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*Download Kindle ¼ Digging In Ø Listening Lengthhours andminutes In author Loretta Nyhan s warm, witty, and wonderful novel, a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over right in her own backyardPaige 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 digAs the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden The neighbors in her tidy gated community are 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 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rightfully theirs in a shrinking economy.At almost every turn, I felt the severe pain Real Rating 3.5 of five, but Amagoodreadszon won t let us have half stars because reasons9 OCTOBER 2018 Kindle price drop to 1.99 I own this Kindlebook, so if anyone wants to borrow it, send me a PM with youraccount email and you re welcome to it Supervillain Chelsea Humphrey made me read this paean to the overweight, overtired, overworked Average Soul taking up space the Skinny Bastages think is rightfully theirs in a shrinking economy.At almost every turn, I felt the severe pain of the older worker not yet eligible for retirement forget about able to afford retirement, very very very few ever will be so blessed but labeled Not Wanted by the irritatingly chipper and voraciously ambitious backstabbing little twidgees snapping at our heels.At every turn, I felt the agonies of the partner left behind the love of my life died 26 years ago come May and no, I m not over it and frankly don t expect to be as she moves on willy nilly with life Not living, just life Lying down and waiting to die sounds so goodbutnope, just can t, it feels too much like something our departed love would be really, really pissed off with us about.And I was revolted by the slavish fad following seen at every turn But I want a chocolate beet cake Like, you know, NOW Everything can be learned, you know Some people learn sooner, others later Not a big deal if the outcome is the same Guys, this book wrecked me I ve been a fan of Loretta s writing since her previous novel, All The Good Parts, was released I was left itching forof her witty charm and boy, did I find it here Her novels are emotional for sure, but they still manage to deal with tough themes in an upbeat and hilarious way When I pick up one of her books, I feel as though instead of reEverything can be learned, you know Some people learn sooner, others later Not a big deal if the outcome is the same Guys, this book wrecked me I ve been a fan of Loretta s writing since her previous novel, All The Good Parts, was released I was left itching forof her witty charm and boy, did I find it here Her novels are emotional for sure, but they still manage to deal with tough themes in an upbeat and hilarious way When I pick up one of her books, I feel as though instead of reading the book, she s relaying it to me over a glass of wine It gives the impression we re just two good friends curled up on the couch and she s telling me the latest tale that s manifested in her brain It s rare for this to happen for me, but when it does, these books receive an automatic 5 star rating and glowing review.Before I jump into the book itself, I think it s important to note that you re getting as authentic of a story as possible when it comes to Digging In Nyhan has written in detail about the experience on her Goodreads review of this book found here , but I ll give you the spark notes version A few years ago the author s husband left to play a round of golf and had a fatal heart attack right on the green She took this experience and turned it into a novel about how to find yourself again when the unthinkable happens and how to work through grief when it feels as if there s nowhere to go from there If you are the type of reader who connects with fiction that is propelled by real experiences, this alone should put the book on your TBRThat 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 If you decide to pick up Digging In, you ll find our main character Paige is struggling to cope with the loss of her husband Jesse two years after the tragic car wreck that took his life Her teenage son Trey is struggling in his own way too, and the mother son relationship is taking it s toll as well The struggle is real all around folks Paige has most certainly hit rock bottom when she suffers another tough loss and her job is on the line After a hazy night of weepy drinking, she wakes up with a pounding headache and a giant hole in her backyard What follows is a journey of new beginnings new friendships, new hobbies, new opportunities, and new love There is a whole lot of self healing, along with a healing that bleeds out into a myriad of other relationships too By the end of the book, you re left in a place of healthy, hopeful bliss, a place only Nyhan could take us to.While this novel is for everyone, I do think a number of seasoned mothers and 40 somethings will really appreciate the themes and connect with the characters There s so much relatable here to the hard working female who has done her job well for decades, only to find herself being pushed out by the younger, fresh crowd I know the overall theme of grief sounds heavy and depressing, but honestly it was a joy to read this story I did shed a few tears, but the majority of the novel s tone is upbeat and flat out hilarious I was doubled over laughing, I was crying, and I was moved I m not sure what else I could want from a story, and for that reason alone I will sing Digging In s praises from the highest rooftop to anyone who will listen Highly, HIGHLY recommended if you enjoy a feel good novel about love and loss Don t forget that this is a Kindle First pick for the month of March 2018 if you re anPrime member that means you can download it this month for free If you re not a prime member, it s only 1.99 3 Many thanks to the author for providing my copy I don t know how to rate my own book Some days, I m likefive stars, baby You ve got it going on Other days I could maybe maybe muster up one measly star Writers are fickle And very self critical Also, maybe a little nutso from working alone all the time What I can say is that I m very proud of this book I give my pride in it five stars Abso freaking lutely.The initial idea for this book came from an article I read about ten years ago A local woman worked for the Chicago Tribune i I don t know how to rate my own book Some days, I m likefive stars, baby You ve got it going on Other days I could maybe maybe muster up one measly star Writers are fickle And very self critical Also, maybe a little nutso from working alone all the time What I can say is that I m very proud of this book I give my pride in it five stars Abso freaking lutely.The initial idea for this book came from an