The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones
Jeremiah Williams has been taking care of the gardens at the Tennessee governors mansion for the past 25 years. He has cared and prayed for its residents as well. There is something special though about the current family. Jeremiah wonders if all the hurt and unjust treatment he's gone through in life have been so that he could be with this family at this specific time.
Governor Gray London and his wife Mackenzie, struggled with infertility and miscarriages for years. Now it seems that all their dreams have come true. Their miracle baby, Maddie, is heading off to kindergarten, and Gray is making a real difference as governor.
When tragedy strikes again and again, the London's are thrust into circumstances they don't know if they can survive, and they're not sure they even want to.
What is God doing in their life? Is he really even there? How could he love them let these kinds of things happen?
This book is worth the read, but be prepared for uncontrollable sobs and keep a box of tissues nearby. I was completely unprepared for the depth of this novel. Though the main plot is heavy, there are lighter sub-plots to take the edge off. The southern voice throughout is authentic and beautiful. The First Gardener is masterfully writt
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