Synopsis: 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?
My Rating: 3/5
My Review: I am a big fan of Tilly Tennant but have to confess I was left feeling a little disappointed with this latest book. Nina is our main character here, and we see the beginning of the story introduce us to her current situation. She is struggling in December following the loss of her husband Gray. She has her friend Robyn who works alongside her and together they discover that Sparrow Street’s Community Garden is to be put up for sale. As this was one of Gray’s favourite places she and Nina decide to do something about it. They plan to build a Garden of Memories but to do it they need to enlist the help of local residents.
We meet many of the residents along the way including Colm who is a gardener enlisted to help them. I liked the mixture of characters and the story itself was readable and enjoyable, but for some reason not that memorable. I enjoyed the friendship between Nina and Robyn and also the characters that appear and have their own little tale to tell. This certainly wasn’t a bad book, but it just wasn’t as good as some of her other books I have read and loved.