Digging In by Loretta Nyhan
Publisher/Year: Lake Union Publishing, 2018
Paige 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 teenage 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 dig.
As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more 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 herself.
What I thought
This book is one of those ones that I wish I had loved as much as everybody else seems to. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it well enough and I enjoyed the time I spent reading it, but unfortunately, I never loved it like you do when you really connect with a story and its characters.
I think mostly that this was my fault as the reader. Thankfully, I’ve never gone through anything like what Paige and even Loretta herself have faced. For a book that focuses primarily on grief, I did appreciate Paige’s wit and humor. This book is nowhere near as dark as I was expecting. However, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t always a fan of Paige. I think our personalities just didn’t mesh. Once again, this wasn’t due to any fault in the writing, it just wasn’t for me.
I also want to add that I think this would make for an excellent movie. It was so easy to read that it did play out like a movie for me as I read.
I did enjoy my time reading this one and found myself wanting to see how it would end. If you are looking for a great rom-com kind of story, look no further. Digging In manages to poignantly offer new perspective on grief while adding a touch of humor and wit into the mix.