by Loretta Nyhan
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 7 hours and 17 minutes
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
Narration: 4 cups
In author Loretta Nyhan’s warm, witty, and wonderful novel, a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over—right in her own backyard.
Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade—and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig.
As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more than a little alarmed. Paige knows nothing about gardening, and she’s boldly flouting neighborhood-association bylaws. But with the help of new friends, a charming local cop, and the transformative power of the soil, Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life. Something big is beginning to take root—both in her garden and in herself.
Digging In: A Novel by Loretta Nyhan is perfect for fans of The Garden Of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. Digging In is a rich story filled with gardening, neighbors, new friendships and healing. Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal I quickly became caught up in this heartwarming and captivating story that mirrors the author’s own journey after the unthinkable happens.
I was slightly worried I would need truffles for this story. I’ve been married thirty years and cannot even begin to fathom life without my mate. While Nyhan did make me tear up she also had me rooting for Paige Moresco, her son Trey, and the secondary characters we met along the way. I laughed, got angry, cheered and smiled as Paige began her journey by digging holes in her backyard and upsetting the balance in her suburban community. Her curmudgeonly neighbor added humor, frustrations and a bit of a mystery. A local police officer called in over complaints about Paige’s backyard offers something a little more.
The writing is wonderful with a flow that pulls the reader in and holds them captive. This translated beautifully into audio. Mary Robinette Kowal captured Paige, the tone, and emotions of the story.
Paige’s husband passed two years ago and she and her senior high school son, Trey are simply moving through their days and not really living. When her boss shakes things up at the advertising company where she has been employed for the past seventeen years it sets her already fragile world spinning. One night after a little too much win she begins digging up her backyard. She has no purpose other than she likes the feel of the earth in her fingers, but slowly through work, strangers, and need we witness Paige transform along with her backyard.
One of my favorite quotes from the book that applies to so much more than gardening:
“That’s the beauty of a garden,” she said. “Some stuff works, some stuff doesn’t, and some stuff you think isn’t working ends up producing the following year. Keeps you living in a constant state of suspense, so whatever comes, you’re grateful for it.“
Digging In is the type of story that stays with you, offers life lessons and makes you appreciate all the little things each day brings. It’s the perfect book for listening while you garden or packing along for a day at the beach. Just add wine and chocolate.
[bctt tweet=”Digging In by Loretta Nyhan offered a rich story filled with gardening, neighbors, new friendships and healing. Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal I became caught up in this heartwarming and captivating story #iloveaudio” username=”kimbacaffeinate”]
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I like stories like this because they show how life is not set in stone and that anything can happen.
Yes, exactly Stepanie!
Not that this doesn’t sound wonderful for me, but I actually do wonder if my mum might need this as well. Thank you for a great review, Kimberly!
Great gift for Mom!
Sounds like a really cute story. Glad you didn’t need to pull out the truffles. 🙂
Me too Melanie, although chocolate is good any time *winks*
I really enjoy well written books. I really feel sometimes the story is great but the writing is bad and that is so sad to me. I am not a writer, I read and when you have read a lot you just know when things are off. I am glad you really enjoyed this one! Sounds like a great beach listen or read!
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
This was a Kindle First pick and I almost picked it but ended up going with another choice. Sounds like that was a bad move. My dad died suddenly when I was 20 and my sister was a senior in high school. I worried that this one might hit a little too close to home.
I grabbed it as a Kindle First myself, but then it sat and when the audio was offered I grabbed it. It had its moments but I think because two years had passed it made things slightly easier.
I’m putting on my TBR list! Thanks for the post.
Wahoo. Enjoy Angela.
This looks like a lovely story and the cover art is great – those wellies are fabulous!
Ha, yes I love the rubber boots too. The cover is cute.
I am already annoyed with her neighbors. They can get stuck in the mud
Hahaha..right. Nosy neighbors!
I got this from Prime and was hoping it was like Waxman’s book. So glad to see its has the feels and the neighborhood moments, too.
Yes, I did too but jumped at the audio. Enjoy!
Laurie @ Bark's Books
This sounds like a great book to listen to on audio! I always threaten to dig up my lawn and plant a crazy wildflower/veggie garden and then I remember that it’s too much work.
Haha… that is so very true Laurie
Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
This sounds like an emotional but fulfilling read but I hate to even contemplate that I could lose my other half long before expected.
Exactly Nicci. Have a great day!
I can definitely see why you were drawn to this Kim and why you’d be a little afraid to read it too. Like you I’m a long married woman only a bit older than you and with a husband who is in failing health so I really have to be careful about picking a read like this, but you also have convinced me to put it on my audible list. Thanks for your heartwarming review I always enjoy reading your thoughts on anything you read.
It really was heartfelt with touches of humor and growth.
Fun cover. I love it…suspense in gardening…without a dead body. lol Does sound like a perfect beach read.
LOL, sort of but yes no dead body.
oh it looks fun there and you made me curious!
Glad I piqued your curiosity!
Lovely review! I’m glad to hear it wasn’t overly sad, and it seems like a good book with great characters. 🙂
It wasn’t and made me laugh quite often.
Now this book is right up my alley…. Great review Kimberly and thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!
Happy to do so. Enjoy Cindy.
Yay. Yeah there was a delay between book and audio release. I hope you like it 🙂
Apparently, I bought it in March but don’t remember doing so. Yay? lol. Probably because of you. Now just to read it …