Here’s the set-up for L B Gschwandtner’s The Naked Gardener, just 99 Cents on Kindle and FREE to Amazon Prime Members Via the Kindle Lending Library:
Artist Katelyn Cross loves Greg Mazur and he loves her.
He wants to be married but a previous relationship that went sour has made Katelyn overly cautious about any permanent commitment. And what about Greg’s first wife? He lost her to cancer and Katelyn worries that he’s only looking for a replacement.
What’s a girl to do? Canoe down a river with five gal pals, camp out, catch fish, talk about life and men. The problem is, a river can be as unpredictable as any relationship and just as hard to manage.
On their last day, when the river turns wild, the women face the challenge of a lifetime and find that staying alive means saving themselves first while being open to help from a most unlikely source. As Katelyn navigates the raging water, she learns how to overcome her fear of change in a world where nothing stays the same.
When Katelyn returns to her garden, she’ll face one more obstacle and the naked gardener will meet the real Greg Mazur.
From the reviewers:
I LOVED this book. It pulled me in from the first line right through to the end. It’s really not just about Katelyn, the naked gardener, but about all women, and the choices they make in their lives. I adored each of the ladies in this book and could relate to each one at some level, and ultimately, I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. The story is sometimes leisurely, sometimes fast and compelling, but always interesting. LB Gschwandtner has proven to me that she’s a writer to contend with in the world of women’s fiction. – Karen Kantwell
Even if you have never gardened or haven’t a green thumb, this beautifully written book will make you want to begin cultivating your own piece of Eden. I not only loved reading “The Naked Gardener” – great story about six, well-drawn, interesting women – I learned from it. This story is, ultimately, about something far grander than ourselves and how the salvation and reconnecting with nature – and the past – can bring us into a meaningful future. – J.I. Wells
I loved the earthiness of this book — not just in the garden of the title,but also in the very real characters struggling with very real issues in a setting that strips away the trappings and technological complexities of modern life. LB Gschwandtner’s rich, observant prose brings the book’s Vermont setting to life right alongside the core characters, to whom women everywhere will relate on many levels. A must-read ..– H. Baldwin.
L B Gschwandtner is married, the mother of three daughters, a writer, magazine editor, artist, and co-owner with her husband of an integrated media business. She has received prizes from two Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, one from The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, and one of her stories was short listed by the Tom Howard Short Story Contest.
Her work has appeared in various journals including Del Sol Review and a prose poem has been included in the anthology “Oil and Water and Other things That Don’t Mix.” She is the founder of TheNovelette.com, which offers no-fee, themed, short story contests for emerging writers. She lives in Virginia.
LB’s Blog: http://thenovelette.com/category/blog
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