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Jeremiah Williams has been tending the gardens of the Tennessee governor’s mansion for over twenty-five years. And like most first families who have come and gone, this one has stolen his heart.
Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, have struggled for ten years to have a child and are now enjoying a sweet season of life—anticipating the coming reelection and sending their precious daughter, Maddie, off to kindergarten—when a tragedy tears their world apart. As the entire state mourns, Mackenzie falls into a grief that threatens to swallow her whole.
Though his heart is also broken, Jeremiah realizes that his gift of gardening is about far more than pulling weeds and planting flowers. It’s about tending hearts as well. As he uses the tools that have been placed in his hands, he gently begins to cultivate the hard soil of Mackenzie’s heart, hoping to help her realize what it took him years to discover.
A Southern tale of loss, love, and living, The First Gardner reminds us that all of life is a gift, but our heart is the most valuable gift of all.

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July 19, 2011

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Wow! This is an amazing book. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I loved the story of Gray and Mackenzie and the struggles that they went through. It was a beautiful story with laughter, pain, and a lot of emotion. I highly recommend this book! Thank you to the author for an amazing story.

Beautifully written. The First Gardener is lighthearted but heartwrenching novel about trusting God in everthing. The Author had me laughing and crying all the way through!

First Gardner was an amazing book. Denise Hildreth Jones descriptions made me feel like I was at the Governor’s mansion in Tennessee. The story of Governor Gray London and his wife, Mackenzie, is one of heartbreak and hope. Jones tells a tell that makes your relate to the characters, care about them and root for them; even when bad choices are being made. And the surprise ending was great, full of unexpected grace.