Viola Shipman (the pseudonym for a male author) has successfully been writing fiction that appeals to women. I think that this is his sixth book. The author chose his nom de plume to honor his grandmother.
I think that this author has found a winning formula. The novels are appealing and full of humanity. This new book is about two women, each of whom has faced trauma and grief. The older protagonist, appropriately named Iris as you will understand when reading the book, lost both her husband and her daughter. The thing that keeps her going is her garden, though it is a very private one. The second protagonist is Abby whose husband suffers PTSD, leading this family to be under strain as well. How these characters come together forms the basis for this novel.
This book is one that fans of this author will welcome I am sure. New readers may want to give it a read as well.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
NOTE THAT THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY AN E BOOK BARGAIN AT $2.99.