of them, and Maggie's neglected garden thrives. Night Gardening is a story about the healing power of love, but it's also a romantic tale about passion blooming in life's later years.
©1999 E.L. Swann; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Enjoyable musings on romantic love at the edge of old age, especially if you also love gardens, so that the frequent descriptions of seasonal beauties of plants, flowers, and landscape architecture, which are essential to the meaning of the book, will come alive in your mind. However, if you're looking for an action-filled plot or wild, nubile sex, this isn't the one for you. Small quibbles with the artistry: the book does seem a bit short, and not as vivid as I might have hoped. But to be fair, the book does just what a novel should do: tell a specific story and then stop. The story is simply a small one, a tiny slice of a particular kind of life at a particular time in life. It seems clear that the author loves nature; and indeed when I looked up her other works, they are mainly books for children and the plots rely on some aspect of nature. The fact that she usually writes for kids helped me understand her rather gentle approach. Narrator is fine.
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