Review of Gardening With Guns

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Gardening With Guns" by AJ Wootton.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The life story of Amber, the author, is a riveting tale that spans three generations with all of its trials and tribulations. She grew up in a close-knit family with her parents and two brothers, Kirk and Jay. They were also very close to her grandparents, Thelma and Bernard. As we embark on this journey with Amber, we begin to realize that her whole life was shaped by the impact that her mother and father's lives had on her. Both parents went through four marriages, with her father going through five as he married her mother twice. This meant an almost regular change in stepmothers and stepfathers. The first stepfather, Glen, lasted five years during which time he emotionally, physically, and sexually abused all of them, mother and children. It comes as no surprise that Amber's formative years shaped her low self-esteem and feelings of insecurity. Amber's saving grace was her intelligence and determination to not repeat her parents' mistakes. She found a retreat in her dreams and the secret aspirations she coveted for herself.

Her marriage to Matt provides Amber with the first positive experience in her life she could call her own. They have three children together - Cam, Rachel, and Austin. Matt is everything Amber wanted in life - he is her best friend, a wonderful father, a good provider, he comes from a loving family, and is the rock she can always rely on. Matt, however, is hiding a dark secret that would become the tipping point in their marriage. After eighteen years of marriage, Amber by chance gets a glimpse of what Matt has been hiding from her. It takes her a further ten years of anxiety and stress before she finally decides on the future of their relationship.


I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gardening with Guns, by AJ Wootton. There were so many different genres at play during the telling of her life story - drama, action, suspense, mystery, and even a suspicion of murder. At over three hundred pages it was not a short read, but due to the genres involved, coupled with my inquisitive nature, I did not stop reading a chapter until it was completed. Amber did a great job in ensuring that the thread running through the book was kept intact as she juggled the storyline between what was currently happening and the related past events. This style of writing gave great insight into all the main characters in the book.


To be honest, this book contained nothing of note that wasn't enjoyable to me.


It is rather unfortunate that I found more than ten editing errors and therefore, I have to rate the book three out of four stars.


I would recommend this book for all adults, regardless of whether you have a loving and caring family or a dysfunctional one. Amber's journey from a loving environment to periods of uncertainty and anxiety in her life will open your eyes to how quickly and easily your existence can get worse, or better. Ultimately, this book is about hope, self-belief, and love.

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It's always a hard time reading books that are not properly edited. The author could work on this. Great review.
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@Nonso Ok wrote
It's always a hard time reading books that are not properly edited. The author could work on this. Great review.

Thank you for the feedback, appreciated.
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The title is captivating already. And your review is so detailed. Thanks a lot for the insightful review and recommendation.
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@Saint Bruno wrote
The title is captivating already. And your review is so detailed. Thanks a lot for the insightful review and recommendation.

Thank you for the feedback. I hope you get to read it.
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Thank you for this insightful review! I would love to read this book, I love family dramas :)
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@Ellylion wrote
Thank you for this insightful review! I would love to read this book, I love family dramas :)

Thank you for the feedback. You can't go wrong with this one, enjoy.
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I've read this book and I have to agree with you. It needs another round of editing.
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A tale that spans three generations with all of its trials and tribulations makes it very much appealing to read. By reading your insightful review I could make out this book is worth reading.
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This is a kind of book that I would recommend just like how I recommend A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, I would not recommend it so easily, as it concerns heavy stories and topics and I would not recommend it if the person doesn't know all the trigger warnings regarding this book. Thanks for your review!
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@Tarie07 wrote
I've read this book and I have to agree with you. It needs another round of editing.

Thank you for reading the review.
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@sanjus wrote

A tale that spans three generations with all of its trials and tribulations makes it very much appealing to read. By reading your insightful review I could make out this book is worth reading.

Thank you for the feedback and I hope you get to read the book.
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@Hyacinth Bella wrote

This is a kind of book that I would recommend just like how I recommend A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, I would not recommend it so easily, as it concerns heavy stories and topics and I would not recommend it if the person doesn't know all the trigger warnings regarding this book. Thanks for your review!

Thank you for the feedback. Comments noted.
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A book with different genres at play including drama, action, suspense, and mystery sound like a satisfying read. It's too bad about the errors though. Thank you for putting up this wonderful review. I enjoyed reading it!
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@SamaylaM wrote
A book with different genres at play including drama, action, suspense, and mystery sound like a satisfying read. It's too bad about the errors though. Thank you for putting up this wonderful review. I enjoyed reading it!

Thank you for the positive feedback, appreciated.
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