Digging In

A Novel
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,696 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In author Loretta Nyhan’s warm, witty, and wonderful novel, a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over - right in her own backyard.

Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade - and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig.

As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more than a little alarmed. Paige knows nothing about gardening, and she’s boldly flouting neighborhood-association bylaws. But with the help of new friends, a charming local cop, and the transformative power of the soil, Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life. Something big is beginning to take root - both in her garden and in herself.

©2018 Loretta Nyhan (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I'm glad I finished this book.

I almost didn't finish this story. I'm more of a bury-er than a dig it up and deal with it kind of griefer kind of person in some aspects. This book showed me what lightening the baggage can do for your life. I ended up loving it. I could relate to her gardening as it kind of resembles mine.

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Enjoyed the story - BUT ...

I really enjoyed the story line. It would have made a pleasant read. BUT, although the narrator has a lovely "regular" voice, her character switches and accents were uneven and deplorable.

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Great

I actually got this because I am a widow and wondered if it would ring true. It did, and I enjoyed the story line and the friendships and messages of the story.

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good

Not something I usually read. It read like an Hallmark channel show. It spoke of business hardships, life, hardships and healing both. It also had romance in the story as well.

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Narrator voices were annoying - story was ok

The voices of the different characters were really bad - especially the men and the cockney British accent! Otherwise a nice story - not terribly exciting

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Very disappointing

I was driving and wanted a riveting booking to pass the many hours on the road! This was not it!! It was plodding, unrealistic, idealistic and overly romantic, even to someone who is very much a romantic. Characters are single dimension and shallow. I listened for about 12 hours because I had no other choice and no where to download another book. I won't finish

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I am obsessed.

So I stumbled upon this book in first reads and decided eh...why not. Boy was I surprised. I listen to audio books in my car to and from work, and with this book I literally LOL'd CONSTANTLY. People on the road must have thought I was out of my mind.

The story was brilliantly written. The characters were so relatable. The narration was PERFECT and brought everything to life. When it was over I was actually sad...and immediately started looking for more books by the author, and for more books with this same narrator.

READ THIS BOOK. Well...LISTEN to this book. I don't think it's possible to be disappointed, even if this type of read isn't normally your thing.

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Disappointing

The basic storyline was sweet but too simple, predictable and mostly boring. The narration drove me so crazy I almost didn't finish the book. The accents were grating and obnoxious.

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Didn't hold my interest

Very put-downable. Not horrible, but I never felt compelled to go back to it. More than half way through and I'm ready to move on to something else.

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Loved It!

Perfect story for a peaceful fall weekend. Heartwarming lessons of love, friendship, loss and healing. Enjoy!

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  • 01-07-19

Not bad.

Story not bad but I've never heard a worse attempt at a Cockney accent than the one Petra 'tried' to do! It spoilt the audio book for me! It would have been much better NOT to try to speak what must seem like an alien language to anyone but an English person. Only 3 stars for this reason.

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  • 04-18-18

Mary Mary, how does your garden grow

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the fact I enjoyed this book. Nothing like my normal genre i found it was well written and read and was both interesting and enjoyable . No “ crash bang wallop” just a smooth, and in places, humorous story .