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“In this profoundly moving memoir, Owita teaches Wall how to find grace amid heartbreak and to accept that beauty exists because it is fleeting—as in her garden, as in life.” —People, 4 stars
“A perfect spring awakening.” —Good Housekeeping
“With her children grown and out of the house, Carol Wall is obsessed—perhaps overly so—with ripping out her azaleas. That is, until she meets a certain Giles Owita, Kenyan gardener, supermarket bagger, general-life philosopher and perhaps one of the most refined and gracious characters to ever hit the page (except that he’s real)… A warning for the shy: The basic goodness of Owita’s attitude may cause you to beam spontaneously as you read, leading to off looks from strangers at the coffee shop.” —Oprah.com
"No green thumb is required to enjoy the warmhearted pleasures of Carol Wall's moving memoir, Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening.... magnetically compelling ... Grace and gardening go hand-in-glove in this fine book about what really matters in life: friendship, kindness and watching a garden grow." —USA Today
"A pleasure to read. Wall’s bittersweet story of human kindness has universal appeal." —Kirkus Reviews
"I couldn’t put this book down. I found myself liking the principal characters from the opening pages, and my affection for them never wavered. If you enjoy inspirational memoirs or gardening books (or both), this moving account of a life-changing friendship is for you." —Bookpage
“In this heartbreaking yet heartwarming paean to the joys of friendship and gardening, Wall crafts an elegiac tribute to an extraordinary man.” —Booklist
"A must-read memoir. On the surface, Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall, is a gentle memoir about a friendship between a white woman in Roanoke, Virginia and her gardener from Kenya. But that description fails to capture the book's depth, its sometimes-raw emotions, nor its many surprising twists.... Both shocking and profoundly moving. This book is not just about gardening." —AARP blog
This was an awesome book! It was hard to put it down, once you started reading it. It was very enjoyable.Published 2 days ago by Susan W Beamer
Wonderful story, beautifully written! It's a meaningful, uplifting story!Published 5 days ago by KJ
Such a heartwarming story of two different individuals becoming lifetime friends. I read it in two days. Would highly recommend it. Loved this book!!! Judy LooneyPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book! They taught each other so much about life and ultimately death. This book makes a wonderful gift.
This is a great read!!! This is a very inspiring story and would be a great gift for any reader in your family. You will not be able to put it down!!Published 6 days ago by Jean W.
This book is amazing. You won't be able to put it down. It made me laugh and it made me cry.Published 7 days ago by jo ann calantone
Wonderful heartwarming book. Carol expresses things we all experience in a way that makes one feel a part of the story. She is a great storyteller and this makes a very nice gift!Published 7 days ago by JC