Digging In
In author Loretta Nyhan’s warm, witty, and wonderful novel, a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over—right in her own backyard. 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.

Digging In Details

TitleDigging In
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

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Digging In Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    "Everything can be learned, you know? Some people learn sooner, others later. Not a big deal if the outcome is the same."Guys, this book wrecked me. I've been a fan of Loretta's writing since her previous novel, All The Good Parts, was released. I was left itching for more of her witty charm and boy, did I find it here. Her novels are emotional for sure, but they still manage to deal with tough themes in an upbeat and hilarious way. When I pick up one of her books, I feel as though instead of re "Everything can be learned, you know? Some people learn sooner, others later. Not a big deal if the outcome is the same."Guys, this book wrecked me. I've been a fan of Loretta's writing since her previous novel, All The Good Parts, was released. I was left itching for more of her witty charm and boy, did I find it here. Her novels are emotional for sure, but they still manage to deal with tough themes in an upbeat and hilarious way. When I pick up one of her books, I feel as though instead of reading the book, she's relaying it to me over a glass of wine. It gives the impression we're just two good friends curled up on the couch and she's telling me the latest tale that's manifested in her brain. It's rare for this to happen for me, but when it does, these books receive an automatic 5 star rating and glowing review.Before I jump into the book itself, I think it's important to note that you're getting as authentic of a story as possible when it comes to Digging In. Nyhan has written in detail about the experience on her Goodreads review of this book (found here), but I'll give you the spark notes version. A few years ago the author's husband left to play a round of golf and had a fatal heart attack right on the green. She took this experience and turned it into a novel about how to find yourself again when the unthinkable happens and how to work through grief when it feels as if there's nowhere to go from there. If you are the type of reader who connects with fiction that is propelled by real experiences, this alone should put the book on your TBR."That's the beauty of a garden," she said. "Some stuff works, some stuff doesn't, and some stuff you think isn't working ends up producing the following year. Keeps you living in a constant state of suspense, so whatever comes, you're grateful for it."If you decide to pick up Digging In, you'll find our main character Paige is struggling to cope with the loss of her husband Jesse two years after the tragic car wreck that took his life. Her teenage son Trey is struggling in his own way too, and the mother-son relationship is taking it's toll as well. The struggle is real all around folks. Paige has most certainly hit rock bottom when she suffers another tough loss and her job is on the line. After a hazy night of weepy drinking, she wakes up with a pounding headache and a giant hole in her backyard. What follows is a journey of new beginnings-new friendships, new hobbies, new opportunities, and new love. There is a whole lot of self healing, along with a healing that bleeds out into a myriad of other relationships too. By the end of the book, you're left in a place of healthy, hopeful bliss, a place only Nyhan could take us to.While this novel is for everyone, I do think a number of seasoned mothers and 40-somethings will really appreciate the themes and connect with the characters. There's so much relatable here to the hard working female who has done her job well for decades, only to find herself being pushed out by the younger, fresh crowd. I know the overall theme of grief sounds heavy and depressing, but honestly it was a joy to read this story! I did shed a few tears, but the majority of the novel's tone is upbeat and flat out hilarious. I was doubled over laughing, I was crying, and I was moved. I'm not sure what else I could want from a story, and for that reason alone I will sing Digging In's praises from the highest rooftop to anyone who will listen. Highly, HIGHLY recommended if you enjoy a feel good novel about love and loss. Don't forget that this is a Kindle First pick for the month of March 2018; if you're an Amazon Prime member that means you can download it this month for free! If you're not a prime member, it's only $1.99! <3*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    My mother, God rest her soulCouldn't understand why the only manShe had ever loved had been takenLeaving her to startWith a heart so badly brokenDespite encouragement from meNo words were ever spoken...—Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Alone Again Naturally"4.5 stars for this one.I loved this! What a great story.Jesse was a part of Paige's life since eighth grade, and he was her only love. Often it was the two of them against the world, and she always knew she could count on her husband and their marriage. My mother, God rest her soulCouldn't understand why the only manShe had ever loved had been takenLeaving her to startWith a heart so badly brokenDespite encouragement from meNo words were ever spoken...—Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Alone Again Naturally"4.5 stars for this one.I loved this! What a great story.Jesse was a part of Paige's life since eighth grade, and he was her only love. Often it was the two of them against the world, and she always knew she could count on her husband and their marriage. Then one day, an accidental tap of a highway median, and it was all over—he left her alone with their teenage son, Trey."Forever. Till death do us part. The thing is, no one tells you what to do when the parting happens. And they forget to explain that when death is sudden, the parting is actually a ragged tear, not a clean separation. It leaves all the ends unfinished, and they just unravel and unravel and..."That was two years ago, yet she's still drifting through life. The house is in disrepair, the yard is a shambles—much to the chagrin of her uptight neighbor, whose anger seems excessive despite the number of dandelions and other weeds that have popped up. Trey, now a high school senior, is getting increasingly frustrated with his mother's antics, preferring the stability of a friend's house. And even though she used to be able to coast at her advertising job, a new boss has changed the dynamic at work, leaving Paige and her colleagues to compete for their jobs."Death was final, but grief wasn't; it was a dirty street fighter who rose again and again even when I thought I had successfully knocked it to the ground. King of the sucker punches."One night, staring at the condition of her lawn, remembering Jesse's obsession with ensuring it was perfect and reeling from her neighbor's anger at her neglect, she starts to dig. Putting her hands in the dirt feels therapeutic, but she makes a mess. As the hole gets bigger, she decides she's going to turn the entire backyard into a vegetable and herb garden, which again runs her afoul of her neighbor and others in her perfectly ordered and manicured community. Yet for the first time, she doesn't really care.She's determined to make her garden work, but she's barely holding it together otherwise. Her son is hurting and angry, her boss is disappointed and wondering if he should cut her loose, and her homeowners' association is on her tail, but little by little she realizes she's the only one who can rescue her life. With the help of friends old and new, and the interest of a kind policeman, she starts to take root into her new reality, no matter how difficult it may be.Even though you've seen this story before, in Loretta Nyhan's hands, it's so engaging, enjoyable, and poignant. Paige is a tremendously sympathetic character, yet she has her flaws, and it's fascinating as she realizes that some of the things that brought her so much comfort throughout her marriage might have left her at a disadvantage now. But as much as she just wants to put her head in the sand and just mourn Jesse forever, she knows she must pull herself and her life together, for her sake as well as her son's.The way each person deals with grief in this situation is very different, but some of the emotions Paige experiences I've seen in my mother as she has navigated life since my father's death nearly four years ago. Incredibly, Nyhan was in the middle of writing this book when she lost her own husband, which certainly increases the poignancy of this book and Paige's story. There certainly are moments which might bring a tear to your eye, but this isn't a maudlin book in any way—it's warm and immensely readable, and I nearly read the entire book in a day.Lake Union Publishing made this available through Amazon's First Reads program. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.
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  • Loretta Nyhan
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know how to rate my own book. Some days, I'm like...five stars, baby! You've got it going on! Other days? I could maybe--maybe--muster up one measly star. Writers are fickle. And very self-critical. Also, maybe a little nutso from working alone all the time. What I can say is that I'm very proud of this book. I give my pride in it five stars. Abso-freaking-lutely.The initial idea for this book came from an article I read about ten years ago. A local woman worked for the Chicago Tribune i I don't know how to rate my own book. Some days, I'm like...five stars, baby! You've got it going on! Other days? I could maybe--maybe--muster up one measly star. Writers are fickle. And very self-critical. Also, maybe a little nutso from working alone all the time. What I can say is that I'm very proud of this book. I give my pride in it five stars. Abso-freaking-lutely.The initial idea for this book came from an article I read about ten years ago. A local woman worked for the Chicago Tribune in the marketing department. She saw the writing on the wall, and knew she was going to get the heave-ho. She pre-empted that by turning in her resignation, going home and thinking...now what? She decided to dig up her backyard and plant vegetables, a one-woman CSA. People bought tickets all summer to come and pick what they wanted. She made enough money to