Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White - Book Reivew

A successful software developer, James has thrown himself into a new goal — to finally conquer the noise in his mind. And he has a plan. He'll confront his darkest fears and build something beautiful...a garden. When he meets Tilly Silverberg, he knows she holds the key — even if she doesn't think so.

After her husband's death, gardening became Tilly's livelihood and her salvation. Her thriving North Carolina business and her young son, Isaac, are the excuses she needs to hide from the world. So when oddly attractive, incredibly tenacious James arrives on her doorstep, demanding she take him on as a client, her answer is a flat ‘no'.

When a family emergency lures Tilly back to England, she's secretly glad. With Isaac in tow, she retreats to her childhood village, which has always stayed obligingly the same. Until now. Her best friend is keeping secrets. Her mother is plotting. Her first love is unexpectedly, temptingly available. And then James appears on her doorstep.

Away from home, James and Tilly begin to forge an unlikely bond, tenuous at first but taking root every day. And as they work to build a garden together, something begins to blossom between them — despite all the reasons against it.
The unfinished garden is a contemporary romance filled with characters that are certainly not flawless, they have issues in life and within.

We are shown well detailed and in-depth insight into the characters, as well as broaching the subject of mental illness and grief.

Tilly lost her husband three years prior and now is now getting on with life the best she knows how and looking after their eight year old son Issac. Tilly is self employed running a nursery and doing what she loves best, being a mum and tinkering around in her garden.

However – Life is not like it use to be. She is guilt ridden and feeling somewhat empty.

James Neally suffers from OCD – and he has decided that it’s time to take back control of his life or add some normality to it. His Obsessive – compulsive disorder controls his life, and he hopes after meeting Tilly that they both can build a garden and help James get over his phobia.

James is successfull in his business, but in life he wants it to steer in a different direction and by meeting Tilly that is not only what he has to deal with. Fixing his phobia - learnig to trust, and learning to overcome the obsticles in life that are challenging him.

Upon Meeting Tilly – James feels nothing he has ever felt before within any friendship - Tilly’s Acceptance, and trust easy attitude and ways, James is finds that they form a friendship and closeness like no other he has ever had.

After a turn of events Tilly and her son are homebound for England, and here she is confronted with her first love. She is thrown into an emotional rollercoaster and finds out that her also a few truths of her own. As perfect as her ex love may have been her didnt come across as a character I felt compelled to.

James follows her, and asks her to help him create a garden or teach him how to. They embark on a friendship confronted upon by their fears, and woes. James wants something Tilly is not sure she can offer him. The guilt she feels stands in her way and fear of loving and losing again.

Both are challenged by their state of mind, with emotions and fears entwined throughout the author did a great job of giving us characters that were certainly not flawless but very realistic.

I was very surprised that I enjoyed this book so much with the underlying storyline, but I found that it certainly had me intrigued to find out how the story ended and I wasn’t at all disappointed.

A fluent flowing storyline that will encapture your heart, mind and have you thinking past the last page.

Barbars - the author has given us James, a flawed character, hot, attractive but with issues, kind of freaky – creepy at times. But James Neally was a character with depth and definition despite his issues and despite his ways Tilly accepted him the way he was.

Tilly a widowed wife whom is filled with guilt after the death of her husband. She is an easy going character , un affected by James and his creepy ways, taking him with each day as it came , with no judgments what so ever.

The Unfinished Garden has two characters with issues, but I enjoyed the way in which the author put forth the storyline.

It is a well told story of two people affected by grief, fear, loss, and fear of Failure . She gives the reader insight into someone who suffers mental illness , and acceptance within. Characters that find love amongst each other, while hurdling over many obstacles to find life , love and meaning. A heartfelt storyline, that will have you questioning how meeting someone so flawed can not only save you from yourself but give meaning to three lives.
Thank you to Harlequin Australia for providing me with this book for my honest opinion and review.