Truelove & Homegrown TomatoesBook - 2003
Grief-stricken over the death of her beloved husband, Imogene Lavender dedicates herself to nurturing the tomatoes in her vegetable garden, her daughter Jeanette, and her niece Loutishie, and finds love and hope in her garden. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Simon and Schuster
When her beloved husband of forty-eight years dies, Imogene "Imo" Lavender takes solace in her tomato garden and finds her own life beginning to blossom. Raising two young women -- her rebellious sixteen-year-old daughter, Jeanette, and Lou, the thirteen-year-old niece she has taken in -- demands most of her time, but a friend insists that a trip to the Kuntry Kut 'n' Kurl and a new man are what Imo really needs. At her prompting, Imo sets off on a hilarious dating spree with a series of unsuitable bachelors.
While Jeanette grows increasingly reckless, Lou joins her aunt in the garden, learning lessons about love and life. A shocking announcement from Jeanette and a sudden death then remind them all that life, like a garden, changes with the seasons -- and that the healing of a heart comes with time, love, and patience, just as surely as a new crop of tomatoes rewards a devoted gardener.