In the small Lake Erie township of Benning,
someone is at work
cultivating a supernatural garden …
Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows–some born of chance, some born of choice. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. “The Sinners’ Garden” is his second novel. His first novel, “The Reason,” was published in 2012. William makes his home in southern Michigan and you can reach him at WilliamSirls.com.
Andy Kemp’s young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger.
As Andy’s mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy’s pain. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.
Elsewhere, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering in one of the poorest homes in town. She soon realizes that the masked prowler has left thousands of dollars in gift cards from a local grocery store.
As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy and Rip discover an enormous and well-kept garden of wildflowers that seems to have grown overnight at an abandoned steel mill.
Soon, they realize who the gardener is, and a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.
An amazing book with an amazing cast of characters and one unforgettable story!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Sinners’ Garden, but the synopsis intrigued me.
I really got wrapped up in the lives of these characters…the good, the bad and the ugly.
Main character Andy has not had an easy life and I quickly liked him and empathized with his character.
What I especially appreciate is that this author takes his characters through the ups and downs and doesn’t wave a happy ever after wand…the story seems real and relatable in many ways.
Superb storytelling, unforgettable characters and a brilliant message of hope!
*****5/5 STARS- FANTASTIC; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****