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  1. says:

    Everything can be learned you know? Some people learn sooner others later Not a big deal if the outcome is the sameGuys this book wrecked me I've been a fan of Loretta's writing since her previous novel  All The Good Parts was released I was left itching for of her witty charm and boy did I find it here Her novels are emotional for sure but they still manage to deal with tough themes in an upbeat and hilarious way When I pick up one of her books I feel as though instead of reading the book she's relaying it to me over a glass of wine It gives the impression we're just two good friends curled up on the couch and she's telling me the latest tale that's manifested in her brain It's rare for this to happen for me but when it does these books receive an automatic 5 star rating and glowing reviewBefore I jump into the book itself I think it's important to note that you're getting as authentic of a story as possible when it comes to  Digging In Nyhan has written in detail about the experience on her Goodreads review of this book found here but I'll give you the spark notes version A few years ago the author's husband left to play a round of golf and had a fatal heart attack right on the green She took this experience and turned it into a novel about how to find yourself again when the unthinkable happens and how to work through grief when it feels as if there's nowhere to go from there If you are the type of reader who connects with fiction that is propelled by real experiences this alone should put the book on your TBR That's the beauty of a garden she said Some stuff works some stuff doesn't and some stuff you think isn't working ends up producing the following year Keeps you living in a constant state of suspense so whatever comes you're grateful for itIf you decide to pick up  Digging In you'll find our main character Paige is struggling to cope with the loss of her husband Jesse two years after the tragic car wreck that took his life Her teenage son Trey is struggling in his own way too and the mother son relationship is taking it's toll as well  The struggle is real all around folks Paige has most certainly hit rock bottom when she suffers another tough loss and her job is on the line After a hazy night of weepy drinking she wakes up with a pounding headache and a giant hole in her backyard What follows is a journey of new beginnings new friendships new hobbies new opportunities and new love There is a whole lot of self healing along with a healing that bleeds out into a myriad of other relationships too By the end of the book you're left in a place of healthy hopeful bliss a place only Nyhan could take us toWhile this novel is for everyone I do think a number of seasoned mothers and 40 somethings will really appreciate the themes and connect with the characters There's so much relatable here to the hard working female who has done her job well for decades only to find herself being pushed out by the younger fresh crowd I know the overall theme of grief sounds heavy and depressing but honestly it was a joy to read this story I did shed a few tears but the majority of the novel's tone is upbeat and flat out hilarious I was doubled over laughing I was crying and I was moved I'm not sure what else I could want from a story and for that reason alone I will sing  Digging In's praises from the highest rooftop to anyone who will listen Highly HIGHLY recommended if you enjoy a feel good novel about love and loss Don't forget that this is a Kindle First pick for the month of March 2018; if you're an Prime member that means you can download it this month for free If you're not a prime member it's only 199 3Many thanks to the author for providing my copy

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    I don't know how to rate my own book Some days I'm likefive stars baby You've got it going on Other days? I could maybe maybe muster up one measly star Writers are fickle And very self critical Also maybe a little nutso from working alone all the time What I can say is that I'm very proud of this book I give my pride in it five stars Abso freaking lutelyThe initial idea for this book came from an article I read about ten years ago A local woman worked for the Chicago Tribune in the marketing department She saw the writing on the wall and knew she was going to get the heave ho She pre empted that by turning in her resignation going home and thinkingnow what? She decided to dig up her backyard and plant vegetables a one woman CSA People bought tickets all summer to come and pick what they wanted She made enough money to buy herself some precious time She was mid life and wanted to figure out what she really wanted to do I have no idea what happened to her but the story lit a slow burning fire in the house of my imagination one that flared off and on over the years After finishing my previous novel ALL THE GOOD PARTS I had some ideas for my next book bumping around in my brain but this memory kept rising elbowing the others to the side I started writing Paige's story tooling along uite nicely untilMy husband left to play a round of golf on a sunny Saturday morning in May of 2016 He never came home Massive heart attack Gone at age 45We'd been married almost twenty years Happy years I loved him and he loved me and we always had each other's backs The devastation nearly did me in I couldn't write a word Heck I could barely manage basic things like cooking and driving and laundry Grief messed with my brain turning me into a zombie for four or five months The energy I could muster went towards easing our boys into this new very different life one they never asked for and never ever would have wantedAbout five months after Tom died I went to the bookstore where I ran into a friend and fellow writer How's the writing going? she asked Terrible I said I can't write a thing The words won't come She hugged me It's because you only have one story in your head right now So that's what you need to writeSo that's what I did I wrote about how to find yourself again after tragedy I wrote about feelings of isolation and loneliness about guilt and fear and ultimately about discovering the strength to live again These are some heavy things but believe me this book is not a downer Humor is the key to finding joy in life And being able to feel that joy is essential in moving forward after lossI hope you enjoy Paige's story I hope you're entertained and moved and that it makes you think a little bit Maybe if you've experienced the devastation of losing someone close to you it'll offer some comfort Now that's worth five stars to meXOXOLoretta

