The Garden of Small Beginnings

The Garden of Small Beginnings : A gloriously funny and heart-warming springtime read

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'A feel-good, hate-to-put-it-down, kind of book!' ChickLit Central

Life is about to blossom for Lili . . .

In the three years since her husband died in a car accident, Lili has just about managed to resume her day-to-day life as a single mother and successful illustrator. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work and watch TV like a pro. But there's still the small problem of the aching loss she feels inside.

When she's commissioned to illustrate a series of horticultural books, and signs up to a weekly gardening class, finally her life starts to bloom again.

The class provides Lili with a new network of unexpected friends - friends with their own heartaches and problems - and, maybe, another chance at love . . .

'Like a conversation with the funniest person you know - just lovely' Katie Fforde


Fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Wilde Like Me will fall in love with this gloriously funny and uplifting novel about friendship, love and grabbing life by the roots.

'A cosy, life-affirming read' Cathy Hopkins

'Witty, uplifting and unashamedly honest' Heidi Swain

'Funny and uplifting' Good Housekeeping

'Filled with characters you'll love and wish you lived next door to in real life' Bustle

'Waxman's voice is witty, emotional and often profound' InStyle

'A quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book' hellogiggles

'Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful' Emily Giffin, author of First Comes Love
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 131 x 199 x 23mm | 255g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751564869
  • 9780751564860
  • 22,281

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Waxman has mastered the fine art of dialogue . . . this debut begs for an encore * Kirkus Reviews * It's impossible not to fall in love with Lilian, a young widow who is still trying to come to terms with the death of her husband four years later. . . . If you are thinking to yourself 'forget it, I'm not reading a gardening book'- don't worry . . . THIS IS NOT A GARDENING BOOK! It IS, however, a feel-good, hate-to-put-it- down, kind-of-book! * ChickLit Central * Abbi Waxman artfully tackles grief with humour in her debut novel * Signature Reads * Lilian Girvan, the central character of The Garden of Small Beginnings, is an illustrator, a mother, a sister, a budding gardener, and a widow, and her perspective on how she's doing with each role doesn't always match up with what readers can see around her. But that trait makes her a more interesting and realistic protagonist, and along with the book's humour and eccentric supporting cast made it a great read * BookRiot * This novel is filled with characters you'll love and wish you lived next door to in real life * Bustle * Waxman's voice is witty, emotional and often profound * * The Garden of Small Beginnings is a quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book. . . . We're already dying to know if there will be a sequel * HelloGiggles * Kudos to debut author Waxman for creating an endearing and realistic cast of main and supporting characters (including the children). Her narrative and dialogue are drenched with spring showers of witty and irreverent humour, which provides much respite from the underlying grief theme * Library Journal * What a treat!! Abbi Waxman is one of the wittiest voices in the world today. The Garden of Small Beginnings is a beautiful book full of humour, heart, and deep insight. An intimate and hilarious journey about a young mom moving on from grief. Reading it gave me the feeling I was talking to a really funny, open mom-friend sharing secrets about life, love, loss, and gardening! Abbi Waxman's quick wit and heart shine brightly throughout this debut novel. I just loved it! * Molly Shannon * This is my favorite kind of book: hilarious, sad, joyful. Beautifully-written. Fun. I dare you not to enjoy it * Julia Claibourne Johnson * Funny and poignant. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. May make you want to play in dirt and grow a new life of your own * Wendy Wax * Brilliant. Simply brilliant. The Garden of Small Beginnings is funny, poignant, and startling in its emotional intensity and in its ability to make the reader laugh and cry on the same page . . . I loved this book! * Karen White * A young widow is just about holding her life together when she's persuaded to enrol on a gardening course. Down among the weeds and worms she find purpose and friendship . . . a funny and uplifting debut novel * Good Housekeeping * A cosy, life-affirming read * Cathy Hopkins, author of The Kicking the Bucket List * Waxman has given us a grow bag full of emotion - witty, uplifting and unashamedly honest * Heidi Swain, Sunday Times bestselling author of Summer at Skylark Farm * Like a conversation with the funniest person you know - just lovely * Katie Fforde, number one bestselling author of A Country Escape *
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About Abbi Waxman

Born in England, Abbi Waxman is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats and one very patient husband.
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Rating details

5,568 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,627)
4 43% (2,396)
3 22% (1,229)
2 5% (262)
1 1% (54)
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