Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Sinner's Garden By William Sirls

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.

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Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows--some born of chance, some born of choice. Once a senior vice president at a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering, where he learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for. Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. He is the father of two and makes his home in southern Michigan. Visit his site at:

I am not really sure how to write this review.
I must say that this book is a 5 star two times book. And that is not enough.
It was awesome and I could not put it down. Outstanding must read book!
To say this book is about Grace is just not enough. It is about forgiveness and love pours from every page. I hated to see this book come to an end.
I loved Rip, Judi and Heather. The characters in the book were fantastic to say the least. the storyline is one that you not soon forget.
I Highly recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. When I first started reading the review, I knew that this is a book that I definitely want to read. Sure hope that I win it! Thank you so very much, Mary, for another great review!

  2. Sounds like a good read. Thanks Mary for your great review of it!

    Judy B

  3. Now this is a book that I could get into. Thank you Mary for the time you take to share all of these books with us.

  4. Thank you so much for the kind words, Mary! I appreciate you taking the time to read the book and for your generous review.

  5. Mary, thank you for the introduction to a book that is in my TBR and reviewed stack of books. I can hardly wait to begin reading this book! Beautiful review!

  6. I really want to read this book. Would never have heard of it without you Mary. Thank you so much. This is now on my must read list.

    Cathy Weber

  7. Oh my. With that recommendation I really want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway Mary. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  8. Wonderful review Mary. This book sounds awesome.

  9. This sounds like such an incredible story! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Mary.