Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heartsong and a Giveaway

If you're a gardener, you can only imagine what it would be like to run a five-acre nursery specializing in plants for butterflies and hummingbirds. Despite  the trials and tribulations of weather, disease and insects the Sweet Shepherd Nursery in rural Oregon is in the confident hands of Charly Shepherd manager, and her father Barry.
Weather does spoil the crops one year though and the Sisterhood of Shepherds; Faith, Hope and Charly do what they all know best. And that is, save the family business.
Heartsong by Nicola Furlong evoked a heartwarming feeling as I came to know the members of the Shepherd family. I could identify with the same problems of misunderstanding or impatience that took place between them and as the story evolved, I desperately wanted to see them succeed in saving their nursery. The butterfly on the cover has a special meaning toward the solution.
However, Barry suffers a serious health setback and to make matters worse while out one evening during recovery he collapses. When questioned, his granddaughter replies 'it was like he had seen a ghost." Now the book becomes intriguing as Charly and her sisters try to solve the mystery behind the secret that their father is hiding.
Furlong has included some wonderful quotes throughout the book such as "There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder" ~Alfred Austin~ and "The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world." ~Charles Dudley Warner~
I've always said gardening and drinking tea go hand in hand and when the Sisterhood of Shepherds sit down to tea and fresh scones to discuss the family affairs, you feel like you are right at the table with them.
Furlong sent me the book as a PDF to download and read on a computer (or iPad as I did) and has graciously given permission to give away a copy to one of my readers. If you would like your name entered in the draw for the giveaway of a PDF copy, let me know in your comment and the giveaway of course is open to everyone as there are no mailing costs involved this time. The draw will be on Sunday, August 31.
This is Nicola Furlong who supplied me with the photos for my book review. She is an avid gardener and  gardens in a small seaside town on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Thank you for the opportunity to review your book, I love the cover!  Many of my blogger friends are passionate gardeners too and I know they will enjoy reading Heartsong.

26 comments:

  1. Hi Judith,
    Your butterfly pics with your lavender are absolutely gorgeous in your previous post! So amazing! Your book does sound like a lovely read too! Thank you for visiting me. Have a wonderful week. Karen

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nicola is a wonderful person to work with. I've enjoyed our publishing experience, and I love Heartsong. You can feel the love throughout the book.
    Nice interview, Nicola. I could enjoy a scone right now!

    Kathy Cretsinger, Mantle Rock Publsihing

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sound like a great book! I would like to enter the giveaway! The scones do look yummy! Enjoy your day!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I read and loved Nicola's book. Even for those of us who know very little about gardening, it is an excellent read. Makes me wish I knew more!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This will go on my must read list. We live almost half way between Oregon and Vancouver Island . . .

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you for the interesting review. This really sounds like my type of book and I'd love to know the significance of the butterfly on the cover. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Many thanks

    Ruth

    ReplyDelete
  7. Please enter me, Judith, for the lovely giveaway. Of course, the picture of the scones is making me want to make some!

    ReplyDelete
  8. It sounds like a fascinating book, but please don't enter me into the giveaway as I am overrun with books at the moment, and I am sure that someone else could enjoy it far sooner than I could! xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. The book sounds very good. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win a copy.
    Hugs, Beth

    ReplyDelete
  10. This sounds like the kind of book I would love to read. And of course I love her name, as that is our daughter's name and she lives on Vancouver Island too :) I'd love to be entered into the give away.

    ReplyDelete
  11. What a wonderful book and a bit of a mystery too...just what I love!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh, I would love to be entered in this giveaway please :-) I love to have a beautiful garden. We just moved into a small home with a huge backyard. Come spring, Hubby and I will set up a nice vege garden and flowers around it. My mom and I will both enjoy this book, she'll be joining me in Canada very soon...

    ReplyDelete
  13. Sounds like a very warm and interesting book. Something I would truly feel blessed to read,a book I could get lost in for several hours. Thank you for this opportunity and hopefully whoever is blessed to receive will truly enjoy! Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  14. It sounds like an interesting book!

    ReplyDelete
  15. This definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy, so thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Sounds like an interesting book and I'm going to look up the town where the author lives. Can't be too far away!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ooooh, I'd LOVE to read this book! Please count me in! Those blue Himalayan poppies are glorious! Oh to live in a more temperate zone...

    ReplyDelete
  18. The book sounds like one I would enjoy too. I just read a 'hard' book and could use a different one now. Thanks! Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a nice share.
    You are right , very few things as delightfully delicious as a fresh scone and a culpa tea had in the garden !

    ReplyDelete
  20. What a pretty garden she is growing. This sounds like an intriguing story... Tea and scones...now there's a concept. I am baking bread...should have thought of scones.

    ReplyDelete
  21. A big blooming thank you to all the kind folks who have commented.

    It's so cool to learn that others might enjoy Heartsong...possibly even as much as one of my fresh cheese scones.

    Love to hear what you think of the novel. Cheers!

    Nicola Furlong

    ReplyDelete
  22. What a beautiful page! I would love the opportunity to win this book. Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful Judith. Those light blue flowers are gorgeous. I'd love to be entered in the contest!

    Have a great long weekend. It's supposed to rain hard here tomorrow.

    Diane

    ReplyDelete
  24. Those blue poppies had me at hello!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thank you!

    I'm so glad to receive comments and compliments about my Himalayan blue poppies. They're very finicky to grow, but the colour is worth it!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to leave a comment.
If you have a 'no reply' status on your blog I hope you'll consider changing this to enable others to email a question or continue a conversation from the comments.
Judith

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...