article I read about ten years ago A local woman worked for the Chicago Tribune in the marketing department She saw the writing on the wall, and knew she was going to get the heave ho She pre empted that by turning in her resignation, going home and thinkingnow what She decided to dig up her backyard and plant vegetables, a one woman CSA People bought tickets all summer to come and pick what they wanted She made enough money to buy herself some precious time She was mid life and wanted to figure out what she really wanted to do I have no idea what happened to her, but the story lit a slow burning fire in the house of my imagination, one that flared off and on over the years After finishing my previous novel, ALL THE GOOD PARTS, I had some ideas for my next book bumping around in my brain, but this memory kept rising, elbowing the others to the side I started writing Paige s story, tooling along quite nicely, untilMy husband left to play a round of golf on a sunny Saturday morning in May of 2016 He never came home Massive heart attack Gone at age 45.We d been married almost twenty years Happy years I loved him and he loved me, and we always had each other s backs The devastation nearly did me in I couldn t write a word Heck, I could barely manage basic things, like cooking and driving and laundry Grief messed with my brain, turning me into a zombie for four or five months The energy I could muster went towards easing our boys into this new, very different life, one they never asked for and never, ever would have wanted.About five months after Tom died, I went to the bookstore, where I ran into a friend and fellow writer How s the writing going she asked Terrible, I said I can t write a thing The words won t come She hugged me It s because you only have one story in your head right now So that s what you need to write So that s what I did I wrote about how to find yourself again after tragedy I wrote about feelings of isolation and loneliness, about guilt and fear, and, ultimately, about discovering the strength to live again These are some heavy things, but, believe me, this book is not a downer Humor is the key to finding joy in life And being able to feel that joy is essential in moving forward after loss.I hope you enjoy Paige s story I hope you re entertained, and moved, and that it makes you think a little bit Maybe, if you ve experienced the devastation of losing someone close to you, it ll offer some comfort Now, that s worth five stars to me.XOXO,Loretta My mother, God rest her soulCouldn t understand why the only manShe had ever loved had been takenLeaving her to startWith a heart so badly brokenDespite encouragement from meNo words were ever spoken Gilbert O Sullivan, Alone Again Naturally 4.5 stars for this one.I loved this What a great story.Jesse was a part of Paige s life since eighth grade, and he was her only love Often it was the two of them against the world, and she always knew she could count on her husband and their marriage My mother, God rest her soulCouldn t understand why the only manShe had ever loved had been takenLeaving her to startWith a heart so badly brokenDespite encouragement from meNo words were ever spoken Gilbert O Sullivan, Alone Again Naturally 4.5 stars for this one.I loved this What a great story.Jesse was a part of Paige s life since eighth grade, and he was her only love Often it was the two of them against the world, and she always knew she could count on her husband and their marriage Then one day, an accidental tap of a highway median, and it was all over he left her alone with their teenage son, Trey Forever Till death do us part The thing is, no one tells you what to do when the parting happens And they forget to explain that when death is sudden, the parting is actually a ragged tear, not a clean separation It leaves all the ends unfinished, and they just unravel and unravel and That was two years ago, yet she s still drifting through life The house is in disrepair, the yard is a shambles much to the chagrin of her uptight neighbor, whose anger seems excessive despite the number of dandelions and other weeds that have popped up Trey, now a high school senior, is getting increasingly frustrated with his mother s antics, preferring the stability of a friend s house And even though she used to be able to coast at her advertising job, a new boss has changed the dynamic at work, leaving Paige and her colleagues to compete for their jobs Death was final, but grief wasn t it was a dirty street fighter who rose again and again even when I thought I had successfully knocked it to the ground King of the sucker punches One night, staring at the condition of her lawn, remembering Jesse s obsession with ensuring it was perfect and reeling from her neighbor s anger at her neglect, she starts to dig Putting her hands in the dirt feels therapeutic, but she makes a mess As the hole gets bigger, she decides she s going to turn the entire backyard into a vegetable and herb garden, which again runs her afoul of her neighbor and others in her perfectly ordered and manicured community Yet for the first time, she doesn t really care.She s determined to make her garden work, but she s barely holding it together otherwise Her son is hurting and angry, her boss is disappointed and wondering if he should cut her loose, and her homeowners association is on her tail, but little by little she realizes she s the only one who can rescue her life With the help of friends old and new, and the interest of a kind policeman, she starts to take root into her new reality, no matter how difficult it may be.Even though you ve seen this story before, in Loretta Nyhan s hands, it s so engaging, enjoyable, and poignant Paige is a tremendously sympathetic character, yet she has her flaws, and it s fascinating as she realizes that some of the things that brought her so much comfort throughout her marriage might have left her at a disadvantage now But as much as she just wants to put her head in the sand and just mourn Jesse forever, she knows she must pull herself and her life together, for her sake as well as her son s.The way each person deals with grief in this situation is very different, but some of the emotions Paige experiences I ve seen in my mother as she has navigated life since my father s death nearly four years ago Incredibly, Nyhan was in the middle of writing this book when she lost her own husband, which certainly increases the poignancy of this book and Paige s story There certainly are moments which might bring a tear to your eye, but this isn t a maudlin book in any way it s warm and immensely readable, and I nearly read the entire book in a day.Lake Union Publishing made this available throughs First Reads program Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at