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The Garden of Happy EndingsIn need she keeps her hands busy while her heart searches for understanding   Meanwhile her sister Tamsin as pretty and colorful as Elsa is unadorned and steadfast finds her perfect life shattered when she learns that her financier husband is Garden of Happy ePUB #10003 a criminal Enduring shock and humiliation as her beautiful house and possessions are seized the woman who had everything now has nothing but the clothes on her back   But when the going. I liked Elsa's story uite a bit Tamsin's a little less so Alexa was mostly an eye roll luckily she wasn't in the book too much Thankfully the majority of the story is about ElsaElsa's suffering from a lack of faith made difficult because she's a reverend but she still has the urge to serve and help peopleGoing back to her hometown of Pueblo she reconnects with a former flame turned priest works out her turmoil by helping with the soup kitchen and starting a community garden and starting a new relationship earning some obnoxious jealousy from the priest I was a little unsure about the faith angle as I'm not religious but I still loved the story and enjoyed Elsa's journey

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From Barbara O’Neal beloved author of Happy PDFEPUB #227 of How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness comes another magical heartfelt novel perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs  After tragedy shatters her small community in Seattle the Reverend Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith Returning to her hometown of Pueblo The Garden PDFEPUBColorado she seeks work in a local soup kitchen Preparing nourishing meals for folks. I loved this book A truly wonderful Feel good book Recommended

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Review » The Garden of Happy Endings 100 õ ❅ The Garden of Happy Endings kindle Epub ❥ Author Barbara ONeal – From Barbara O’Neal beloved author of How to Bake a Perfect Life and The Lost Recipe for Happiness comes another magical heartfelt novel—perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah and Susan WiggGets tough the tough get growing A community garden in the poorest roughest part of town becomes a lifeline Creating a place of hope and sustenance opens Elsa and Tamsin to the renewing power of rich earth sunshine and the warm cleansing rain of tears While Elsa finds her heart blooming in the care of a rugged landscaper Tamsin discovers the joy of losing herself in the act of giving and both women discover that with time and care happy endings flourish. Spring is upon us and I can’t help but feel inspired by the lush greenery that surrounds me I want to open up all the windows in my house and let the healing power of nature seep in It’s always astounding how books seem to find you at the right time the most appropriate time This is what happened with Barbara O’Neal’s The Garden of Happy Endings I picked it up randomly one night drawn to it by the cover and title It promised a certain happiness and calm that I couldn’t resist The main character is Elsa Montgomery A reverend of a small church in Seattle Tragedy immediately envelopes Elsa and she’s forced to uestion her beliefs or lack there of in this moment of complete shock and horror Distraught and despondent Elsa returns to her hometown of Pueblo Colorado Her sister Tamsin is going through her own personal breakdown Together they help rebuild each other’s lives through food gardening and community involvement while searching for hope and happiness amidst the ruinsThere is an elegant uality to O’Neal’s writing that seems to transcend the genre she’s placed Passages in The Garden of Happy Endings read like poetry Images of the garden they are creating and the food that they produce evoke a visceral reaction in the reader It is like watching spring unfold through the pages of a novelThe themes of loss regret confusion betrayal fear and love are all emotions that we as readers can identify with and understand The characters of Elsa Tamsin Father Jack and Deacon McCoy allow us to watch real people struggle to find both their place in the world and the happiness that they hope resides thereI recently read an essay by O’Neal on Writer Unboxed where she detailed the need writers have for writing to answer their “central uestion” The uestion that O’Neal wanted to answer with The Garden of Happy Endings eluded her at first She ultimately understood the uestion to be about what happens when something gets in the way of your passion of your inner drive or your life choices I think it’s interesting that O’Neal wrote about her desire to answer uestions with her novels because I feel it is this uality that made The Garden of Happy Endings so rich with detail and the evolution of the characters’ livesThis novel is vivid and honest Hopeful and calming Powerful and evocative Subtle and charming I devoured it and am now inspired to check out all of Barbara O’Neal’s earlier work