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    My mother God rest her soulCouldn't understand why the only manShe had ever loved had been takenLeaving her to startWith a heart so badly brokenDespite encouragement from meNo words were ever spoken—Gilbert O'Sullivan Alone Again Naturally45 stars for this oneI loved this What a great storyJesse was a part of Paige's life since eighth grade and he was her only love Often it was the two of them against the world and she always knew she could count on her husband and their marriage Then one day an accidental tap of a highway median and it was all over—he left her alone with their teenage son TreyForever Till death do us part The thing is no one tells you what to do when the parting happens And they forget to explain that when death is sudden the parting is actually a ragged tear not a clean separation It leaves all the ends unfinished and they just unravel and unravel andThat was two years ago yet she's still drifting through life The house is in disrepair the yard is a shambles—much to the chagrin of her uptight neighbor whose anger seems excessive despite the number of dandelions and other weeds that have popped up Trey now a high school senior is getting increasingly frustrated with his mother's antics preferring the stability of a friend's house And even though she used to be able to coast at her advertising job a new boss has changed the dynamic at work leaving Paige and her colleagues to compete for their jobsDeath was final but grief wasn't; it was a dirty street fighter who rose again and again even when I thought I had successfully knocked it to the ground King of the sucker punchesOne night staring at the condition of her lawn remembering Jesse's obsession with ensuring it was perfect and reeling from her neighbor's anger at her neglect she starts to dig Putting her hands in the dirt feels therapeutic but she makes a mess As the hole gets bigger she decides she's going to turn the entire backyard into a vegetable and herb garden which again runs her afoul of her neighbor and others in her perfectly ordered and manicured community Yet for the first time she doesn't really careShe's determined to make her garden work but she's barely holding it together otherwise Her son is hurting and angry her boss is disappointed and wondering if he should cut her loose and her homeowners' association is on her tail but little by little she realizes she's the only one who can rescue her life With the help of friends old and new and the interest of a kind policeman she starts to take root into her new reality no matter how difficult it may beEven though you've seen this story before in Loretta Nyhan's hands it's so engaging enjoyable and poignant Paige is a tremendously sympathetic character yet she has her flaws and it's fascinating as she realizes that some of the things that brought her so much comfort throughout her marriage might have left her at a disadvantage now But as much as she just wants to put her head in the sand and just mourn Jesse forever she knows she must pull herself and her life together for her sake as well as her son'sThe way each person deals with grief in this situation is very different but some of the emotions Paige experiences I've seen in my mother as she has navigated life since my father's death nearly four years ago Incredibly Nyhan was in the middle of writing this book when she lost her own husband which certainly increases the poignancy of this book and Paige's story There certainly are moments which might bring a tear to your eye but this isn't a maudlin book in any way—it's warm and immensely readable and I nearly read the entire book in a dayLake Union Publishing made this available through 's First Reads program Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcom or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at

