Always Green

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Garden Gates Book 2 Mibby Garrett isn’t asking for much, just a white knight to rescue her from lonely widowhood, her faltering garden design business, and an unrelenting drought. Or she’d settle for a super dad to guide her son, Ky, through the harrowing years of adolescence. Instead, her free-spirited mother and acerbic sister show up on her doorstep, only magnifying her loneliness. Mentor and friend Louise reminds Mibby that God’s blessings flow during droughts of the land and droughts of the heart. Can Mibby ...
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Garden Gates Book 2 Mibby Garrett isn’t asking for much, just a white knight to rescue her from lonely widowhood, her faltering garden design business, and an unrelenting drought. Or she’d settle for a super dad to guide her son, Ky, through the harrowing years of adolescence. Instead, her free-spirited mother and acerbic sister show up on her doorstep, only magnifying her loneliness. Mentor and friend Louise reminds Mibby that God’s blessings flow during droughts of the land and droughts of the heart. Can Mibby put her confidence in Him and discover what it means to be always green and growing?
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Inspirational Romance Writers
"Always Green is a story that is filled with larger than life characters that the reader will truly be able to connect to and care about. There is truly a small part of Mibby in all of us and as a result this book will touch many....

Ms. Hill is a very talented writer. She creates a world that the reader is not only comfortable in, but well entertained at that. I look forward to reading this talented author again in the future, and suggest that if you're a sucker for a emotional roller-coaster of a ride [then] this author is for you."

Wendy Keel
"Fans of Inspirational Women’s Fiction have another great book to devour with Patti Hill’s ALWAYS GREEN. Ms. Hill again takes us for a walk with Mibby Garrett and her struggles to overcome the loss of her husband. This is a continuation of LIKE A WATERED GARDEN, and I do feel you’d be better served by reading that book first.... There is a touch more romance in ALWAYS GREEN that I found I enjoyed. The struggles Mibby faces are realistic and her reactions are true to her character. The story is well written and has secondary characters you can’t help but love. I recommend Patti Hill’s latest addition in the Garden Gates series to anyone who enjoys Women’s Fiction with Inspirational touches."
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"The characters...are delightfully and truthfully drawn...lyrical...a wonderfully absorbing story... an exceptional, fun-to-read novel."( Five stars )
Andrea Sisco
"This is a gentle and poignant story of a woman's struggles and her determination, strength and faith in facing head on everything the world throws at her. The characters are inviting and the plot is satisfying. It will draw you in, make you root for Mibby and then celebrate the successes."
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"Patti Hill is an amazing artist, painting word pictures with her watercolor pen as she writes her fabulous novels. Ms. Hill combines unique imagery with gardening terminology and real-to-life characters to paint amazingly beautiful pictures in the minds of her readers. ALWAYS GREEN is the sequel to LIKE A WATERED GARDEN, and is a novel sure to have gardening enthusiasts and mothers alike yearning for more of this talented new author's work. I have truly enjoyed reading the two novels in this series, and hope for more with bated breath and crossed fingers."
Vanessa Ng
"Patti Hill has proven she is a master of the written word. Always Green flows effortlessly through Mibby's tumultuous summer, weaving characters, plot, and description into a vibrantly written canvas. Each chapter opens with a delightful diary notation to draw us into Mibby's world of all things garden....

Although I hadn't read Like A Watered Garden, the first book in the Garden Gates series, I could easily follow the storyline in this sequel. Always Green is a wonderful story that easily stands on its own."
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Lori Graham
"Patti Hill has outdone herself with this latest work - words like charming, touching, encouraging, affirming, quaint, funny, and poignant come to mind. Always Green, while it may be a sequel, is an incredibly well written story. She takes several characters and shows their human sides. She doesn’t shrink from the painful side of being human but illustrates how pain can be turned into something positive and beautiful. She reminds us through her characters that we aren’t always aware of what another human being is walking or working through in their own life and showing a bit of love always works towards the sunnier side of human nature. While Always Green is a continuation of the first in the series, this new journey will truly stand alone to anyone who would pick it up. The imagery she creates with her use of the diary notations and the descriptive scenes laid out through the characters and places make it easy for the reader to truly become a part of the 'garden."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764229381
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Garden Gates Series , #2
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    I'm a guy and liked the book

    Patty Hill's sequal to her first book, Like a Watered Garden, was a satisfying and rewarding read. Writing characters that stay in mind during the day like all good friends, Ms. Hill's book is one I recommend to friends -- including guys. We recognize ourselves in the men -- both the main character's son and the men in her life. Writing with clarity, humor and honesty I found myself asking the book's questions -- loyalty, friendship and faith -- of myself. Books that make me think and laugh are books worth reading. This is one of the books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    loved it

    Patti Hill has written another beautiful novel. From the moment you meet Mibby hiding in her deceased husband's closet, trying to remember his smell, you fall in love with her (in my case, I fell in love with her all over again, because I'd already read and loved Like a Watered Garden). The characters are so real you feel you've met all of them somewhere before. You can't put it down until it's finished, and then you feel like emailing the author and asking her when #3 will be ready!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    Always Green is always real

    Always Green, sequel to Like a Watered Garden, by Patti Hill is for every woman who feels overwhelmed. Main character Mibby Garrett faces challenges readers can relate to--moving forward after her husband¿s death, raising a teenage son alone, making ends meet as a self-employed landscape designer and gardener, entering the wacky world of dating, coming to terms with her mother¿s eccentricities, and helping her cancer-stricken friends. Hill makes Mibby human enough to fall on her face a few times and injects humor throughout the plot. Faithful friends help Mibby grow closer to God, but the book is never preachy. Hill¿s writing has grown, too, with more character development, better plot pacing, and more singing sentences. I¿m looking forward to finding out what happens to Mibby in book #3!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    wonderful healing of love story

    Her husband Scott has been dead for twenty months, but Mibby Garrett still mourns her loss though she is starting to go out on dates as he would have expected her to do. She is more concerned for their son Ky who has been acting strange lately even for a teenager. She wonders if he misses the influence of an older male. --- Mibby is elated that her stepdaughter Andrea, a San Francisco schoolteacher, is spending the summer with her, but worries that the 100 degree weather is devastating her gardening business with a customer claiming incompetence and firing her. However, even worse than a busted water heater is that her best friend Louise suffers from cancer. Praying all the time for Louise, Mibby meets Louise¿s son Larry who moved home to help his mother. Larry and Mibby are attracted to one another perhaps something good can come out of something potentially bad as God works in mysterious ways. --- ALWAYS GREEN, the sequel to the first Garden Gates tale LIKE A WELL-WATERED GARDEN, returns much of the cast from the previous novel. This fine family drama focuses on a wonderful protagonist struggling with teen angst, budding romance and associated guilt, her business tottering near ruin, and the health of her best friend. Through all this Job-lite woes, Mibby keeps an optimistic attitude for fear of letting down her loved ones who depend on her for inspiration. She wonders who will she turn to though Larry applies for the job, but Mibby doubts they are suited for one another, Mibby is a strong character who keeps the deep poignant yet gentle story line focused. Patti Hill provides a wonderful healing of love story. --- Harriet Klausner

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