The Unfinished Garden

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Published by: MIRA
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Pages: 384
ISBN13: 978-0778314127

Signed copies available through Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough

A love story about grief, OCD, and dirt

Tilly Silverberg is rebuilding her life with her young son, Isaac, one potted-up plant at a time. Since her husband’s death, gardening has become her livelihood and her salvation. Hiding out in the North Carolina forest, she wants only to be left alone with Isaac and her greenhouse.

New to the area, successful software developer James Nealy needs a garden. On a solitary mission to reclaim his life from irrational obsessions and relentless compulsions, he has a plan: to conquer his greatest fear. Dirt. One glimpse—or two—of Tilly’s garden, and he knows she holds the key. But when he asks her to take him on as a client, she refuses.

After a family emergency pulls Tilly and Isaac back to her native England, she’s quietly happy, because nothing has changed in her childhood village. Or has it? Her first love is unexpectedly single, her mother is scheming, and her best friend is keeping secrets. Then James appears on her doorstep.

Tenuous at first, but gradually taking root, James and Tilly forge an unlikely bond. As they work together to rescue a garden choked by neglect, they unearth each other’s secrets, each other’s fears, each other’s hopes—and maybe, a shared second chance.


"I learned so much about myself from this story--that fear doesn't have to hold me back, but rather, it can move me forward. The Unfinished Garden is a touching and accomplished debut."
Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author of Necessary Lives

"The Unfinished Garden is a mesmerizing tale of fear, loss, and love. Tilly and James are richly drawn and wonderfully flawed characters who embody the contradictions and imperfections that exist in all of us. Barbara Claypole White has created a novel as beautiful and complex, dark and light, sweet and sensuous as Tilly's beloved garden."
Joanne Rendell, author of The Professors' Wives' Club

"The Unfinished Garden is a tender novel about embracing imperfections, facing fears, and coming to terms with the past."
Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy

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Winner, 2013 Golden Quill Contest
Simply Books #1 Romantic Book of 2012
2nd place, 2013 Book Buyers Best Contest
Finalist, 2013 Golden Leaf Contest
Finalist, 2013 Write Touch Readers' Award Contest
Finalist, 2013 New England Readers' Choice Beanpot Award
Barnes & Noble August 2012 Romance Pick

The Unfinished Garden is available in Australia, Germany, and Norway.

The audiobook of The Unfinished Garden, narrated by Ana Clements and Paul Heitsch (production by Spoken Realms) is now available.

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