Book Review | The Naked Gardener

Title: The Naked Gardener

Author: LB Gschwandtner

My Review:

With a name like The Naked Gardener, how could anyone not be curious as to the story between the line drawn covers? I had been desperately craving to read something with quirky characters, and by the title alone, I thought The Naked Gardener by LB Gschwandtner would fit the bill. The story within was a bit more serious than the name of it might suggest, and once I accepted that fact I was able to let myself begin to enjoy Gschwandtner’s writing.

The Naked Gardener is the first person perspective of free-spirited artist Katelyn Cross, who happens to enjoy gardening in her birthday suit. She lives in northern Vermont with her boyfriend Maze during the summers in a chicken coop. Katelyn’s relationship with Maze is complicated, however; Maze wants nothing more to marry her, but Kate has no interest in committing to that degree with him because she feels as if he is trying to replace his dead wife with her.

In order to gain some perspective on life and her relationship with Maze, Katelyn organizes a dangerous canoe trip with five female friends. Together these women are on a mission: to brainstorm ways to save their dying town of Trout Falls and find the solutions to the problems that plague their lives. It’s a little bit Sex and the City meets the wilderness, and is a pretty decent read for the most part.

The copy I received of The Naked Gardener is the final, polished copy. When I get the completed book, I expect that is has gone through several rounds of editing, polishing, and formatting with a fine-tooth comb. I have a very sharp eye for editing mistakes, and some in this book really stood out to me to the point that they were a huge distraction and I didn’t enjoy Gschwandtner’s writing as much as I may have otherwise. Some of the glaring mistakes I encountered were the following: “in synch” instead of “in sync” (both are actually right, but as a magazine editor, Gschwandtner should be aware that “in sync” is the preferred spelling), “Its” instead of “it’s”, and “whose” instead of “who’s”.  Additionally, there were some punctuation errors throughout the novel as well.

If you don’t notice grammatical or punctuation errors in the books you read, then you will probably enjoy this novel if the premise appeals to you. If proper grammar and punctuation impact your enjoyment of books, as it does for me, you may want to consider passing on this one.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


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