buy herself some precious time. She was mid-life and wanted to figure out what she really wanted to do. I have no idea what happened to her, but the story lit a slow-burning fire in the house of my imagination, one that flared off and on over the years. After finishing my previous novel, ALL THE GOOD PARTS, I had some ideas for my next book bumping around in my brain, but this memory kept rising, elbowing the others to the side. I started writing Paige's story, tooling along quite nicely, until...My husband left to play a round of golf on a sunny Saturday morning in May of 2016. He never came home. Massive heart attack. Gone at age 45.We'd been married almost twenty years. Happy years. I loved him and he loved me, and we always had each other's backs. The devastation nearly did me in. I couldn't write a word. Heck, I could barely manage basic things, like cooking and driving and laundry. Grief messed with my brain, turning me into a zombie for four or five months. The energy I could muster went towards easing our boys into this new, very different life, one they never asked for and never, ever would have wanted.About five months after Tom died, I went to the bookstore, where I ran into a friend and fellow writer. "How's the writing going?" she asked. "Terrible," I said. "I can't write a thing. The words won't come." She hugged me. "It's because you only have one story in your head right now. So that's what you need to write."So that's what I did. I wrote about how to find yourself again after tragedy. I wrote about feelings of isolation and loneliness, about guilt and fear, and, ultimately, about discovering the strength to live again. These are some heavy things, but, believe me, this book is not a downer. Humor is the key to finding joy in life. And being able to feel that joy is essential in moving forward after loss.I hope you enjoy Paige's story. I hope you're entertained, and moved, and that it makes you think a little bit. Maybe, if you've experienced the devastation of losing someone close to you, it'll offer some comfort. Now, that's worth five stars to me.XOXO,Loretta
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  • Dee Arr
    January 1, 1970
    There’s something special in this book, hidden between the pages yet shared with us at the same time. Author Loretta Nyhan has shared a humorous yet realistic vision of one woman’s reborn hope and persistence, even when faced with the collapse of everything that meant something to her. This is the situation facing Paige. Her husband is gone, and the company she has worked at for years is heaving with new (and somewhat off-the-wall) changes. Her teenage son is experiencing difficulties, and like There’s something special in this book, hidden between the pages yet shared with us at the same time. Author Loretta Nyhan has shared a humorous yet realistic vision of one woman’s reborn hope and persistence, even when faced with the collapse of everything that meant something to her. This is the situation facing Paige. Her husband is gone, and the company she has worked at for years is heaving with new (and somewhat off-the-wall) changes. Her teenage son is experiencing difficulties, and like many parents, she is not sure what words and actions will fix his issues. Nor does she know how to fix her own.I began reading this book and didn’t realize how wrapped up I was in the story until I found myself at the final chapter. This is a smart, entertaining book that never gets sassy and deals with adult issues just as we would experience them: with humor, anger, straight-forward thinking, and sometimes a touch of wonder that we did so well at something new. Five stars.
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  • Barbara White
    January 1, 1970
    I want to scream from the rooftops, "I love this book!" What a delightful, funny, authentic, and rather wise story about the healing power of gardening and the struggle to re-root yourself after crippling loss. Paige is an extraordinary heroine: smart, funny, kind, outspoken, quirky. You feel the rawness of her grief, but there's no sentimentality, and she has cracking good lines, such as: "I'm trying to bring me back" or "I pressed the 'Pause' button on life, and then lost the remote." The supp I want to scream from the rooftops, "I love this book!" What a delightful, funny, authentic, and rather wise story about the healing power of gardening and the struggle to re-root yourself after crippling loss. Paige is an extraordinary heroine: smart, funny, kind, outspoken, quirky. You feel the rawness of her grief, but there's no sentimentality, and she has cracking good lines, such as: "I'm trying to bring me back" or "I pressed the 'Pause' button on life, and then lost the remote." The supporting cast of characters is equally wonderful and off-beat: Officer Leprechaun who's first line to Paige had me in hysterics; Trey, the teenager who struggles to understand why his mother is tearing up their back yard and refuses to learn how to drive; the grumpy neighbor with his own issues; and Paige's ragtag crew of new friends--coworkers in her dysfunctional office and the organic gardener with carrots in her hair. If you want to find humor, hope, and pure entertainment, this is the book for you. Did I mention that I loved it?
