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The Naked Gardener by [Gschwandtner, L B]
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About the Author

LB Gschwandtner: My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I've received awards from the Writer's Digest and the Lorian Hemingway short fiction competitions. I'm an avid kayaker (touring) and grew up fishing in the Florida Keys. Here's a tidbit of interest. My husband proposed on our first and only date and we were married five weeks later.

Contact: LB@TheNovelette.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 2066 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453734864
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WQBD82
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Karen on July 31, 2010
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I LOVED this book. It pulled me in from the first line right through to the end. It's really not just about Katelyn, the naked gardener, but about all women, and the choices they make in their lives. I adored each of the ladies in this book and could relate to each one at some level, and ultimately, I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. The story is sometimes leisurely, sometimes fast and compelling, but always interesting. LB Gschwandtner has proven to me that she's a writer to contend with in the world of women's fiction.
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Even if you have never gardened or haven't a green thumb, this beautifully written book will make you want to begin cultivating your own piece of Eden. I not only loved reading "The Naked Gardener" - great story about six, well-drawn, interesting women - I learned from it. In addition to the superbly created gardening scenes and finely rendered love scenes there are sections in this book where the action - Katelyn and her friends take a river trip in Vermont - is spellbinding and reminds me of Hemingway and John Casey's National Book Award-winning "Spartina". What is refreshing about Katelyn, in addition to her artistic and gardening abilities, is that she is not so self-obsessed, nor are her five friends who find out they are all much stronger than they might have thought when their seemingly serene river trip takes a rather dramatic, frightening turn. This story is, ultimately, about something far grander than ourselves and how the salvation and reconnecting with nature - and the past - can bring us into a meaningful future.
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I loved the earthiness of this book -- not just in the garden of the title,but also in the very real characters struggling with very real issues in a setting that strips away the trappings and technological complexities of modern life. LB Gschwandtner's rich, observant prose brings the book's Vermont setting to life right alongside the core characters, to whom women everywhere will relate on many levels. A must-read for summer!
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In the story, Katelyn Cross moves to Vermont and begins to enjoy her life off the grid. She has a live in boyfriend, Greg Mazur (otherwise known as "Maze"), who has been less than understanding of late. Kate decides to go on a retreat with some friends to brainstorm for a good cause, and it is there that she finds herself and understands what she will need in her life to find true happiness. On the trip, she and her friends bare their secrets to each other, in true best friend pillow talk fashion. The women realize that they really do have a lifelong bond which will never be broken. When they encounter disaster on the trip, the women learn to depend on themselves, each other and the kindness of others to make it back to safety. In the end, Kate resolves her issues and problems and realizes what she has will be better than "good enough" to sustain her throughout the rest of her days on their farm.

The trip is the turn around point in Kate's life. It is as if she had made some tentative decisions before going off, but after she spent time with her pals, she was more confident in her decisions. What I liked about the story is that the ending was not so predictable. I expected Kate to make a decision on whether to keep her old life, or leave it for something better. Kate like most of us, never assumes that other people will change. The reasons for changes in ourselves or in others are always more important because it means the changes will be real and sincere. It is a lot like falling in love. Years later, the best moments are when we remember the exact minute it happened, that we fell in love with someone else, but what we really want to recapture is the exact second we realized it was happening to and for us - we long for the knowledge of the moment of awareness. It is so beautiful when we can experience it, but even more precious when we know it is happening to us, and this is the beauty of this book. I recommend it to readers of any age.
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A delightful read. The Naked Gardener is about Katelyn, a woman who struggles to decide what she wants from her relationship with her lover, Maze, and how she wants to live her life. The book is beautifully written and rich with vivid details that bring the setting and the characters to life. Author L.B. Gschwandtner gives us plenty of backstory on Katelyn, but it's done so skillfully, with bits here and bits there, that the story keeps moving forward as it should.

Katelyn is an artist who lives on a Vermont farm with Maze. Katelyn is acquainted with five women from the nearby village. When the women decide to save the village from a gradual drifting into nothingness, Katelyn suggests a canoe trip on the river to make plans for the town's future. The canoe trip brings the women together in a way none of them could ever have anticipated. By the end of the three days on the river, each of them has changed, Katelyn most of all, though she is the one who most feared change. At the end, perhaps because Katelyn sees herself in a different way and is no longer so closed off, she is able to look at Maze and see a side of him she never noticed. The ending is subtle, but it satisfies.
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This book does have some good sections, but it is mostly full of long-winded, boring descriptions of things irrelevant to the main theme.

I thought it would be more about gardening, but it's not.

The author spends more time talking about ladies doing unbelievable, outlandish things and speaking in cliches.
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