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Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing.

Today’s writer/gardener guest is Rachel Sharpe, talking about the upside of Coronavirus on her garden. Welcome, Rachel!


A global pandemic. The very phrase elicits anxiety, panic, stress. People are furloughed. Schools are closed. A once fast-paced world has been stopped in its tracks.

I don’t think anyone was prepared for what would happen or what may come next when the dreaded Coronavirus made its way to the United States. I am doing my best to keep a positive attitude, stay safe, and make lemonade out of lemons. If not for myself, for my children.

One of my father’s favorite sayings is “Look for the good.” In everything in life, there is some good, no matter how hard it may be to find. Over the past few weeks, I have spent more uninterrupted time with my family than ever before. And it’s good. We are outside for most of the day. And it’s good. We have had video chats and game nights with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. And it’s good. Today, we began making preparations to finally start the vegetable garden we’ve always wanted. And it’s good.

As I type this, I see my son in his dad’s cowboy hat holding the tape measure as his dad lays the foundation for the garden and beside me, my daughter busily chatters about the vegetables she wants to plant.

“Maybe we can even plant some fruit trees?” she asks, a hopeful smile upon her sweet little face.

“Yes,” I agree. “That all sounds really good.”


About the Gardener/Writer

Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition, Lost Distinction, Bitter Retribution, and Simple Misconception, all part of the Jordan James, PI series, a mystery series with sweet romance. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.

Rachel currently resides with her husband and children in the Greater New Orleans area where she and her children work together to maintain a simple garden.

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Simple Misconception

by Rachel Sharpe

When private investigator Jordan James returns home to New Orleans for Christmas, she never imagined her holiday could end with kidnapping and death. As she begins to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a childhood friend, she unwittingly stumbles upon a dangerous, international syndicate. With lives at risk and time running short, Jordan must find a connection between these seemingly unrelated events if she ever hopes to find her friend.

SIMPLE MISCONCEPTION, Available Now on Amazon