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  • Esil
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read some strong reviews for this one, but I must admit that I found it ok but didn’t love it.Payge is in her mid forties, has been a widow for 2 years, and she’ll still trying to find her footing. Her relationship with her 17 year old son is shaky and her job with a small advertising agency seems to be hanging by a thread. The story bumbles along somewhat predictably, as Payge sinks to new lows, and slowly makes her way uphill to a better place. Along the way, she digs up a crazy garden an I’ve read some strong reviews for this one, but I must admit that I found it ok but didn’t love it.Payge is in her mid forties, has been a widow for 2 years, and she’ll still trying to find her footing. Her relationship with her 17 year old son is shaky and her job with a small advertising agency seems to be hanging by a thread. The story bumbles along somewhat predictably, as Payge sinks to new lows, and slowly makes her way uphill to a better place. Along the way, she digs up a crazy garden and makes new friends.Despite the starting point, the tone of this novel is quite light. Humorous and sentimental — it has a definite romcom feeling. To me, the best part of Digging In was the afterword, in which the author describes losing her own husband at age 45, and how she and her two sons were helped and supported by family and friends. With that context, the book seems like the author’s own attempt to cope with her grief. I have a lot of sympathy and can understand the need for a immersive project, but I didn’t love the book.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful, sparkling and hopeful story. I had no idea what I was walking into. When Ashley at Amazon Publishing brought me this copy, I think she knew this wasn't my usual type of read... and then told me it was worth it and it absolutely IS! The only thing I could even nitpick at is that I felt Paige was portrayed older than her forty-three years of age. Maybe it's because that is exactly how old I am and she felt older to me. We're also completely opposite people. I know I look young f What a delightful, sparkling and hopeful story. I had no idea what I was walking into. When Ashley at Amazon Publishing brought me this copy, I think she knew this wasn't my usual type of read... and then told me it was worth it and it absolutely IS! The only thing I could even nitpick at is that I felt Paige was portrayed older than her forty-three years of age. Maybe it's because that is exactly how old I am and she felt older to me. We're also completely opposite people. I know I look young for my age, I definitely act younger, never been married and no kids so......... basically I couldn't really relate to her. HOWEVER, I absolutely fell in love with her. Her snarkiness, her wit, her will to thrive in a company she's been at for years now over powered by young thoughts and new action plans. YOU GO GIRL! In this power hungry world of ours, people do tend to feel outdated and struggle with having to start over once you hit your 40s. I've already done it a couple of times and thankfully things have worked in the positive but I GET IT - it's hard out there!I think this book will resonate with anyone who has dealt with any kind of loss, looking to find a way to work through the grief and dealing with all types of personalities. Maybe this will resonate more for women in their 40s, or mothers and widows who have been THROUGH IT. Either way, you get an incredible story. You know what REALLY did it for me? The acknowledgments from the author. I'm telling you, readers, if you don't read these in the books that you do pick up, you're doing yourself a huge disservice. The author talks about how she had to deal with her own husband's unexpected death and how it stopped her from continuing to write this book for quite some time. So a lot of her own experiences leap off of these pages - even if her and Paige's occurrences were completely different. Reading about this just launched this book up to one of my favorite reads so far this year. It was exactly what I needed right now.Love is unexpected. Love is powerful and all consuming. Love HURTS. Grief is horrible, whether dealing with the end of a relationship or the actual loss of a living human being. Learn to grow. Learn to forgive. Learn to hold on while letting go. Learn to LIVE.All the tomatoes and stars for this emotional, yet funny, read. DIG IN.Huge thank you to Amazon Publishing and Lake Union for this amazing read.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book. Paige is an amazing character. There were some frustrating personalities throughout the story and I was impressed with how Paige would handle people and situations. It gave me a lot to think about.. she was always a bigger person than I imagine I would have been had I been in a similar position. This book will stick with me.I will definitely look forward to reading more of her books.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    A cute story but I was mostly moved by the Acknowledgments at the end of the book. Congrats to Nyhan on her accomplishment under very difficult circumstances.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    There was a lot to like in this book. It had that genuine feel, not forced or artificial. I was looking for something light-ish to read while this broken knee healed, and got this from the first reads program on Amazon. Glad I picked this one, not the science fiction! It had a depth that I hadn't expected, but with a light touch, even on tricky subjects.What really drove home the author's skill was reading the afterward, where she tells that halfway through this book about a woman whose husband There was a lot to like in this book. It had that genuine feel, not forced or artificial. I was looking for something light-ish to read while this broken knee healed, and got this from the first reads program on Amazon. Glad I picked this one, not the science fiction! It had a depth that I hadn't expected, but with a light touch, even on tricky subjects.What really drove home the author's skill was reading the afterward, where she tells that halfway through this book about a woman whose husband dies suddenly, and her life after, her own husband died suddenly. While her experience was not that of the central character in the book, it helps reinforce that the writing was authentic. Ms Nyhan-- I'm truly sorry you have had to live the nightmare of every happily married woman. However, thank you for a splendid book.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best books I have read this year. Charming, humorous and wise- it is a fantastically pleasurable read. Do not miss it. I just ordered her earlier book.
  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    With her book Digging In, Loretta Nyhan has written the most wonderful book about rediscovering yourself after suffering an excruciating loss. The main character, Paige, is struggling to get her life back on track after her husband’s death two years before the book takes place. When a disgruntled neighbor points out her neglected lawn, Paige’s response is to just start digging. The events after that are filled with humor and sadness, and a poignancy that I felt in my heart. Paige is such a great With her book Digging In, Loretta Nyhan has written the most wonderful book about rediscovering yourself after suffering an excruciating loss. The main character, Paige, is struggling to get her life back on track after her husband’s death two years before the book takes place. When a disgruntled neighbor points out her neglected lawn, Paige’s response is to just start digging. The events after that are filled with humor and sadness, and a poignancy that I felt in my heart. Paige is such a great character, and although her sorrow is palpable, what comes across even more is her resilience and strength. The characters in this book are quirky, supportive and intriguing...each with their own unique story. Although this book revolves around loss, it is told with so much warmth and heart, never becoming maudlin. This is a book that captures all of our emotions; I cried, I laughed out loud, and above all, I was extremely touched by this story.
