A visit from an angel changes the life of a grieving widower in this “deeply touching love story” by the award-winning author of The Last First Day (Booklist).
In the four months since Conrad Morrissey’s beloved wife, Rose, died, he has let her cherished garden slide into neglect, just as he has stopped caring what he eats or wears. But there, in Rose’s overgrown and unkempt garden, Conrad receives an unearthly visitor, familiar yet perplexing. It appears to be an angel—though it’s the last person he ever expected to see wearing wings. What does this mean? What should he do? What would vivacious Rose have done?
She would not have kept it a secret, Conrad decides, so he begins to share his story. And suddenly he finds himself learning how Rose touched the lives of people he barely knew. These people, from a silent, damaged young woman to the chattering ladies of Rose’s drama group, begin to shape his own days as they make unlikely pilgrimages to the garden. Conrad thought his life was over, but now—as a disaster threatens the tiny New Hampshire town where all of them live—there is hope in Rose’s last message of love.
“A magical first novel . . . both luminous and wise.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Brown’s writing . . . conveys intense events and emotions with a deceivingly gentle touch.” —USA Today
“Simply the most romantic love story you will read this year. Don’t miss it.” —Albuquerque Journal