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    I’ve read some strong reviews for this one but I must admit that I found it ok but didn’t love itPayge is in her mid forties has been a widow for 2 years and she’ll still trying to find her footing Her relationship with her 17 year old son is shaky and her job with a small advertising agency seems to be hanging by a thread The story bumbles along somewhat predictably as Payge sinks to new lows and slowly makes her way uphill to a better place Along the way she digs up a crazy garden and makes new friendsDespite the starting point the tone of this novel is uite light Humorous and sentimental — it has a definite romcom feeling To me the best part of Digging In was the afterword in which the author describes losing her own husband at age 45 and how she and her two sons were helped and supported by family and friends With that context the book seems like the author’s own attempt to cope with her grief I have a lot of sympathy and can understand the need for a immersive project but I didn’t love the bookThanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy

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    Based solely on the blurb I figured that Digging In would be a fairly heavy read following Paige as she works through her grief after losing her husband While grief is definitely at the core of this novel it wasn’t depressing or bleak instead it was full of humor wit and heart which was just such a breath of fresh airSadly Nyhan lost her own husband so she has firsthand experience in the way a widow may feel and behave and while she acknowledges that her situation wasn’t exactly like Paige’s the authenticity is heavily apparent Paige was incredibly well drawn This isn’t a story about a bereaved woman who does everything perfectly and makes no mistakes It’s a realistic portrayal of a woman living the unthinkable who is just doing her best She’s trying and at the end of the day who can’t relate to someone who is simply trying to do their best?This was an effortless read I flew through it and loved every single page Yes there were sad moments especially watching Paige’s son Trey deal with the loss of his father two years on his struggle broke me But ultimately this was full of life vitality and humor the messy side of life the things that aren’t pretty but it was honest and really beautifully doneDigging In in three words Wise Witty and Affecting

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    Thank you so much to Publishing for providing my copy of DIGGING IN by Loretta Nyhan all opinions are my ownPaige once lived harmoniously with her husband and teenage son in a nice safe life But after her husband’s sudden death Paige’s grief takes ahold of her They lived in their own world for so long but that world shattered leaving emptiness loneliness and pain Now for the past two years Paige has been sleepwalking through life inadvertently neglecting her job her son and herself You might be thinking “wow this sounds depressing” but surprisingly it really isn’t It’s heartfelt and real but not overly sad Yes what happens is sad but the magic is that Lyhan can write about loss with so much emotion in every sentence all without making it feel depressingThe characters in DIGGING IN are real relatable and have so much heart I really love Paige Her character is witty clever interesting and fun She made me laugh and smile without even realizing it Basically it was like talking to an old friend which made it such an easy and enjoyable readThis story is about hope and starting over specifically when life hands you a really awful card and all you can do is just keep breathing I usually gravitate towards dark stories with sinister themes so this certainly isn’t my typical read but let me just tell you this book surprised me and I loved it Also I have to mention that I tend to go into a book blind and avoid reviews so when I read the acknowledgements I was taken aback First chills then sadness but also admiration because Nyhan does an amazing job writing this book under such heartbreaking circumstances

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    I want to scream from the rooftops I love this book What a delightful funny authentic and rather wise story about the healing power of gardening and the struggle to re root yourself after crippling loss Paige is an extraordinary heroine smart funny kind outspoken uirky You feel the rawness of her grief but there's no sentimentality and she has cracking good lines such as I'm trying to bring me back or I pressed the 'Pause' button on life and then lost the remote The supporting cast of characters is eually wonderful and off beat Officer Leprechaun who's first line to Paige had me in hysterics; Trey the teenager who struggles to understand why his mother is tearing up their back yard and refuses to learn how to drive; the grumpy neighbor with his own issues; and Paige's ragtag crew of new friends coworkers in her dysfunctional office and the organic gardener with carrots in her hair If you want to find humor hope and pure entertainment this is the book for you Did I mention that I loved it?

