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From Barnes & NobleIn this graceful debut, Carrie Brown undertakes the difficult task of telling a beautifully sentimental story in a simple and believable way.
Seventy-five-year-old Conrad has spent the last four months since his beloved wife's death in a crippling depression. He was married to his Rose for more than 50 years, and theirs was a true love match that only grew more intense with the passage of time. Conrad has neglected not only himself during these months of grieving but also Rose's beloved garden. It is in that garden, slowly sliding into decline, that an angel appears on a stormy night. At first Conrad is reluctant to trust his own eyes, because the angel appears to be his own long-dead father-in-law, Lemuel. Lemuel, a dear friend and mentor to Conrad in life, has come to assure him of Rose's love and to deliver a message: "Go home." Conrad is disappointed to learn that "home" does not mean heaven and a reunion with Rose, but instead refers to his life on earth and his role as a member of the community of the living.
Overcome with a need to share the news of his angelic encounter, Conrad sits down and writes a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. In the letter, he invites visitors to come to the garden between the hours of four and six to see the site of his miraculous vision. The letter has an unexpected effect. Suddenly, friends and neighbors arrive to share their own mysterious and sacred experiences. Among those drawn to Conrad is a young woman who was a gardening protégé of Rose's. Through this friendship and a renewed involvement with the world around him, Conrad begins to achieve a genuine appreciation of the beauty that exists in the everyday and the true value of his life.
A deeply moving tale of love and human strength, Rose's Garden is as magical as the appearance of the first buds of spring.