He turns out to be a man that can teach Emma about a lot more than the flower. Cynthia Darlow's narration is fast paced but inexplicably slowed down by overlong pauses between chapters. Donny is very religious and down right rigid. But the relation This was pretty good it reminded me of Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. However carefully one goes they hold you--you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences--little rags and shreds of your very life. I will be looking forward to more from Mindy Friddle.
I knew I wanted to write Secret Keepers in the omniscient point of view and include multiple perspectives. This book begs to be read on a front porch or in a garden gazebo while drinking a glass of sweet tea. I love anything vintage and having to do with gardening, not that I am a great gardener. They are so complex and well-written that you feel like you're getting to know them face-to-face. A great balance of well-written prose you keep your brain cells active! It seems like it was trying to be magical realism, but took to long to figure that out. The ending, I thought, was incredibly well done.
The book narrates a summer's events from many of their perspectives. The characters are well-developed and the setting evokes a real sense of place. Her daughter, Dora and her husband, Donny have very different plans for Harold's funeral but Emma has her mind set and does things the way she sees fit. I just somehow felt that the ingredients were so rich that they could have made for so much more. I had a few theories for certain characters in this book, but, like I said, everything was so realistic that I knew I couldn't count on a character to act the way I had them pegged. Her once free-spirited daughter Dora turns to compulsive shopping and a controlling husband to forget her wayward past. We meet Emma Hanley who at age 72, is getting ready to take of on a trip of a lifetime with her husband, Harold and mentally ill son, Bobby.
A likable character, I liked the transformation the author made with her. Secret Keepers is a adapt name for this novel as most of the characters have secrets in there past or present that is having an efect on there lives in the present. Secret Keepers circles around Emma Hanley and her children. Soon enough, Jake and his ragtag group of helpers begin to unearth the secret s that have divided the Hanleys for decades. Emma just wants to be a world traveler but right on the verge of her grand world trip, her husband dies. This was a First Reads win, and I was excited to get it.
The story begins from the point-of-view of a grandmother who is thisclose to a taste of freedom, only to have it ripped away. And yes, there was Norah Jones playing constantly and it was summertime and the book made me feel comforted and warm and I had that feeling we all look for when we read novels for pleasure. Secret Keepers circles around Emma Hanley and her children. It is a quiet southern fiction book about a family coming to terms with changes in their lives. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp s. This is a light but touching story of how these flawed but redeemable people grow into being their truer selves with the magic of some long hidden plants and the reality of second chances.
Soon secret, magical plants and lifetime secrets are revealed. Each character is so clear-cut that you never forget their names, histories, or confuse them for someone else. Although well written,I found this one to be interminably long and boring. At age seventy-two, Emma Hanley plans to escape small-town Palmetto, South Carolina, and travel the globe. Anyone who loves gardens will appreciate Friddle's careful attention to botanical details, too. This review was written for. Dora and her husbands characters got on my last nerve with their judgmental super right wing Christianity to the point that when things starting going bad I was like serves you right! She and her family are faced to deal with the aftermath of this incident and become split on what to do.
It seems like it was trying to be magical realism, but took to long to figure that out. But the relationship between Emma, her son Bobby and her grandson Kyle was really enjoyable to read about. Actually, now that I think about it, I did read a few pages at the beginning and I liked what I read but I just put it aside when something else came along. Dora is married to Donny. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. All that changes when her daughter Dora's first boyfriend, Jak Such an enjoyable slice of southern life complete with characters that still resonate with me. Some authors do well with a handful of characters narrating their book, and some authors lose the voice - their own and ea I've been fixated on creating quality characters since, well, since my own writing workshops, and I can't help but notice that Mindy is an author whose characters are so believable, they seem lifted from real life.
Secret Keepers drew me in quickly with the beautiful epigraph by Katherine Mansfield. There is no more boring to Emma's life. I thought it was very ambitious of Mindy to write about an older woman, and she kept impressing me with each new section. I will definitely be trying her first book. The action jumped around from viewpoint to viewpoints, spotlighting most of the members in Emma's family, showing the problems each faced and how the past influenced the present.
The Master Gardener program teaches volunteers to be community educators by providing science-based information on horticulture and environmentally sound gardening practices. This is a beautiful story of love, respect and gardening and beauty in the world around us. What a great book to win from Goodreads! A poignant and reassuring tale of regret and redemption. During my morning walk not long after finishing the book, I found myself ruminating over Jake, Dora, and Bobby, some of the main characters in the story, as though they were real friends or neighbors. When Dora's old flame Jake Cary returns to Palmetto with a broken heart and a gift for gardening, the town becomes filled with mysterious, potent flowers and memories long forgotten. Soon enough, Jake and his ragtag group of helpers begin to unearth the secrets that have divided the Hanleys for decades.