Release Date: April 10!
Then the story focuses on Ellie taking care of her sister Lia's twins. Lia has skipped out and has no contact with Ellie and Julian regarding the girls for over seven months. What kind of mother does that? Ellie has a secret reason to feel the daily exhaustion of a new family along with all the kitchen renovations to the old house. Even though Ellie has the resources to launch a legal petition for adoption, she still worries about the possibility of an unfit Lia taking the twins. Ellie also is worried about one of her art students, Ruby, who is in an abusive home. Julians's daughter Katie is avoiding the visits with her father, what could this mean? There seem to be so many layers of conflict to deal with all at once. Her heart is filled with love for children who need her, but Ellie is about to learn a hard lesson which will break your heart as you read! Ellie's kind heart and compassion for children in need could possibly cause a breaking point in her marriage with Julian.
The whole story is like a visit with friends and I enjoyed the book very much. Sweet and wise Maddie is so loveable. Abbott is a pillar of strength for them all. And Lia is a piece of work you may want to smack, but she has a sad life, too.
The story also deals with an adult who has an unstable mental illness, such as bipolar disorder. A mental disorder can be a cause of chaos for the whole family, not only the sufferer who many times will not take the prescribed medicines as directed.
Beyond the Garden is about love, hope, and family!
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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