THE FIRST GARDENER
Jones’ latest reaches into the depths of the reader’s soul to show the light and strength God can give, even in the midst of the greatest darkness. The author’s ability to convey real-life emotion without sugar coating, yet still providing hope, elevates this novel above the rest.
Governor Gray London and his wife Mackenzie went through years of infertility before the birth of their 5-year-old daughter Maddie. They desperately want another child, but nothing seems to work. When a tragedy occurs, Gray and Mackenzie must learn how to put their broken lives back together again, even when everything seems hopeless. Jeremiah Williams has been caretaker of the gardens at the governor’s mansion for decades, and his heart breaks for the first family. Jeremiah’s unique relationship with God and flowers helps mend their hearts. (TYNDALE, Aug., 423 pp., $13.99)