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The First Gardener [Paperback]

By Denise Hildreth Jones (Author)
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Overview
Jeremiah Williams has been tending the gardens of the Tennessee governor's mansion for more than 25 years. After tragedy strikes the current governor's family, Jeremiah realizes that his gift of gardening is about far more than pulling weeds and planting flowers. It's about tending hearts as well.

Publishers Description
Jeremiah Williams has been tending the gardens of the Tennessee governor's mansion for over twenty-five years. And like most first families who have come and gone, this one has stolen his heart. Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, have struggled for ten years to have a child and are now enjoying a sweet season of life--anticipating the coming reelection and sending their precious daughter, Maddie, off to kindergarten--when a tragedy tears their world apart. As the entire state mourns, Mackenzie falls into a grief that threatens to swallow her whole. Though his heart is also broken, Jeremiah realizes that his gift of gardening is about far more than pulling weeds and planting flowers. It's about tending hearts as well. As he uses the tools that have been placed in his hands, he gently begins to cultivate the hard soil of Mackenzie's heart, hoping to help her realize what it took him years to discover. A Southern tale of loss, love, and living, "The First Gardner" reminds us that all of life is a gift, but our heart is the most valuable gift of all.

From Publishers Weekly
The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones is a heartwarming tale focused on the first family of the Tennessee governor and his staff. Jones is a master of description, effortlessly placing the reader in the center of the story through her words. With the perfect balance of tender and intense moments, she tells this heart-wrenching tale in a way that will not allow the reader to put down the book. Even when the perspective switches back and forth between different characters, Jones keeps it genuine and honest.

The story centers on Gray and Mackenzie London, the Governor of Tennessee and his wife, who struggle with infertility. After ten years of sorrow and disappointment, they finally have their precious daughter Maddie. Jones shows the difficulties they face in everyday life, from marriage to politics. Even though they are a first family, they go through the same struggles as everyone else. With faith in God, time, patience, and love, they find hope and healing amidst their trials.

From the riveting descriptions that will make the readers taste, see, smell, and feel the action, to the intense or tender moments that will have everyone empathizing with the characters, this original and vivid story by Denise Hildreth Jones will keep readers captivated every page of the way. This book is a perfect story for any woman, young or old, looking for a good book with a positive outlook on life. Taylor Lake, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Awards and Recognitions
The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • INSPYs the Bloggers Awards for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature - 2013 Winner - General Fiction category


Citations And Professional Reviews
The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Romantic Times - 08/01/2011 page 74
  • Library Journal - 06/15/2011 page 68
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/20/2011


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   419
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.58" Height: 1.04"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2011
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  141433558X  
ISBN13  9781414335582  


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Publishers description for The First Gardener...


Jeremiah Williams has been tending the gardens of the Tennessee governor's mansion for over twenty-five years. And like most first families who have come and gone, this one has stolen his heart. Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, have struggled for ten years to have a child and are now enjoying a sweet season of life--anticipating the coming reelection and sending their precious daughter, Maddie, off to kindergarten--when a tragedy tears their world apart. As the entire state mourns, Mackenzie falls into a grief that threatens to swallow her whole. Though his heart is also broken, Jeremiah realizes that his gift of gardening is about far more than pulling weeds and planting flowers. It's about tending hearts as well. As he uses the tools that have been placed in his hands, he gently begins to cultivate the hard soil of Mackenzie's heart, hoping to help her realize what it took him years to discover. A Southern tale of loss, love, and living, "The First Gardner" reminds us that all of life is a gift, but our heart is the most valuable gift of all.


More About Denise Hildreth Jones

Denise Hildreth-Jones is a writer and international speaker for women's ministries, churches, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Denise began her career more than 17 years ago writing for other people. She eventually ventured into the world of fiction with her first novel, "Savannah from Savannah," and has since published several books. Her novels have been featured in "Southern Living"; hailed as "smart and witty" by" Library Journal;" and chosen for the Pulpwood Queen's and Women of Faith book clubs. And her recent novel is "Hurricanes in Paradise." Denise makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, five bonus children, and two dogs and enjoys a good book and a Coca-Cola. Visit her website at www.denisehildreth.com or the popular community and blog resource for singles she has created called "Flying Solo" at www.denisehildreth.typepad.com.

Denise Hildreth Jones was born in 1969.

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2Christian Books > Fiction > Romance
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Reviews - What do customers think about First Gardener?

One of the best!!!  Jul 29, 2013
Not having read any books written by Denise, I had no idea what to expect. I'm not a big fan of contemporary fiction. But being a southerner, the setting and the cover enticed me to choose this book. I am so glad!!!

With a myriad of characters, this is one emotional roller coaster ride. From a child's giddy laughter to a gardner's silent prayers you will be taken to depths and heights you cannot imagine in this jewel of a book!

I must admit when I began reading I realized fairly quickly what was going to happen. That being said, it took awhile for events to unfold and in that time my anger began to build toward Mackenzie. I thought she was too indulgent and that was going to be trouble. Basically, I was blaming her ahead of time for what I knew was going to happen. Yep. It did. Can you tell I'm involved in this book yet?!

What I ignored, in my humanity, is that God is the One in control! There is nothing we can do to thwart God's plan but when tragedy strikes we must not play the blame game (even toward ourselves) because there is no one to blame. God holds all things in His capable hands and He is the One we must lean on in our darkest hour!

Of course Mackenzie's husband, the governor, and her mom play important rolls in the book but Jeremiah, The First Gardner, is the one I fell in love with. He's an old man with a heart of gold! I only wish I had a tenth of the servant heart and green thumb that he does. His quiet strength, unwavering love and wisdom are treasures that make this book shine. Oh, that we all could have a Jeremiah in our lives!

Bravo Denise!!! I highly recommend this book to everyone! It is a must read from this reviewers point of view whether you like contemporary fiction or not. You won't be disappointed. You might laugh, and cry, and get mad but you'll come out the better for it! I fully intend on reading it again. The only thing that could have possibly made it better is if those lovely orchids on the cover had been embossed :)

I want to thank Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
 
Heartwrenching but drenched in Love  Jul 23, 2013
One couple...two tragedies.
If one death could steal your joy, then what would two deaths do, steal your soul?
Gray and Mackenzie are brought from joy to despair to hope and then thrown into the pit of hell.
A review will never capture the essence of what this story does. It shows that no matter how big the hurt, the pain, the hope, etc., nothing is too big for God.

The chapters intermingled with Jeremiah's POV give a true Southern taste and how deep our roots go when it come to leaning and trusting our Lord. This story had me laughing and a lot of times--crying (and that is hard to do). Riveting at its best, and poignant at its worst, I have never read such a story with such heartfelt sincerity and bold honesty.

As Jeremiah says: "When God call you to sump'n big, ever'thing in your life gon' be big. Your mountains and your valleys--they all goin' be big. And this here valley, it be as big as any I ever see..."

Denise Hildreth Jones walks the reader through a life of happiness and pain, but more importantly--growth. It's a big story showing growth in oneself, growth in marriage, growth in friendship, growth in spirit, and most importantly growth in knowledge. God owes us nothing, but He gives us everything.
 

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