The Naked Gardener

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In a remote forest of northern Vermont, Katelyn Cross takes five women on a wilderness canoe trip where they hope to come up with ideas for saving their dying town. Although the river is not always what it seems and the women have not left their problems behind, a painting ritual creates a new way to look at the world - and themselves.

Artist Katelyn Cross loves Greg Mazur and he loves her. He wants to be married but a previous relationship that went sour has made Katelyn overly...

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In a remote forest of northern Vermont, Katelyn Cross takes five women on a wilderness canoe trip where they hope to come up with ideas for saving their dying town. Although the river is not always what it seems and the women have not left their problems behind, a painting ritual creates a new way to look at the world - and themselves.

Artist Katelyn Cross loves Greg Mazur and he loves her. He wants to be married but a previous relationship that went sour has made Katelyn overly cautious about any permanent commitment. And what about Greg's first wife? He lost her to cancer and Katelyn worries that he's only looking for a replacement. What's a girl to do? Canoe down a river with five gal pals, camp out, catch fish, talk about life and men. The problem is, a river can be as unpredictable as any relationship and just as hard to manage. On their last day, when the river turns wild, the women face the challenge of a lifetime and find that staying alive means saving themselves first while being open to help from a most unlikely source. As Katelyn navigates the raging water, she learns how to overcome her fear of change in a world where nothing stays the same. When Katelyn returns to her garden, she'll face one more obstacle and the naked gardener will meet the real Greg Mazur.

What readers are saying about The Naked Gardener:

Lyrical ... Scandalous ... Empowering ... Exhilarating ... Honest ... Sensual ... Fun ... Gentle ... Pleasurable ... Transporting ... Timeless

In her first novel, award winning writer L B Gschwandtner explores the push and pull of love, a woman's need to maintain her individuality within marriage, and the bonds that can make women stronger even when the world feels as if it's breaking apart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453734865
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

L B Gschwandtner is married, the mother of three daughters, a writer, magazine editor, artist, and co-owner with her husband of an integrated media business.
She has received prizes from two Writer's Digest Writing Competitions, one from The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, and one of her stories was short listed by the Tom Howard Short Story Contest. Her work has appeared in various journals including Del Sol Review and a prose poem has been included in the anthology "Oil and Water and Other things That Don't Mix."
She is the founder of TheNovelette.com, which offers no-fee, themed, short story contests for emerging writers.
She lives in Virginia.
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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    "What you feel is your own to tend. No one can share it. No

    "What you feel is your own to tend. No one can share it. No one can endure it for you. No one can inhabit your world but you."

    Katelyn loves Maze, he loves her, there is no denying that. Maze wants to get married but Katelyn has had her heart broken before and likes things just the way they are. They have recently brought a farm in Vermont and spend time there each summer.

    Katelyn has made a friend and a few acquaintances. They meet up one day and decide to take a trip. A canoe trip down the local river. Six women, three canoes and they are going to take a break from their lives for three days and camp out, catch fish and get to know each other better. Maze is not behind this plan at all but there is not stopping Katelyn.

    The river and the trip takes a wild turn and some great friendships bloom including one very unlikely one.

    Dollycas's Thoughts
    This was one of the first free books I had on my Kindle and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. The story was like a breathe of fresh air as I sit watching my own flowers bloom.

    I had heard nothing about this story and didn't read any reviews or even much of the synopsis before ordering it. With a title The Naked Gardener I wasn't sure what I was getting into but I can honestly say I will never look at a garden the same way again.

    Katelyn's journey in the story as well as all six women's journey down the river was a delight to read and offered much insight to my own journey through this world. "We have only a small corner where we can make a difference and a short time to try. But if we start in one small place, no one can predict how much difference that little corner might make."

    This is the author's first novel and it is so beautifully written. Her descriptions of the garden and the river almost transport you right there. This book is about friendship, love, being a strong woman and making our own choices, so much more than gardening naked.

    This is a very fast read and I give it my highest recommendation. Make it a book group choice or read it with a group of your friends, it would make a great read for a girl's weekend. Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    A Thought Provoking Story for Women of All Ages

    This is a most marvelously written story of the lives modern women live and especially about how (and whether it is possible) to remain true to yourself while in intimate relationships. There is exciting adventure involved, beautiful descriptive prose, likeable characters a woman can relate too. In the end, it's a truly feel-good story. What is this story missing? Absolutely nothing!

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    Beautifully written, artistic, and touching.

    Reviewed by Amie Lou:
    Six women, three days, and one river. When I first read the blurb, I was afraid I was about to read Deliverance with women.

    I couldn't have been more wrong. The Naked Gardener is the story of six women of varying ages, walks of life, and personalities coming into themselves. It's a poignant story of discovery, self-acceptance, and understanding.
    Katelyn had always wanted to canoe down the Trout River, more specifically the Trout River Falls.

    And when the women of the city council need a gimmick to save their dying town, the ladies use brainstorming ideas as the perfect excuse for the "girls only" weekend canoe trip. It is the quintessential "girls night out"--on steroids.

    But the trip turns out to be much more than a way to figure out how to save the town. Each woman brings her own individual angst, issues, and problems on what turns out to be a very enlightening and fateful trip.

    Beautifully written, artistic, and touching, The Naked Gardner is a novel of coming to terms. Each character has to discover, reveal, and accept who they are, the changes they face, and the lives they are living at that moment in time.

    There's a piece of every one of these women in us all. Hope the virgin, Valerie the aging beauty queen, and Katelyn who's afraid to get her heart broken again. As for the others? Well, I can't spoil the story. You'll just have to read it for yourself.

    Quote: From Katelyn "Artists have all of the same struggles everyone else has. Except they rarely make enough money to live on, and they have the extra burden of being pushed internally by ideas and visions that nobody else has. It's not a decision. It's built in."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Wonderful Story of Self-Exploration, Adventure and Female Bonding

    The Naked Gardener is a terrific read. It begins with a character who is very easy for modern women to relate to - torn between the chance to marry her lovably flawed live in boyfriend and her desire to remain independent. When the all-female town council of her small, sleepy Vermont village decides to go on a river rafting trip to discuss ideas on how to save the town, Caitlyn is their guide.

    As it turns out, the other women are guides to her as well. They become an unlikely cadre of friends, each with her own secrets and needs, and when the river turns wild they find they must all depend on each other in ways they didn't anticipate. The Naked Gardener is a tribute to the tension between our desire to stand on our own and our desire to be a part of something larger than ourselves and the ending is both belivable and tender.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    The Naked Gardner- A Must-Read!

    L B Gschwandtner had me at THE NAKED GARDNER. The title alone grabbed my attention and piqued my curiosity more than any book had in a long time. And when I read that one of my favorite authors, Kim Wright (Love in Mid Air) had given it her seal of approval, I was sold. And as I turned page after page, I completely lost track of time. I was immediately lost in the world of artist Katelyn Cross who, among other things, secretly gardens in the nude. But of course the book is about so much more than that- it's about love, commitment, fear of commitment, trust, friendship and fear. Katelyn takes five friends on a wilderness canoe trip to get away from the real world, camp out and dish about life and men. But on their last day away, the women face the challenge of a lifetime while they attempt to stay alive... The book is riveting, juicy, relatable, intriguing, entertaining and honest. And kind of makes me want to garden naked... although I'd have to take up gardening first :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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