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Author: Barbara Claypole White Narrator: Ana Clements, Paul Heitsch Publisher: Spoken Realms Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2019 ISBN: 9781094056715
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A love story about grief, OCD, and dirt

Tilly Silverberg is rebuilding her life with her young son, Isaac, one potted-up plant at a time. Since her husband’s death, gardening has become her livelihood and her salvation. Hiding out in the North Carolina forest, she wants only to be left alone with Isaac and her greenhouse.

New to the area, successful software developer James Nealy needs a garden. On a solitary mission to reclaim his life from irrational obsessions and relentless compulsions, he has a plan: to conquer his greatest fear. Dirt. One glimpse—or two—of Tilly’s garden, and he knows she holds the key. But when he asks her to take him on as a client, she refuses.

After a family emergency pulls Tilly and Isaac back to her native England, she’s quietly happy, because nothing has changed in her childhood village. Or has it? Her first love is unexpectedly single, her mother is scheming, and her best friend is keeping secrets. Then James appears on her doorstep.

Tenuous at first, but gradually taking root, James and Tilly forge an unlikely bond. As they work together to rescue a garden choked by neglect, they unearth each other’s secrets, each other’s fears, each other’s hopes—and maybe, a shared second chance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “White…conveys the condition of OCD and how it creates havoc in one’s life and the lives of loved ones, with style and grace, never underplaying the seriousness of the disorder.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Claypole White does not merely write about people with mental illness—she inhabits them.”

    Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • “White’s transoceanic love story deftly explores the challenges of conquering fears and relinquishing the past.”


  • “I learned so much about myself from this story—that fear doesn’t have to hold me back but, rather, it can move me forward. The Unfinished Garden is a touching and accomplished debut.”

    Diane Chamberlain, author of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

  • “I found the writing style in The Unfinished Garden reminiscent of Rosamunde and Robin Pilcher. As a fan of both, I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to many more from Barbara Claypole White.”

    Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home

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About the Author

Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful stories about troubled families, with a healthy dose of mental illness. Her books have won several awards. She is an advocate for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder and for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.

About the Narrator

After producing, directing, and engineering spoken word recordings for over twenty years, Paul Heitsch began narrating audiobooks in 2011, and has recorded many bestselling titles as both himself and under a pseudonym. A classically trained pianist, Paul is also a composer and sound designer, and is currently the director of music for the James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance, and an adjunct instructor for the JMU School of Music. He and his family live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia (although Chicago will always be his hometown).