Digging In by Loretta Nyhan


Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade–and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig.

As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more than a little alarmed. Paige knows nothing about gardening, and she’s boldly flouting neighborhood association bylaws. But with the help of new friends, a charming local cop, and the transformative power of the soil, Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life. Something big is beginning to take root–both in her garden and in herself.


So I got this book from Amazon’s Kindle First (that may or may not be what it’s called, but it’s something like that). It sounded like a cool “finding yourself” novel.

I loved that Paige stuck with her job after the changes in the company. She was a hard worker and was able to realize when she really did need to step it up, rather than complaining. She met some cool new people and created a life for her she might never have when her husband was alive. It’s interesting to see her guilt over changing what her life looks like now, because it’s so different–and she’s so different–than she used to be.

Paige has a crotchety neighbor who isn’t happy that she’s digging up her yard. But there’s more to him than meets the eye. This is true of everyone Paige meets throughout Digging In. It’s a good reminder that judging people on the surface is narrow-minded. Paige learns that and we learn it with her.

I almost never read the Acknowledgements section, but for some reason I read the first few sentences when I hit that page. This story really hit home. When Loretta Nyhan was writing this book, her husband died suddenly of a heart attack. Her experience was different than Paige’s. Loretta had a community of people to support her. Paige did not, and Loretta explored what it would be like to deal with grief when your only support system is gone. But Paige created that community for herself, and came out on top.

Overall, this was a great read. It’s not a must-read, but if you like this genre of novel, then it’s definitely worth picking up at the library. I don’t regret choosing it for my Kindle First!

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