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Mar 02, 2021
Hope is one of those exceptional writers able to create engaging text phrase after phrase by choosing the exact right words, avoiding clichés, and delightfully surprising the reader with the way she puts together words, paragraphs and chapters. I am so different from Hope that I probably would not have finished this book... many times I wanted to put it down in order to read something else, but in the end I couldn't - the chapters about growing things were fascinating, and there was something in the unfolding personal narrative that hinted at a style very intentionally chosen, and that suggested if I persevered I might find myself with someone quite different from the beginning chapters when I finally reached the end. When I closed the book for the last time I felt a deep affection for all of Hope's loved ones, and an irresistible urge to plant an oak in the front yard.