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    There’s something special in this book hidden between the pages yet shared with us at the same time Author Loretta Nyhan has shared a humorous yet realistic vision of one woman’s reborn hope and persistence even when faced with the collapse of everything that meant something to her This is the situation facing Paige Her husband is gone and the company she has worked at for years is heaving with new and somewhat off the wall changes Her teenage son is experiencing difficulties and like many parents she is not sure what words and actions will fix his issues Nor does she know how to fix her ownI began reading this book and didn’t realize how wrapped up I was in the story until I found myself at the final chapter This is a smart entertaining book that never gets sassy and deals with adult issues just as we would experience them with humor anger straight forward thinking and sometimes a touch of wonder that we did so well at something new Five stars

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    Digging In was an interesting audio book to listen to The beginning definitely grabs your attention due to an unexpected death but then it kinds of takes a turn into a little bit boring and weird This book follows Paige Moresco who is just trying to deal with life after her husband's sudden death Her son is pushing her away and she might end up losing her job Basically her life has gone from bad to worse in like 35 nanoseconds Besides all of that the community she lives in is filled with a bunch of snobby jerks They know all about what she went through and just sort of offer her backhanded compliments instead of really asking if she needs help They tell her that they know people who could help her but they never really ask about what the hell is going on She's finding ways to cope and to eventually move onHer coping mechanism a garden I honestly loved this idea and I was stoked to see what was going to happen This new thing in her life made her so happy but everyone else thought she was drunk or ruining her back yard Again no one is really offering to help with this whole entire thing and just assuming the shit out of her The characters in this book were really hard to connect to I liked Paige and I sort of didn't like her However I do like that Paige definitely grew throughout the book and learned to grieve on her own Overall it was an okay kind of book I wish I would've liked the characters but they really annoyed me

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    Real Rating 35 of five but Amagoodreadszon won't let us have half stars because reasons9 OCTOBER 2018 Kindle price drop to 199I own this Kindlebook so if anyone wants to borrow it send me a PM with your account email and you're welcome to itSupervillain Chelsea Humphrey made me read this paean to the overweight overtired overworked Average Soul taking up space the Skinny Bastages think is rightfully theirs in a shrinking economyAt almost every turn I felt the severe pain of the older worker not yet eligible for retirement forget about able to afford retirement very very very few ever will be so blessed but labeled Not Wanted by the irritatingly chipper and voraciously ambitious backstabbing little twidgees snapping at our heelsAt every turn I felt the agonies of the partner left behind the love of my life died 26 years ago come May and no I'm not over it and frankly don't expect to be as she moves on willy nilly with life Not living just life Lying down and waiting to die sounds so goodbutnope just can't it feels too much like something our departed love would be really really pissed off with us aboutAnd I was revolted by the slavish fad following seen at every turnBut I want a chocolate beet cake Like you know NOW

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Age son Her house is a wreck the grass is overrun with weeds and she’s at risk of losing her job As Paige stares at her neglected lawn she knows she’s hit rock bottom So she does something entirely unexpected she begins to digAs the hole gets bigger Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden The neighbors in her tidy gated com. Thank you so much to Publishing for providing my copy of DIGGING IN by Elektrotechnik unexpected she begins to digAs the hole gets bigger Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden The neighbors in her tidy gated com. Thank you so much to Publishing for providing my copy of DIGGING IN by

review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Loretta Nyhan

Listening Length 7 hours and 18 minutes In author Loretta Nyhan’s warm witty and wonderful novel a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over right in her own backyardPaige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade and lost him two years ago Since his death she’s been sleepwalking through life barely holding on for the sake of her teen. I don't know how to rate my own book Some days I'm likefive stars baby An Amish Family Christmas unexpected chance to start over right in her own backyardPaige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade and lost him two years ago Since his death she’s been sleepwalking through life barely holding on for the sake of her teen. I don't know how to rate my own book Some days I'm likefive stars baby

Loretta Nyhan ´ 6 Read & Download

Munity are than a little alarmed Paige knows nothing about gardening and she’s boldly flouting neighborhood association bylaws But with the help of new friends a charming local cop and the transformative power of the soil Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life Something big is beginning to take root both in her garden and in hersel. Digging In was an interesting audio book to listen to The beginning de