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  • Cresta McGowan
    January 1, 1970
    Digging In by Loretta Nyhan follows the life of Paige Moresco after the loss of her beloved husband Jesse. I'm not giving anything away here - this is in the first few pages of the novel and from the beginning of page one the reader can see Paige is struggling - to hold onto herself, her job, and her relationships with her teenage son, Trey. To add insult to injury, her boss of more than a decade in the advertising firm she works for dies suddenly and his young, hip son takes over the family bus Digging In by Loretta Nyhan follows the life of Paige Moresco after the loss of her beloved husband Jesse. I'm not giving anything away here - this is in the first few pages of the novel and from the beginning of page one the reader can see Paige is struggling - to hold onto herself, her job, and her relationships with her teenage son, Trey. To add insult to injury, her boss of more than a decade in the advertising firm she works for dies suddenly and his young, hip son takes over the family business. (You can already see the trouble brewing?!?!?)Mr. "new boss" has decided that two people need to go and they are going to fight for their jobs - including Paige and Jackie, the mainstays of the company. He says the competition will be fierce to which Paige counters, “Fierce like Beyoncé, or fierce like Vladimir Putin?” There's some lovely wit interspersed within the family drama.Paige is overwhelmed, as anyone would be, trying to keep her life together. And one night after her grouchy neighbor comments on her yard going to dandelions, she kind of snaps. She rummages through the pantry, finds a bottle of wine - "I poured the wine and took a sip. Heavenly." and begins to dig. Literally dig up the dandelions and in the process of purging her anger, her sadness, her soul she digs and digs and digs. Now with a giant hole of dirt and nothing to do with it, she takes a chance in her life on gardening - something she's never done before. With the help of her friends, her son, and a funky gal she meets at the farmer's market named Mykia that has an entire story of her own, Paige learns to live again - to become who she is now, and let go of who she was then.Digging In is a novel of redemption. Of finding your way out of a terrible storm that would pull anyone to their knees. Nyhan writes with a depth of emotion that is cathartic and creates believable characters and scenarios that allow the reader to thrive within the lives of all the personas embedded in this great work. I especially enjoyed the way the writer dealt with grief through a surprise personality that domineers the ending of the book - appropriately. Our instinct is to always say we are sorry when someone else is hurting - and yes, we're sorry they are hurting, but our apology will not help them. Nyhan writes through the verbiage of a character:“Then you should ask for a good memory that best describes him or her. Let the grieving person have a moment with that person again.” “Couldn’t that be too painful?” I asked. “It’s all painful. Listening to a hundred people apologize for something they had nothing to do with is excruciating, isn’t it? They can’t reverse anything with their apologies.”I loved the developing relationship of Paige and her son, Paige and her boss, Paige and her friends, Paige and her neighbor, Paige and the police officer, Paige and our final character. Each connection was organic and profound. I give Digging In an enthusiastic ☕☕☕☕☕ because this was just a great story - a human story.
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  • Chrissie
    January 1, 1970
    A touching but middling story about life after personal loss and tragedy. This is a simple story about a woman just beginning to come up for air after losing her husband, and learning to stay afloat. Sweet and quaint, but not too sugary to be unreal, Digging In was a surprise delight for my Kindle First—now called Amazon First Reads choice.Despite some quirkiness, I felt all the characters were fairly real and lifelike. I would love to have seen more from Paige and Trey, but the real focus on th A touching but middling story about life after personal loss and tragedy. This is a simple story about a woman just beginning to come up for air after losing her husband, and learning to stay afloat. Sweet and quaint, but not too sugary to be unreal, Digging In was a surprise delight for my Kindle First—now called Amazon First Reads choice.Despite some quirkiness, I felt all the characters were fairly real and lifelike. I would love to have seen more from Paige and Trey, but the real focus on the novel was not on their relationship. The romance element always felt very awkward and out of place. I kept wanting Paige to tell Sean she wasn’t ready, because that felt the most true. There was a lack of chemistry, and instead we have a flurry of flustered emotions laced with guilt and fear. That doesn’t seem like someone who’s ready to date again. But, I digress. It was, overall, cute and touching.
