My Review of “Digging In” by Loretta Nyhan
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.