This story revolves around Tilly, a widow with a young son, Isaac. Tilly owns a very successful garden nursery business. She puts her heart and soul into the business and can thereby hide from the world and temporarily not think about her husband's death. A man comes to her door seeking someone, and willing to pay a huge wage, who will build the garden of his dreams. Tilly is not a landscaper, and despite the amount of money offered, repeatedly tells him she will not take the job. He isn't dissuaded, sure that Tilly is the one to create his vision. The man is James Nealy, a man who suffers greatly from OCD, and has retired young from a successful software development company. He believes that facing his fears, including creating this garden, will be therapeutic.
A family emergency sends Tilly and Isaac back to her childhood home in England, where she faces a former love. However, James shows up again, having followed her to her native home.
Throughout the story, there are many interesting supporting characters.
All in all, a well written book that would be great for a summer read, or for curling up on a cold winter's day.