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  • Booknblues
    January 1, 1970
    Digging In by Loretta Nyhan is the type of book I rarely read. There were two factors which influenced my choice, one it was a free Kindle First book and secondly it was about a woman, Paige Moresco who decides to dig up her back yard and put in a garden, this is something I have actually done so I wanted to read about an experience with it.Paige's reason for digging up her yard is quite different than mine. Her life is falling apart, her husband died unexpectedly in a car accident, her boss pas Digging In by Loretta Nyhan is the type of book I rarely read. There were two factors which influenced my choice, one it was a free Kindle First book and secondly it was about a woman, Paige Moresco who decides to dig up her back yard and put in a garden, this is something I have actually done so I wanted to read about an experience with it.Paige's reason for digging up her yard is quite different than mine. Her life is falling apart, her husband died unexpectedly in a car accident, her boss passed away as well and his idiot son took over the business and her adolescent son is acting out. She started digging out of shear frustration and it made her feel better.It is a cute story despite the sound of it and I generally don't do cute. The characters, though not multidimensional grew on me and by the end of the book, I quite liked them.Here is a quote that I found quite meaningful:“I want to know what the other kind of change is. The kind that isn’t slow.” Tears burned at my eyes, hot and quick. “It’s the kind that pulls you by the hair. The unexpected jolt. It’s merciless, and it doesn’t allow you to change cell by cell, cushioning the blow with time. It smacks you into a new reality. It forces you to examine things you’d rather leave under a rock.”I think that this book if you get it at the right price and need a bread from heavy reading is good light entertainment.One other thing which brought it up a few notches for me is that the author's husband passed away from a heart attack in his mid-forties and I expect that it was quite cathartic for her to write this book.
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  • Aura
    January 1, 1970
    I love when I pick up a kindle book purely on vibe and it turns out to be a gem. That is how I feel about Digging In. Paige and Jesse were the perfect couple. Nice suburb home, work, an adored son and a manicure lawn. Jesse dies after 21 years of marriage. I cant even imagine it. Fast forward to two years after the tragedy and Paige goes to work, is managing at work and with her son but just barely. How long does one grieve and how do we manage a loss so great? This book had me on the verge of t I love when I pick up a kindle book purely on vibe and it turns out to be a gem. That is how I feel about Digging In. Paige and Jesse were the perfect couple. Nice suburb home, work, an adored son and a manicure lawn. Jesse dies after 21 years of marriage. I cant even imagine it. Fast forward to two years after the tragedy and Paige goes to work, is managing at work and with her son but just barely. How long does one grieve and how do we manage a loss so great? This book had me on the verge of tears and delight. After two years, Paige does something that would probably be considered nuts. On a wine induced rampage one evening, she starts digging in her yard. I can definitely relate. The shocked neighbors are sure she has gone off the deep end but maybe it is a breakthrough. What a delightful novel. I have a new favorite author and Digging in goes on my best of 2018 shelf.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    "Forever. Till death do us part. The thing is, no one tells you what to do when the parting happens. And they forget to explain that when death is sudden, the parting is actually a ragged tear, not a clean separation. It leaves all the ends unfinished, and they just unravel and unravel and . . ."Nyhan, Loretta. Digging In: A Novel (p. 5). Lake Union Publishing. Kindle Edition. Barely into the book when the quote above was written. It made me stop and reflect on what a true statement that was. Th "Forever. Till death do us part. The thing is, no one tells you what to do when the parting happens. And they forget to explain that when death is sudden, the parting is actually a ragged tear, not a clean separation. It leaves all the ends unfinished, and they just unravel and unravel and . . ."Nyhan, Loretta. Digging In: A Novel (p. 5). Lake Union Publishing. Kindle Edition. Barely into the book when the quote above was written. It made me stop and reflect on what a true statement that was. This book captured my attention and kept it until the end. Another quote that was especially meaningful to me was:I thought about all of the people who said they were sorry when Jesse died. I knew they meant it, and I appreciated it, but I wondered if there was something else I would have rather heard. “What do you think people should say to someone who’s just lost a loved one? I don’t think there are many options.” Petra thought for a moment. “If you knew the person who died, I think you should share a memory, something you don’t think they’d know about. The wilder the better.” “And if you didn’t know the person who died?” “Then you should ask for a good memory that best describes him or her. Let the grieving person have a moment with that person again.”Nyhan, Loretta. Digging In: A Novel (p. 212). Lake Union Publishing. Kindle Edition. There were many side stories as Paige started to live her life without her husband-her work, co-workers, teenage son, neighbors, friends, new romance and we get to know her thoughts as all of this is happening. Thanks Loretta for giving us a glimpse into real grief.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    This was an "Amazon First Reads" book and I'm so glad I picked it! Wow! I had no idea how it would end & almost didn't want it to. Can't believe I got it for free. I'm definitely going to look up more of her books. Thanks Loretta Nyhan!
