Friday 10 January 2020

The Garden On Sparrow Street | Tilly Tennant

As the cold winter nights draw in, escape to the sleepy town of Wrenwick, where the streets sparkle with snow and a lonely young widow is about to find that true love really can strike twice…

 As Christmas cheer fills Sparrow Street with excitement, grieving widow Nina is having a hard time. It’s her first December without her beloved husband Gray, the days feel long and bleak, and to cap it all, she’s just lost her job. So when Nina hears that Sparrow Street’s Community Garden, one of Gray’s favourite places, is to be put up for sale she knows she must do something. Filled with purpose, she gathers the residents of Sparrow Street around her to turn the neglected patch of land into a Garden of Memories. Working with her neighbours, single mum Kelly and eighty-year-old Ada, Nina soon finds that she’s not the only lonely soul on Sparrow Street. And as the community comes together and the garden flourishes, Nina can’t help but be drawn to Irish gardener Colm with his sparkling blue eyes and musical accent, finding herself confiding in him about all her recent troubles.

 But just as Colm and Nina grow closer and he opens up to her about his own secret loss, Colm’s estranged wife returns from Scotland, wanting to try again. Nina knows she should let the man she’s falling for go – it’s the right thing to do. But what if fate has other plans in store? Will the beautiful garden on Sparrow Street have brought two people together only for Nina’s cautious heart to push them apart?
 If you love an uplifting, moving love story, then The Garden on Sparrow Street is the perfect romantic read to curl up with on a winter’s afternoon. Fans of Josie Silver and Carole Matthews will love this book!

After feeling like all my recent reads have emotionally drained me i wanted a sweet light read, well this ticked some of those boxes but it certainly took my emotions for a ride. Nina and her best friend Robyn work in a charity shop that is due to shut down, they work for a charity that has supported them both through the loss of their husbands. At the same time she finds out she is been made redundant a community meeting is called.

The community Garden is at risk of been sold, and it was a place that Nina and her husband Gray held close, the community set about transforming it into a place for people to spend time and remember those they have loved. With the help of a local gardener once diaster strikes - can Nina find herself again? and maybe even Love.

The Garden on Sparrow Street is a sweet, uplifting read that really hits you emotionally. I loved Nina - she was sweet, so likeable and your heart hurts for her. She is a wonderful best friend and a support to those around her. Robyn is her opposite and that is why the pair work. They support each other and work together well. Throw in dishy Colm who is not only easy on the eye but has a wonderful soul and this is a the perfect read for a winters afternoon.

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