Review: The Heirloom Garden
Title: The Heirloom Garden
Author: Viola Shipman
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind the towering fence surrounding her home, Iris has built a new family…of flowers. Iris propagates her own daylilies and roses while tending to a garden filled with the heirloom starts that keep the memories of her loved ones alive.When Abby Peterson moves next door with her family—a husband traumatized by his service in the Iraq War and a young daughter searching for stability—Iris is reluctantly yet inevitably drawn into her boisterous neighbor’s life, where, united by loss and a love of flowers, she and Abby tentatively unearth their secrets, and help each other discover how much life they have yet to live.
My Review: This is a beautifully written story about two women whose lives are connected by horrible wars. I loved the characters and the bond that formed between both Abby and Iris as well the families bond with Iris, especially the daughter. Both women have some serious issues to work through and I thought the story did a great job of showing their development. The only thing I didn't love was the politcal commentary. It was warrented by I felt like there was just too much of it. Overall though it was a great book and I really enjoyed it.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*