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The Unfinished Garden Paperback – August 28, 2012
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"I learned so much about myself from this story-that fear doesn't have to hold me back, but rather, it can move me forward. The Unfinished Garden is a touching and accomplished debut."-Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes
"White...conveys the condition of OCD, and how it creates havoc in one's life and the lives of loved ones, with style and grace, never underplaying the seriousness of the disorder."-RT BookReviews
"A powerful story of friendship and courage in the midst of frightening circumstances... I highly recommend this wonderful love story."-Bergers' Book Reviews
"A mesmerizing tale of fear, loss, and love. Tilly and James are richly drawn and wonderfully flawed characters who embody the contradictions and imperfections that exist in all of us. Barbara Claypole White has created a novel as beautiful and complex, dark and light, sweet and sensuous as Tilly's beloved garden."-Joanne Rendell, author of The Professors' Wives' Club
"Barbara Claypole White has created such a likable, adorable, entertaining main character that I never wanted this book to end."-Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine
"I found the writing style in The Unfinished Garden reminiscent of Rosamunde and Robin Pilcher. As a fan of both, I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to many more from Barbara Claypole White."-Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home
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And then James Nealy, an attractive man who has retired young from his successful business as a software developer, shows upone night at Tilly's house. James suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder,and after years of therapy, is determined to face his fears and create a beautiful garden. He immediately is drawn to both Tilly and her stunning, wild garden, and knows that she must be the one to create his.
Although Tilly sell plants, she doesn't design gardens. And she does not want to deal with clients. But James will not take no for an answer. When Tilly and Isaac rush to her beloved home in England to deal with a family emergency, Tilly is confronted with her first love, Sebastian, who is going through a divorce and clearly still has feelings for Tilly, and Tilly discovers a lump in her breast.
In the midst of all of this, James unexpectedly appears at her childhood home. Their relationship is tenuous at first, but as they work together to create a garden, their love also blossoms.
As in life, there are no simple characters in this novel, each is layered and flawed, but all are beautifully crafted by the immensely talented author, Barbara Claypole White. In short, I would highly recommend The Unfinished Garden. It will appeal to all hopeless romantics, and to those who just love a beautifully written book with wonderful characters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
James got on my nerves, but... I understood why she fell for him!!! I even learned a few things!Published 22 days ago by Annie
Just an okay storyline. Fair character development, and without really caring about the characters, I can't say that I really cared about how the story was going to play out.Published 2 months ago by patricia f swindell
I thought the outcome was predictable, but I did like the characters and had a hard time putting the book down.Published 4 months ago by Darcy A. Ianni
As someone with OCD and general anxiety disorder, I'm always wary of how these conditions are portrayed in literature and film. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Jane Gari
There were passages of the book that soared interspersed with some that were good. The insights to. OCD and the insecurities of life gave much room for further thoughts as the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jpellenberger