The First Gardener

the_first_gardener_denise_hildreth_joneswhite-book_TransJeremiah 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.

What others are saying

“Denise Hildreth Jones plants another winner with The First Gardner. This poignant Southern tale shows that love and forgiveness can be cultivated even in the midst of the strangling weeds of incomprehensible loss.”
“Reading “The First Gardner” is an all-encompassing experience. It will totally absorb you from the first page to the last, and when you finish, you will want more. Denise Hildreth Jones is a rising star on the literary scene, and this book is an indication that she will be around for some time to come.”
Jackie Cooper for The Huffington Post
“Denise gives a peek into how God works in our lives in unexpected ways. I highly recommend this story which gives the reader a visual on the attributes of God and so much more. These characters will stay in your heart and mine long after the last page is read!”
Nora St. Laurent of The Book Club Network