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Review:  "And I Shall Have Some Peace There," a Book by Margaret Roach

By Sharon
May 18, 2012

Right up front I'll tell you this book is not a 'how-to' gardening book. It is, however, a book that might very well mirror every thought and fear that most of us gardeners have faced at one time or another. Let's take a look at a surprisingly fun, totally inspiring, and very personal glimpse into the soul of a New York businesswoman turned full-time gardener.

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valleylynn
May 17, 2012 7:49 PM CST
Sharon what a great book review.

I feel I must have this book so I too can experience the wonder of reading it. Thank you.
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Sharon
May 17, 2012 8:13 PM CST
I guess it's pretty obvious I liked the book. Smiling
It really is interesting and fun to read. She's casual and intense all at the same time and you never know when the humor will creep in.

Thanks Lynn.
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Name: Judy Edwards
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May 17, 2012 9:40 PM CST
I love Margaret Roach! I subscribe to her blog & wish I had her life!!! I have her book but hadn't started it. Thanks to your review, I'll go pull it down off the shelf!

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Sharon
May 17, 2012 9:53 PM CST
You know, Judy, until the subject of the book came up, I'd never even noticed her, except as 'just another gardening blog'. Oh boy, I was so wrong. I've spent the past few weeks stuck in this book and alternately hopping and skipping all over her blog. I feel like I've found a treasure chest with a real honest-to-goodness beautiful live person opening it up to me.

Go read that book!! It's a treasure too. Thumbs up
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vic
May 18, 2012 4:09 AM CST
As an avid reader of books, thank you!

I saw myself just in the review part - can't wait to read the book Green Grin! Thumbs up

Don't you LOVE "meeting" like-minded people like Margaret Lovey dubby

Tasha Tudor was another gardener/author/painter that touched my heart and soul. Lovey dubby
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Sharon
May 18, 2012 4:28 AM CST
You are right, Vic, on all counts. And I nearly cried when we lost Tasha Tudor.

I think you'll like the book, put reading it on your list of 'must do' things.
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Shannon
May 18, 2012 6:41 AM CST
I just Love curling up with a good book. My favorite author is Nichloas Evans. This book sounds GREAT

can I get it on Amazon ? I would love to add it to my collection :)
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vic
May 18, 2012 8:37 AM CST
I cried like a baby when Tasha Tudor died. I always wanted to go spend time with her in her gardens. How cool would that have been!

I will definitely read Margaret's book. Thumbs up
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Sharon
May 18, 2012 8:45 AM CST
You can get it on Amazon, Shannon, here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Shall-Have-Some-Peace-There/dp/0446556...

I love Nicholas Sparks too, but this isn't a book like his. It's an autobiography composed of little vignettes of her life and her relationships with people, nature, animals, plants - as she makes the transition from Saks Fifth Avenue to a quiet little cottage in the woods. Good book!

Me too, Vic, about spending time in her gardens.

Oops, Shannon, you said N. Evans and I mentioned N. Sparks. Same thing though!
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Trish
May 18, 2012 9:24 AM CST

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We're going to be doing an audio interview with Margaret in July, so look forward to that!

If there are specific questions you'd like to ask her, let us know in tree-mail, and I'll add it to the list. Thumbs up
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valleylynn
May 18, 2012 9:27 AM CST
I just ordered the book. It will be here some time next week. Can't wait to read it.

Can't wait to hear the interview, I'm sure I'll have a question or two. : )

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May 18, 2012 9:49 AM CST
It's on my must have list now too. Margaret's book sounds wonderful! Thank you for the review, Sharon!
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Sharon
May 18, 2012 9:52 AM CST
Did I mention that it's funny, too? Moments of laugh out loud for sure.

But it's also poignant, introspective.
You just have to read it for yourself, I think. And probably we each take away from it something different.

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awaytogarden
May 20, 2012 4:18 AM CST
Thanks for not speed-reading, tee hee, and for the very kind words. There have been bumps and surprises along the road so far, but even on the most challenging days I am grateful for the view out the window, and the chance to connect with the garden and its complex community of incredible inhabitants. I never fail to be entertained, and amazed. Now out to mow before a workshop full of container-gardening students arrives!
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Sharon
May 20, 2012 8:25 AM CST
Hi Margaret,

I never speed read when words capture me and yours did.

What a great way to spend a beautiful day, not on the mower but doing a container workshop! I'll bet you enjoy it as much as your students do. Thanks for popping in here and thanks for a truly good book.
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valleylynn
May 20, 2012 8:57 AM CST
Nice to meet you Margaret.
My book will be here Monday. Can't wait to read it. : )
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MaryE
May 20, 2012 9:33 AM CST
Thanks, Sharon. That was fun!

Hello Margaret, I need to go check out your blog now, and I'm sure your book is in my future. (I have a birthday coming up this summer, and am very good at dropping direct hints!) If I can wait that long Whistling
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Sherri
May 26, 2012 10:21 AM CST
I finally got my book from the library. I am so glad you mentioned it Sharon, I am really enjoying it.
I am glad I am off all weekend, there is not much else I am going to do but read it!
This is definitely a book I will take away something from.
Thank you again.
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Sharon
May 26, 2012 10:26 AM CST
Happy for you, Sherri. And I think you'll grab more than one 'something' from it.
Every time I pick it up even now, I find something new.
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