This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Mister Owita’s Guide To Gardening
Carol Wall’s yard is a mess. This, in the past has not bothered her. Between raising kids, working, spending time with her husband and doing other things- the yard has not been a priority. One day, though, Carol begins to realize how far the yard has gotten out of control and openly envies other yards. Shortly, she finds out about Mister Owita and he begins to help Carol with her garden. Even though she knows the garden needs work- she is hesitant about some Owita’s advice and preferences (the azaela bushes being one thing). Soon, though, with Owita’s charming way of looking at life- she begins to trust him more and more and open herself to learning- not just gardening tips, but life lessons as well.
As the reader gets further into MISTER OWITA, they see how a platonic and life-changing friendship has formed between Carol and Giles. To the outside world, Giles may be a man who bags groceries and has quite the green thumb- but beneath those appearances, he is a man who has achieved much academically- but hides from the notion of elevating his status by revealing that side of life.
Carol and Giles have a friendship that began by Carol simply needing guidance from a man with a green thumb. However, Carol received much more from this man- she learned about life, how to gracefully handle illness, and to look beyond appearances; plus how to have a nice garden. Their story of friendship is one that is to be admired.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
When my Futuristic Friday co-host, Katie from Doing Dewey, chose MISTER OWITA’S GUIDE TO GARDENING as part of the inaugural Futuristic Friday, I saw the title and thought “Oh, I might get this for my mom.” Then I read further and realized that gardening might me more of a metaphor than an actual guide (which it was!) But, still, the book stayed in mind. A few weeks later, a publicist contacted me about MISTER OWITA and I decided that I must know what the fuss was all about- Katie was raving about the book, other bloggy friends as well. I received the book and began reading- enjoying Giles Owita gentle way of looking at life- because this man could have been bitter about how some of life turned out- and yet, he wasn’t.
The more I read the story of him and Carol, of the lessons he taught Carol, the battles she struggled, and how their friendship altered both of their lives, I was touched. Deeply touched.
If you are looking for a read that will make you think deeply about life, this is the read for you.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T