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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mindy Friddle Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781436133784
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A Southeastern Booksellers Association Bestseller, Mindy Friddle’s The Garden Angel has been praised for its comic grace.

Cutter is determined to sabotage the sale of her family’s dilapidated ancestral home. Her sister Ginny (in the midst of an affair with a professor) doesn’t seem to care either way. When the professor’s reclusive wife gathers up the courage to leave her own home and confront the “other woman,” she instead meets Cutter, and the two begin a quirky, comforting relationship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With casual skill, Friddle makes the case that who we like in life may be as critical as who we love.“

    Publisher’s Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/16/2014

    " The Garden Angel caught my attention after reading another book by Mindy Friddle, The Secret Keepers. I was not at all disappointed by her writing in her earlier work. The Garden Angel tells a story that most of us can relate to, the need to feel "rooted". It intertwines the role of siblings, spouses, neighbors, and friends around the tale of a town just struggling to survive like its inhabitants. It was a pleasant read that gave you just the right amount of "lift". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalind Bright | 2/16/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Love the setting and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/14/2014

    " This is what I've found for SC themed book for book club. :) It was cute. A quick fluffy chick lit read, and I probably don't space myself with enough of those. Cutter is the main character, deeply attached to the old family home. Her brother and sister want to sell. Meanwhile Cutter has somehow become friends with the agoraphobic wife of her sister's illicit lover, and...... well, it's an odd but interesting story. Not bad for a first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Ellis | 2/10/2014

    " The Garden Angel touched me not only by the characters in the book but how my life has been similar to all the emotions I found between its []pages. A humorous look at how we handle the things life throws at us and even though we feel beaten we find a strength in us that we were not aware existed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/10/2014

    " Super-interesting relationships in this book. We meet a woman (our heroine) and her sister first, then her sister's lover followed quickly by sister's lover's wife, who becomes friends with our heroine, and a ton of other delightful peripheral characters. It's a great story about family and friendship and HOME, and what is worth fighting for. It wasn't earth-shattering, but I did enjoy it a lot and felt strong and convicted as a Southern woman while reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgie | 2/4/2014

    " This is a "guilty pleasure" novel for me. A fast read that takes place in the south. Well written for a debut, many emotions involved. It was perfect for that little get away. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer M | 2/3/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book at all. The relationship between Cutter and Wife (Elizabeth) is unrealistic. No excitement.....very boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madeline | 2/3/2014

    " Quick read. The ending was too far fetched trying to tie up ends in a fairy tale way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenlbot | 1/18/2014

    " Slow and strange "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karenleigh | 1/16/2014

    " Liked this book more than I thought I would. Really appreciated that characters weren't written so black and white. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 1/8/2014

    " I loved this book. I'm a sucker for a well thought-out book that delves into complex, unusual relationships in a unique writing style. I want to read it again already! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/13/2013

    " Not too deep, not too long, not too complicated, a tidy ending - a decent summer read. Sisters, affairs, old houses, gardens, pretty easy stuff to keep you turning pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 11/19/2013

    " Cutter begins a chaotic friendship with her sister's lover's wife. This leads to complications when her sister becomes pregnant as Cutter is trying to save her family home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/7/2013

    " Quirky little book. Pretty good, fast read. Entertaining enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 5/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well constructed, and I particularly liked Elizabeth, who suffers from intense anxiety. After moving along at a comfortable pace, the book did seem to run quickly through the ending, but was saved by the epilogue. I would read this book again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel O'Brien | 2/13/2013

    " Her writing is very good and kin of quirky. Excellent characterization, good story, and it kind of makes you wonder about life, in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adele Stratton | 12/18/2012

    " A first novel that was for the most part well written, it was an engaging, sad and funny southern tale with memorable characters. My only complaint is that Friddle was a bit heavy-handed with the adjectives. A willow wept profoundly over a grave? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 8/17/2012

    " Decemebers bookclub "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena | 2/14/2012

    " The tough heroine with a heart of gold struggles against long odds to save her family home, touching hearts along the way. The character of Elizabeth, the "shy and fragile academic" is particularly well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kw | 2/13/2012

    " Pretty fun, and I do love these "southern" novels. Reminds me of my grandparent's house, though their angels weren't visible! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mich | 1/13/2012

    " Preferred the Cutter chapters at first over the Elizabeth ones but by the end it all came together. In fact I LOVED the ending. All in all a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mmburrows | 11/27/2011

    " Amy's pick "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/8/2011

    " Found this as a donation in the library. Reminded me of Ann Tyler. Interesting slightly damaged people. Lovely read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis O | 1/25/2011

    " Wonderful first book by SC upstate author Mindy Friddle. Terrific story, with finely drawn characters. Greenville natives will recognize many of the neighborhoods and places. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/2/2010

    " I did not enjoy this book at all. The relationship between Cutter and Wife (Elizabeth) is unrealistic. No excitement.....very boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kw | 8/31/2010

    " Pretty fun, and I do love these "southern" novels. Reminds me of my grandparent's house, though their angels weren't visible! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalind | 8/13/2010

    " 3.5 stars. Love the setting and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 7/30/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well constructed, and I particularly liked Elizabeth, who suffers from intense anxiety. After moving along at a comfortable pace, the book did seem to run quickly through the ending, but was saved by the epilogue. I would read this book again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adele | 7/2/2009

    " A first novel that was for the most part well written, it was an engaging, sad and funny southern tale with memorable characters. My only complaint is that Friddle was a bit heavy-handed with the adjectives. A willow wept profoundly over a grave? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/21/2009

    " Found this as a donation in the library. Reminded me of Ann Tyler. Interesting slightly damaged people. Lovely read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/21/2009

    " This book went beyond my expectations. Looking forward to reading her next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 12/29/2008

    " Cutter begins a chaotic friendship with her sister's lover's wife. This leads to complications when her sister becomes pregnant as Cutter is trying to save her family home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/29/2008

    " Her writing is very good and kin of quirky. Excellent characterization, good story, and it kind of makes you wonder about life, in general. "

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About the Author
Author Mindy Friddle

Mindy Friddle is author of The Garden Angel and Secret Keepers. She writes, reads, gardens, and works in Greenville, South Carolina, where she lives with her family.

About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.