Item description for In Every Flower: A Novel (Garden Gates) by Patti Hill...
Sometimes you get a second chance... Remarriage isn't the happily-ever-after Mibby McManus hoped for. Between conflicting work schedules, a rebellious teenage son, a mother-in-law who can't get enough of the Food Channel, and a cat-in-law bent on destruction, Mibby and her new husband, Larry, never seem to find enough time for each other. Then there's the part Mibby really didn't expect: the constant intrusion of memories. Just when she thinks she's gotten back on track, a phone call from California unsettles everything. It's time for Mibby to face her past or risk losing everything.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2006
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764229397 ISBN13 9780764229398
Availability 0 units.
More About Patti Hill
Patti Hill's debut novel, Like a Watered Garden, was called "intriguing" and "fresh" by Publisher's Weekly. Her other novels include The Queen of Sleepy Eye, Seeing Things, and Goodness and Mercy. Her novels have been finalists for the Christy Award and the ALA Book of the Year. She lives in Colorado where she writes stories of everyday magic.
Reviews - What do customers think about In Every Flower: A Novel (Garden Gates)?
WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! Mar 20, 2007
This book is the continuing story of Mibby. She finds that marriage to Larry, after her first husband died, (book one) is not coming up roses! This book, and the first two are for the romantic at heart, and lovers of flowers. Definitely a female series. You must buy the first two. Start at the beginning! I would hope that she comes out with the continuing story now that she and Larry have bought the local garden center!
A Better Read than Happily Ever After Nov 18, 2006
Mibby and her new husband, Larry, return home from their honeymoon to begin life together, only to encounter Larry's meddlesome mother, Mibby's rebellious teenage son and dysfunctional sister, and more memories of her deceased husband than she expected. Happily-ever-after is not going to be easy. In the third and last of the Garden Gates series, author Hill continues to mature Mibby's faith, outlook, and behavior. Mibby's friend and mentor Louise bakes up a storm and offers good counsel, and Mibby learns to look to God, her husband, and her own heart in making decisions.
Wonderful!! Oct 11, 2006
Another book by Patti Hill that I just loved. I found myself staying way past my bedtime reading. Very realistic and touching. Patti gives us a character we can relate to, not a perfect Christian, but a working-at-it every day type of believer. This seriese is definitely one of the best Christian fiction reads out there---highly recommend it!! PLEASE give us more excellent books Patti!!!!
terrific realistic look at second marriages Oct 4, 2006
Several years have passed since her spouse died in a biking accident. Mibby Garrett, owner of Perennially Yours Garden Design and mother to fifteen years old Kyle, feels it is time to move on. She accepts the proposal of Larry, who is kind to her teenage son, after they discuss what marriage means to one another. Both feel ready as they know what to expect. After the ceremony, they go off on their honeymoon leaving Kyle with Larry's mother Connie.
However, when they return home to set up housekeeping, neither had anticipated the impact of their marriage on their extended family. Connie not only redid the kitchen, but she is over every moment offering unsolicited advice and being hurt when that advice is ignored. Kyle struggles with no longer being the man of the house as much as having a new father. Others are almost as intrusive leaving the newlyweds to wonder if it was worth it. Mibby asks God to help her by guiding her through the chaotic loving interference of others.
Book three in the Garden gates tales (see LIKE A WATERED GARDEN and ALWAYS GREEN) is a terrific realistic look at second marriages mostly from the perspective of an intelligent, deeply devout caring person. Indirectly by how they behave to the beleaguered Mibby, the audience also sees how Larry, Ky and Connie react. Still this is Mibby's tale (and trilogy) as she feels so overwhelmed by the actions and reactions of others she wonders whether living in sin would have been a better option before turning to the Lord for guidance. This is a solid character study miniseries that deeply follows a woman from mourning to re-dawning of her life.
Blooming Where She's Planted Oct 2, 2006
Remarriage isn't the happily-ever-after Mibby McManus hoped for. She doesn't have enough time with her new husband Larry, her mother-in-law is full of advice, and her teen-age son is self-destructing despite her best efforts. It would have been easy to assign a "good guy" and a "villain" to the story, but Patti Hill resists that convenience. Each character is rich with human flaws and surprising moments of insight and grace. Pain and conflict arise not because any of the characters are malicious or evil, but because goals, memories, and expectations collide--as they do in all families. Patti mines the deep struggles of marriage and parenting with humor and hope, and shines light on the gems that flicker in the darkness. This is a beautiful and fulfilling third novel in the Garden Gate series. Highly recommended.