Front Yard by Norman DraperFront Yard by Norman Draper

Front Yard

byNorman Draper

Paperback | September 29, 2015

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Livia is a quiet Midwestern suburb known for its green-thumbed residents and their impeccable yards--but this summer, they'll be digging up a lot more than weeds. . .

George and Nan Fremont are renowned among their neighbors for their meticulously manicured backyard. Now that the weather's warming up, it's time for them to give their neglected front yard a much-needed makeover. Luckily, their daughter Mary and their gardening intern Shirelle are around to help.

But a bevy of meddlers stonewall their latest project before they can even dig in. Shirelle's college advisor, Dr. Brockheimer, is a little too enamored with the Fremonts' gardening prowess. Livia's resident historian, Miss Price, seems to be hiding something about the history of their property. And their nosy neighbor, Jim Graybill, is forever scanning their lawn for buried treasures with his beloved metal detector--but could he actually be onto something for once?

Trouble is in full bloom in Livia, but with a trowel in one hand and a glass of merlot in the other, George and Nan count on everything coming up roses.
Norman Draper spent 35 years as a newspaper reporter before leaving journalism in 2011. An avid gardener in thought, if not in deed, he is always up to the task of uncorking a bottle of Sagelands 2007 merlot and checking in on his beloved Minnesota Twins. Draper lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his wife, Jennifer, and has two grow...
Title:Front YardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.2 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:KensingtonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1617733075

ISBN - 13:9781617733079

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Quirky and Entertaining Read! After winning Burdick’s Best Yard Contest last year, George and Nan Fremont have decided to focus their attention on their sorry-looking front yard. With the help of their daughter and her friend, they manage to cultivate an immaculate garden that is the envy, yet again, of local gardeners. However, it isn’t just gardeners they have to be worried about this time. Now there are treasure hunters interested in their property as well! Although this is a sequel to Backyard, this book has a bit of a different feel to it. This one is more about the story instead of the characters. I loved the mystery aspect of the book. It had me hooked until the very end, waiting to see if there was indeed a treasure on the Fremonts’ property. And as stated above, this book wasn’t about the characters as much as the first, though we do get to meet up with familiar characters as well as several new ones. I thought the plot was excellent and I absolutely LOVED how the author tied everything up in the end. He doesn’t leave you hanging by any means and I appreciate that. The story was just fun and yet again, entertaining. It’s an engaging story and an easy read that can be devoured quickly. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something quirky and fun that’ll be sure to entertain!* *Note that there is a bit of rough language in places. (I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. The above opinions are entirely my own.)
Date published: 2015-07-18

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Norman Draper's Backyard

"Draper's savory satire demonstrates a splendid affinity for Mother Nature and a sardonic appraisal of human nature."--Booklist

"A clever fable. . .Readers looking for a quick, witty read will enjoy the thorns in this arrangement." --Publishers Weekly

"Draper carefully arranges his cast of loopy characters. . .A light tale of suburban warfare waged by the gardening elite."--Kirkus