  • Barbara Sissel
    January 1, 1970
    DIGGING IN is the loveliest novel. The title is perfect—a metaphor for digging deep. It is the story of a woman who has been brought to her knees by the loss of her husband, the love of her life. Now absolutely everything is on the line, her job, her relationship with her teenage son, and her will to live, hangs in the balance. The unique and surprising—even to her—ways she recovers had me turning the pages, and yet I wanted to linger. In her own inimitable warm, witty and compassionate style, L DIGGING IN is the loveliest novel. The title is perfect—a metaphor for digging deep. It is the story of a woman who has been brought to her knees by the loss of her husband, the love of her life. Now absolutely everything is on the line, her job, her relationship with her teenage son, and her will to live, hangs in the balance. The unique and surprising—even to her—ways she recovers had me turning the pages, and yet I wanted to linger. In her own inimitable warm, witty and compassionate style, Loretta Nyhan has written a wise and poignant story of recovery from grief. I loved this book.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the warm, emotional and heartwarming novel “Digging in” by Loretta Nyhan. The Genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline is mostly written in the present and goes to the immediate past when it is pertinent to the characters or events in the story. The author describes the characters as complicated, complex, dysfunctional, quirky, and confused. Most of the characters are likable.I appreciate that the author uses the symbolism of “Digging In” referring it to the e I enjoyed the warm, emotional and heartwarming novel “Digging in” by Loretta Nyhan. The Genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline is mostly written in the present and goes to the immediate past when it is pertinent to the characters or events in the story. The author describes the characters as complicated, complex, dysfunctional, quirky, and confused. Most of the characters are likable.I appreciate that the author uses the symbolism of “Digging In” referring it to the emotional and physical characteristics of the colorful characters and their actions.Paige is a widow, with a son, who manages to exist and live day-to-day, often in the memories of her deceased husband. Paige is used to the same job, with the same friends, and the same neighbors. Unfortunately, a major change at work means a major change for Paige and all the characters.In frustration, Paige starts digging up her backyard. The more she digs, the better she feels. She starts to plant a vegetable garden. As the vegetables take, root, something in Paige starts to take root as well. The author discusses the importance of family, neighbors, community and friends at work. Also mentioned is communication and collaboration together. I love the growth in the characters. I would recommend this book to readers that like Women’s fiction. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • David Richardson
    January 1, 1970
    Sorry folks but didn't do a thing for me. Seemed flat from start to finish. It had a couple of bright spots, but not enough to save it for me. I hope you like it better than I did
  • Karol
    January 1, 1970
    I was drawn into the book from the opening lines. And I absolutely loved the story from beginning to end. So many aspects that I related to: Sudden Loss. Stress of a new and off-beat co-workers and boss. Teen-age son struggling to find himself while dealing with sudden loss. A nosy, intractable neighbor. A picky homeowner's association. New friends. Old habits. New surprises.There were some very serious undertones in this novel, but the story was presented with such humor. I did laugh out loud s I was drawn into the book from the opening lines. And I absolutely loved the story from beginning to end. So many aspects that I related to: Sudden Loss. Stress of a new and off-beat co-workers and boss. Teen-age son struggling to find himself while dealing with sudden loss. A nosy, intractable neighbor. A picky homeowner's association. New friends. Old habits. New surprises.There were some very serious undertones in this novel, but the story was presented with such humor. I did laugh out loud several times. And I also cried several times.The story was engaging, and the ending was perfect. I could not ask for more.
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  • Steve Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    First, let me start by saying that this is a book that I would not normally read. I'm usually reading epic fantasy or historical fiction or mysteries. This book has none of that and I was looking for a change. This is just a story about a good woman who had a good life and marriage that ended with the unexpected death of her husband and shortly after, her beloved boss. What do you do when you wake up one day and the life you expected to grow old in has evaporated? How do you keep raising your so First, let me start by saying that this is a book that I would not normally read. I'm usually reading epic fantasy or historical fiction or mysteries. This book has none of that and I was looking for a change. This is just a story about a good woman who had a good life and marriage that ended with the unexpected death of her husband and shortly after, her beloved boss. What do you do when you wake up one day and the life you expected to grow old in has evaporated? How do you keep raising your son? Keep your job in advertising as a creative person when you have trouble just making it through the day? I would ask the question, "how do you write a book like this with such weighty questions and not make it a totally depressing read?" If you're Loretta Nyhan, you make sure to add in lots of quirky characters, a little crazy, and an abundance of humor. Don't get me wrong, this book is not going to change the world, but, at least for a little while, it could make your world just a little brighter, with a good dose of smiles thrown in for good measure. Enjoy. Four out of five stars.
