Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Sinners’ Garden {review}

The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls

About the book:

In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural garden . . .
Andy Kemp's young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger.

As Andy's mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy's pain. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.

Elsewhere, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering in one of the poorest homes in town. She soon realizes that the masked prowler has left thousands of dollars in gift cards from a local grocery store.
As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive "Summer Santa," Andy and Rip discover an enormous and well-kept garden of wildflowers that seems to have grown overnight at an abandoned steel mill.

Soon, they realize who the gardener is, and a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.

My Thoughts:

What an interesting book! The Sinners’ Garden was truly a different type of book than I normally read. It was quite good! I really loved the characters in the story! Andy and his mom Judi, Heather the police officer and friend of Judi and Andy and Pastor Welsh. And my favorite character, Uncle Rip-Andy’s Uncle and Judi’s brother.  Uncle Rip has been on the wrong side of the law dealing drugs and made a complete change in his life and lives now for God and is covered by God’s grace and love.

The Sinners’ Garden is full of mystery. I thought I had the story line all figured out. Who the bad guy was and who the Summer Santa was. Boy was I wrong. I never saw it coming.  What a great story! Even though the ending was so different from what I expected I loved this book! The story shows how God can create goodness out of a very bad situation.  I enjoyed The Sinners’ Garden so much I am requesting William Sirls first book The Reason from our library!

Meet the author: Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows---some born of chance, some born of choice. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners' Garden is his second novel. His first novel, The Reason, was published in 2012. William makes his home in southern Michigan.

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Meet William Sirls: Once a senior vice president in a large investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners’ Garden is his second novel. William is celebrating the book's release with an iPad giveaway.



  One winner will receive:
  • A brand new iPad Mini
  • The Sinners' Garden by William Sirls
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 1st. Winner will be announced March 3rd on William Sirls' blog.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by William’s blog on the 3rd to see if you won.

disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

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