Skip to main content

The Wishing Garden

Mary Cranford is grown up now, but she's having vivid memories of hearing her parents fight as a child. That's mostly because she's recently moved back into her childhood home with her father. Her husband, Simon, and one of her twin daughters, Isabelle, were killed in a car accident. Mary is lucky to have her sweet daughter Adrienne still. Unfortunately Mary's father is very prejudiced against people with Latino backgrounds and Isabelle and Adrienne are both Latina, so he treats Adrienne very unkindly. This is hard for Mary to bear, so she tries very hard to keep Adrienne away from her grandfather and not to have to spend very much time with him herself. This is not to difficult because he is very sick and basically bound to his bed. Mary is concerned about her mother's garden. Her mother loved her garden, but since she died 4 years earlier, no one has cared for it and it's fallen into disrepair. Mary convinces her father that finding a gardener for her mother's garden would be a good idea, if only for the purposes of selling their house. While interviewing gardeners, Mary meets Whit, a Latino gardener who just feels right for the job. Mary quickly becomes falling in love, but he's a decade younger and he's got a past that's not very pretty. Can Mary trust her heart, or does she need to follow her head?

I had a really hard time getting into this story. I'd have to say it was not really one of my favorites, especially after Passage on the Titanic. The characters were okay, but it didn't feel as though you really could "know" them. All in all, not my favorite!

Popular posts


About the CD: Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists such as Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo. In all of his travels across South America, through Europe and Asia, and across America, Nathan often includes spiritually rooted and uplifting songs in his repertoire. This album is a collection of his favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs take the listener on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision," soaring Italian epics like "Nella Fantasia," and modern classics such as "Forever," by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan's desire with this album is to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that life the soul.

Track List
1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Blog Tour - Compassionate Soldier

About the book: Compassionate Soldier illuminates fascinating yet largely unknown stories of men and women whose humanity led them to perform courageous acts of mercy and compassion amid the chaos and carnage of war. Arranged by war from the American Revolution to the Iraq War and global in perspective, it features extraordinary stories of grace under fire from valiant soldiers and noncombatants who rose above the inhumanity of lethal conflict and chose compassion, even knowing their actions could put their lives and liberty at risk.

Included are the stories of Patrick Ferguson, a British officer during the American Revolution who had the chance to kill George Washington but refused to shoot a man in the back; Richard Kirkland, a Confederate soldier during the Civil War who took water to wounded Union soldiers during the battle of Fredericksburg; and Oswald Boelcke, a German WWI flying ace who was one of the most influential tacticians of early air combat and was known for making sure …

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…