Front Yard

Front Yard

by Norman Draper


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Front Yard by Norman Draper

Livia is a quiet Midwestern suburb known for its green-thumbed residents and their impeccable yards—but this summer, they'll be digging up a lot more than weeds. . .

George and Nan Fremont are renowned among their neighbors for their meticulously manicured backyard. Now that the weather's warming up, it's time for them to give their neglected front yard a much-needed makeover. Luckily, their daughter Mary and their gardening intern Shirelle are around to help.

But a bevy of meddlers stonewall their latest project before they can even dig in. Shirelle's college advisor, Dr. Brockheimer, is a little too enamored with the Fremonts' gardening prowess. Livia's resident historian, Miss Price, seems to be hiding something about the history of their property. And their nosy neighbor, Jim Graybill, is forever scanning their lawn for buried treasures with his beloved metal detector—but could he actually be onto something for once?

Trouble is in full bloom in Livia, but with a trowel in one hand and a glass of merlot in the other, George and Nan count on everything coming up roses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617733079
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Norman Draper spent 35 years as a newspaper reporter before leaving journalism in 2011. An avid gardener in thought, if not in deed, he is always up to the task of uncorking a bottle of Sagelands 2007 merlot and checking in on his beloved Minnesota Twins. Draper lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his wife, Jennifer, and has two grown sons, Sam and Ed. Visit him on the web at

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Front Yard 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NicoS More than 1 year ago
After winning Burdick’s Best Yard Contest last year, George and Nan Fremont have decided to focus their attention on their sorry-looking front yard. With the help of their daughter and her friend, they manage to cultivate an immaculate garden that is the envy, yet again, of local gardeners. However, it isn’t just gardeners they have to be worried about this time. Now there are treasure hunters interested in their property as well! Although this is a sequel to Backyard, this book has a bit of a different feel to it. This one is more about the story instead of the characters. I loved the mystery aspect of the book. It had me hooked until the very end, waiting to see if there was indeed a treasure on the Fremonts’ property. And as stated above, this book wasn’t about the characters as much as the first, though we do get to meet up with familiar characters as well as several new ones. I thought the plot was excellent and I absolutely LOVED how the author tied everything up in the end. He doesn’t leave you hanging by any means and I appreciate that. The story was just fun and yet again, entertaining. It’s an engaging story and an easy read that can be devoured quickly. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something quirky and fun that’ll be sure to entertain!* *Note that there is a bit of rough language in places. (I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. The above opinions are entirely my own.)
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
OMG this is the goofiest book I have ever read. Nan and George Fremont have the best lawn in the whole town of Livia. They have a sign that says so. They also have an enemy who thinks that sign should be in her yard. The measures that she will go to to get that sign are fricking hilarious and ridiculous. They also have a woman who used to own their property. She now works for the historical society and swears there is buried treasure on the Fremont's land. She will do anything to get to that buried treasure. She has two men who she calls on to help in her hellbent actions to get to that treasure. They are total idiots. I chuckled a lot during this book and there were a few laugh out loud moments. I have never seen so many idiotic tactics in my life. I mean the ruses were so blatant. Luckily Nan and George saw through most of them, even if it was already past happy hour. I really enjoyed this book. It was like nothing I have read before. It definitely kept me interested and laughing. I think in order to live in Livia, you have to be mental or just plain quirky. I did not come across a normal character throughout the whole book. I do have say the fight scene with the flowers was way too cheesy, but other than that, I enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it. Thanks Kensington Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I found it highly entertaining, enjoyable and very comical.