Viola Shipman

The Heirloom Garden (Paperback)

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Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind the towering fence surrounding her home, Iris has built a new family...of flowers. Iris propagates her own daylilies and roses while tending to a garden filled with the heirloom starts that keep the memories of her loved ones alive. When Abby Peterson moves next door with her family--a husband traumatized by his service in the Iraq War and a young daughter searching for stability--Iris is reluctantly yet inevitably drawn into her boisterous neighbor's life, where, united by loss and a love of flowers, she and Abby tentatively unearth their secrets, and help each other discover how much life they have yet to live. From the USA Today bestselling author of The Summer Cottage

In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose...and flowers.


Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind the towering fence surrounding her home, Iris has built a new family...of flowers. Iris propagates her own daylilies and roses while tending to a garden filled with the heirloom starts that keep the memories of her loved ones alive.

When Abby Peterson moves next door with her family--a husband traumatized by his service in the Iraq War and a young daughter searching for stability--Iris is reluctantly yet inevitably drawn into her boisterous neighbor's life, where, united by loss and a love of flowers, she and Abby tentatively unearth their secrets, and help each other discover how much life they have yet to live.

With delightful illustrations and fascinating detail, Viola Shipman's heartwarming story will charm readers while resonating with issues that are so relevant today
• Author: Viola Shipman • ISBN:9781525804618 • Format:Paperback • Publication Date:2020-04-28
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Language

English

Publisher

Graydon House Books

Book Format

Paperback

Number of Pages

448

Author

Viola Shipman

Title

The Heirloom Garden

ISBN-13

9781525804618

Publication Date

April, 2020

Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)

8.00 x 5.25 x 1.00 Inches

ISBN-10

1525804618

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4.3 out of 5stars
  • 5 out of 5 stars review
    2/22/2022
    Whenever I finish a Viola Shipman…
    Whenever I finish a Viola Shipman book, I feel like I am saying goodbye to good friends. The books are full of beauty, family, love, hope, kindness, friendship, and more. The Heirloom Garden is a beautiful story of loss followed by hope. Viola Shipman, a pseudonym for Wade Rouse, writes his books in tribute to his grandmother. She must have been a very special woman because his books are testaments of love. Sometimes the books are not subtle in their message, often almost knocking you over the head with their message, but that is what we need to hear the message on many occasions. I loved how this novel tells the story through flowers and their life cycle, and how it also looks at veterans and war and the toll it takes on families and a c...
    rmarcin
  • 5 out of 5 stars review
    2/15/2020
    This is another fantastic book by Viola Shipman. I started it as soon as it showed up in my mailbox, even though I had a stack of books that should have been read first but this is one of my 'go to' authors and I had to read it right away. I am a huge fan of books about Michigan and books that take place on Lake Michigan always tug at my heart because of all the summers that I spent at the Lake growing up. This author describes the area around Lake Michigan so well and so beautifully that it is an integral part of the story - as important as the characters. I loved this book and think it will be one of the "must read" books of Spring, 2020. The story is told in dual time lines and in different eras. 1944 - Iris lost her husband in WWII and ...
    susan0316
  • 5 out of 5 stars review
    3/11/2020
    The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman Book starts with authors praise from other works. Starts out with Iris and she has a victory garden as to so many during the war. It was the only way to get food, rest had to go to the soldier fighting the war. There is so much you will walk away with after reading this book. Iris raised the victory garden for the town and needs to get over her anxiety and has no resting place for her spouse, Abby needs encouragement to be strong to do the things she needs to do, Cory needs to get over his anxiety after returning from the war. Parts that got to me where the monthly visits to the garden as I have so many of the same flowers-what a beautiful year of flowers. 2000's Abby married to Cory, back from the war l...
  • 4 out of 5 stars review
    5/4/2020
    We meet two women generations apart who have lost their husbands. One has a husband who never came home from WWII, and one has a husband who came home but is lost to PTSD. Iris loves her flowers and her family, but they are now gone including her daughter. Abby moves into the house next to Iris, has her husband and her daughter, and a job as an engineer since her husband can no longer work or function. We follow the lives of both characters present day and past. Gardeners will absolutely LOVE this book. The flower and gardening information is outstanding and described in such detail you can visualize it. I also enjoyed how flowers were compared to feelings and life events. Viola Shipman has given us another heartwarming book filled with pos...
    SilversReviews
  • 4 out of 5 stars review
    4/23/2020
    The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman has Iris Maynard living alone in her home alone after the loss of her husband and daughter for the last six decades. She spends her time taking care of her beautiful heirloom garden. Iris then rents the cottage next door to a woman with a husband recently returned from Iraq and an inquisitive little girl. The Peterson's remind Iris of how her family used to be before her husband died during World War II and her little girl from illness. Abby and Iris become friends. They find they have much in common especially a love of flowers. Can they help each other heal and discover that not one minute of a life should be wasted? The Heirloom Garden is well-written with relatable characters and incidents. Iris Mayn...