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  • Shelley Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis is a quirky, unusual story about a woman who is struggling with the loss of her husband and how she (and her son as a side character) deals with her grief in her own unique, inexplicable way. There is a great deal of self-reflection as Paige, the main character, discovers who she is now that she faces life without her longtime spouse, as she reinvents herself at this new stage and discovers how to move forward. Along the way she helps those around her heal and find themselves and l 3.5 starsThis is a quirky, unusual story about a woman who is struggling with the loss of her husband and how she (and her son as a side character) deals with her grief in her own unique, inexplicable way. There is a great deal of self-reflection as Paige, the main character, discovers who she is now that she faces life without her longtime spouse, as she reinvents herself at this new stage and discovers how to move forward. Along the way she helps those around her heal and find themselves and learns that people are not always who they appear to be. It was enjoyable and thought-provoking, but definitely offbeat and a tad too philosophical, but overall, not bad.
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  • Adrienne Burdsall
    January 1, 1970
    Quirky and sweet. Definitely a pleasant surprise for a Kindle First reads freebie.
  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    This was my Amazon First book for this month. Not very many books grab me from the start but this one did. The author used some of her own experiences for this book. It would have been a 5 star, but I thought the interaction with the neighbor could have been written better. If you happened to have read,” A man Called Ove” and liked it you will like this one.
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  • Kate Rock
    January 1, 1970
    Loretta Nyhan! Bravo, woman! You make me laugh and think and shout out loud whilst reading your books. This book Digging In reminds me of “digging deep” into ourselves and rediscovering our-self after suffering a heartbreaking loss. I relate with Paige in every way and felt a kinship with her as she rediscovers herself in her own way. I love the humor as I think we as women use humor as a tool to deal with the hard stuff, the stuff that shakes us to the core. I have goosebumps writing this becau Loretta Nyhan! Bravo, woman! You make me laugh and think and shout out loud whilst reading your books. This book Digging In reminds me of “digging deep” into ourselves and rediscovering our-self after suffering a heartbreaking loss. I relate with Paige in every way and felt a kinship with her as she rediscovers herself in her own way. I love the humor as I think we as women use humor as a tool to deal with the hard stuff, the stuff that shakes us to the core. I have goosebumps writing this because it’s so real. We go through loss and seeking our own ways to stay above water and take care of children, ourselves and LIFE. I loved this book and I will continue to recommend to all the women I know. GO READ THIS BOOK. Just got get it, read it (are you going?) Good. 5 stars, easy!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastically delightful and fulfilling read.
  • Corina Durrego
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Paige, a widow with a teenage son. Paige is trying to get on with her life despite the loss of the love of her life. This story deals with her hardships at work. Trying to get along with her mean neighbor. Trying to navigate the role of single motherhood. Learning how to grow a garden. Great and motley cast of characters in this book.
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  • Goldencam
    January 1, 1970
    Paige and her teenage son Trey have had two years to deal with the unexpected loss of their husband/father, Jesse. Yet, understandably, they are stuck in a rut. Paige is trying to keep her act together, but after some stressful events at work she starts digging in her back yard, and doesn’t stop until she’s torn her entire lawn up. This one act opens her up to a variety of new experiences and people, including a young farmer named Mykia, her ornery neighbor, and a friendly police officer who mak Paige and her teenage son Trey have had two years to deal with the unexpected loss of their husband/father, Jesse. Yet, understandably, they are stuck in a rut. Paige is trying to keep her act together, but after some stressful events at work she starts digging in her back yard, and doesn’t stop until she’s torn her entire lawn up. This one act opens her up to a variety of new experiences and people, including a young farmer named Mykia, her ornery neighbor, and a friendly police officer who makes her realizes that there are some parts of life that she’s missing out on. There are some truly touching discussions about loss, change, and grief between Paige and Trey which felt completely authentic – it was not surprising to find out in the author’s notes at the end that she has gone through something similar herself. It is a surprisingly dry-eyed book though, given then subject matter, as it takes place long enough after the initial loss that the emotions are not so raw. There’s also the hilarious side-plot of her boss obsessing over a corporate self-help book and subjecting her and her co-workers to endless shenanigans. Overall it’s a funny and heartwarming read.
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