The Garden On Sparrow Street by Tilly Tennant
Today I am so pleased to be joining the blog tour for The Garden On Sparrow Street by 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. December is always a difficult month to face 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 kind heart, 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?
Nina works in a charity shop with her friend Robyn. As a widow, the volunteer job fills the empty hours she faces since losing her beloved husband. Robyn knows all about losing someone and the pair have formed a true friendship. When Nina learns that the charity shop has to close she dreads the lonely days ahead.
Nina knows that she has to find a project and hears that the neglected community garden on Sparrow Street is up for sale. She comes up with the idea to transform the garden into a memorial where people can go to remember loved ones.
However, the project doesn’t run smoothly and after the gardens are vandalised a handsome gardener comes along to offer a helping hand.
Nina begins to realise that meeting Colm could give her a second chance of happiness and heal the overpowering grief she feels. Just as the couple get closer, someone appears to change everything.
I loved the great sense of community displayed by the residents in the transformation of the garden. The secondary characters are so engaging, especially the twin neighbours who literally hang on to each others every word! The story is about rebuilding in every sense of the word and the amazing healing power of friendship. Anyone who has lost someone will relate to this inspirational story. Tilly Tennant tackles a difficult subject with beautiful dignity, warmth, and humour.
Thank you to the author and Bookouture for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.
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