The Garden of Happy Endings

The Garden of Happy Endings

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The Garden of Happy Endings: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barbara O'Neal is one of the best women' fiction writers out there.. Her stories are warm, compassionate, romantic, and full of rich texture of places and food and pets and friendship. In Garden of Happy Endings, she weaves in a marvelous thread aof spiritualit since one of the protagonists, Elsa, is suffering a deep crisis of faith. The story isn't about a specific religion, but rather about faith and healing and forgiveness--and also love. HIGHLY recommended.
LWNILY More than 1 year ago
The Garden of Happy Endings is a story of momentary confusion of loss, regret, betrayal, fear and love, all emotions that we can relate to and understand. The characters are Elsa, Tamsin, Father Jack and Deacon McCoy. Elsa Montgomery is a minister. A shocking death in her community triggers a crisis of faith that sends her packing from Seattle, WA back to her hometown of Pueblo, CO. Shaken and disillusioned, Elsa confides in her sister, Tamsin, and her dear friend, Father Jack, looking for answers and seeking spirit. Struggling through her grief, she finds her sister also struggling having lost everything because her husband was caught juggling books in his favor. They turn a vacant rundown lot across from the church into a community garden. Elsa volunteers to work in the soup kitchen and wants to help get the garden ready for spring planting. Then there is Deacon McCoy, who lends an expert hand in the garden and so on and so forth. Good story. Will keep you entertained.
katbella More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. She is the best you can't go wrong with a Barbara O'Neal( Barbara Samuel) book.
ShellyWasserman More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I’ve read by Barbara O’Neal and I’ve loved both. The author writes women’s fiction with a touch of mysticism, reminding me of Alice Hoffman’s books. While it was a little more difficult for me to relate to Elsa, I did enjoy her character and the storyline’s theme of faith. While Elsa is the main protagonist of the book, we also follow along in her sister’s journey and that of her niece. Two men- a priest and a recovering alcoholic, are given voice in this story as well. All of them are at a crossroads in their lives and must rely on faith to get them through. It’s the way I try to live my life and I found this a compelling story to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be my favorite out of all the Barbara O'Neal's books. Her stories pull at your heart strings. The Garden of Happy Endings has a great story. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as usual, barbara o'neal doesn't disapoint. the characters were interesting, with enough twists and turns in the story to keep you guessing. i didn't want the book to end-can't wait for her next one!
to-read-is-to-live More than 1 year ago
In this one a very good book goes quickly to below average with an ending that was never fleshed out. It is like someone different wrote the last chapters. I think the story at its core is very good. If the ending was rewritten in a professional, complete way that fit with the way the rest of the book was written it would be a 5 star book. Very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all this author's books, reading them over and over. I really enjoyed the religious aspect of this book. Very interesting change of pace. This book will make you happy. All her books are uplifting. Women finding themselves and becoming stronger in the process. Of course like all her other books this one made me hungry! Great read. You can't go wrong with this book!
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a thought provoking book this is. Elsa is a minister in a Seattle church who finds herself questioning her calling after the murder of one of her parishioners. Elsa has had a long history of being disappointed by God, starting with her run in with a misogynist Catholic priest in her youth. After being told by her church council that she needs to take a sabbatical, she ends up working with her lifelong friend, Joaquin, now a priest in their home town. She has a history with Father Jack, which led to one of her breaks with God, but they have both worked through it... or so they think. Elsa finds herself working on a community garden and developing an attraction to Deacon, the landscaper who is helping the church set up the garden. I read this book the same week a young child was killed in a horrific accident in our state. I had a discussion with two co-workers about how hard I found it to believe that God would have a plan for us that could include such a terrible thing. Elsa has the same questions in this book. She has kept her faith in God for most of her life even when it has been hard to do so-she has turned her back on Him but came back every time. I think that Ms. O’Neal does an excellent job in portraying the anguish that a person with a religious calling would have when they question whether their own faith is strong enough to keep going. That said the book is hopeful and positive even as Elsa is struggling. There is a side plot involving Tamsin, Elsa’s sister, who loses everything overnight when her financier husband disappears and is subsequently discovered to have bilked people out of millions of dollars. Tamsin has a crisis of physical loss-she has no money, no home, no job and no hope of getting any of those things in the immediate future. Her daughter is overseas and has no idea of what is happening so Tamsin has the additional burden of keeping her circumstance a secret from her own child. As always, Ms. O’Neal gives us a story with many layers that we can relate to even if our situation is not the same as the main character. Her characters survive life’s vagaries and find their own brand of happiness. Isn’t that what we all strive for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. 316 pages - some romance without sex scenes.
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Happy Birthday to the person thats turned 15 on monday! And dude with the comment below her, did u really just ask that? Anyway i am so exited about this book! I bet its great! Thanks for all ur info people! I think im ganna get the book! Thanjs again!