Reviewed by Poppy J.

The Naked Gardener follows Katelyn Cross as she moves to Vermont and begins to enjoy life off the grid. Her live-in boyfriend, Greg Mazur (otherwise known as “Maze”), has been less than understanding of late. Kate decides to go on a retreat with some friends to brainstorm for a good cause, and it is there that she finds herself and understands what she will need in her life to find true happiness.

On the trip, she and her friends bare their secrets to each other in true best friend pillow talk fashion. The women realize that they really do have a lifelong bond which will never be broken. When they encounter a disaster, the women learn to depend on themselves, each other and the kindness of others to make it back to safety. In the end, Kate resolves her issues and realizes what she has will be better than “good enough” to sustain her throughout the rest of her days on their farm.

The trip is the turn around point in Kate’s life. It is as if she had made some tentative decisions before going off, but after she spent time with her pals, she was more confident in her decisions. What I liked about The Naked Gardener is that the ending was not so predictable.

I expected Kate to make a decision on whether to keep her old life, or leave it for something better. Kate, like most of us, never assumes that other people will change. The reasons for changes in ourselves or in others are always more important because it means the changes will be real and sincere. It is a lot like falling in love. Years later, the best moments are when we remember the exact minute it happened, that we fell in love with someone else, but what we really want to recapture is the exact second we realized it was happening to and for us – we long for the knowledge of the moment of awareness. It is so beautiful when we can experience it, but even more precious when we know it is happening to us, and this is the beauty of this book.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by BookSparks PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.