By Tara Heavey
Trade paperback: 384 pages
Simon & Schuster, $15.00
October 12, 2010
When Eva Madigan entered a neighborhood sweet shop with Liam on a sunny Saturday in October she finally felt there was hope. Something was different. The young widow and her four year old son were new to Dublin, and Eva was having a hard time getting to know people, having a hard time finding a place in the world. Then a chance encounter with mysterious old Mrs. Prendergast (whom gossips suspect murdered her husband and buried him the garden) led Eva to that long abandoned Prendergast garden and a disjointed group of people. Their lives would be forever changed by answering Eva’s blind request for help to work in a community garden.
Mrs. Prendergast’s garden brought together people of all ages and backgrounds. Their only commonality was their love of gardens. Making up the rag-tag group are Uri, a Holocaust survivor and his divorced son Seth, a mysterious young college-aged Emily with a secret of her own, and the sad Eva. As they struggle to reclaim the garden from years of neglect, friendships are made, secrets are shared, and lives are entwined. All is lovely in the garden until one day Lance, Mrs. Prendergast’s son, shows up demanding that the garden be sold.
Author Tara Heavey’s Winter Bloom is a well written, engaging story of loss and our fight for survival by adapting to the things that are beyond our control. I normally don’t review cover art, but I believe this book deserves a different cover. No offense to the designer but this is not a light “chick lit” book. It’s a study of the human soul and I think it should have a less “chick lit-ish” fluffy cover. I highly recommend Winter Bloom and am purposefully being vague about the plot so that as so the secrets and stories unfold, and I won’t want ruin your read. Get it, enjoy it, share it.
Tara Heavey was born in London and moved to Dublin at the age of 12. A former lawyer, she is currently a full-time author who lives in Dublin with her family.
Source: This book was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected my review.