Digging In by Loretta Nyhan

Digging In

In author Loretta Nyhan’s warm, witty, and wonderful novel, a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over—right in her own backyard. Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade—and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her n...

Details Digging In

TitleDigging In
Release DateApr 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Digging In

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "Everything can be learned, you know? Some people learn sooner, others later. Not a big deal if the outcome is the same."Guys, this book wrecked me. I've been a fan of Loretta's writing since her previous novel, All The Good Parts, was released. I was left itching for more of her witty charm and boy, did I find it here. Her novels are emotional for sure, but they still manage to deal with tough themes in an upbeat and hilarious way. When I pick ...
  • Larry H
    My mother, God rest her soulCouldn't understand why the only manShe had ever loved had been takenLeaving her to startWith a heart so badly brokenDespite encouragement from meNo words were ever spoken...—Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Alone Again Naturally"4.5 stars for this one.I loved this! What a great story.Jesse was a part of Paige's life since eighth grade, and he was her only love. Often it was the two of them against the world, and she always knew...
  • Esil
    I’ve read some strong reviews for this one, but I must admit that I found it ok but didn’t love it.Payge is in her mid forties, has been a widow for 2 years, and she’ll still trying to find her footing. Her relationship with her 17 year old son is shaky and her job with a small advertising agency seems to be hanging by a thread. The story bumbles along somewhat predictably, as Payge sinks to new lows, and slowly makes her way uphill to a be...
  • Amy
    Based solely on the blurb I figured that Digging In would be a fairly heavy read, following Paige as she works through her grief after losing her husband. While grief is definitely at the core of this novel, it wasn’t depressing or bleak, instead it was full of humor, wit and heart which was just such a breath of fresh air.Sadly, Nyhan lost her own husband so she has firsthand experience in the way a widow may feel and behave, and while she ack...
  • Dee Arr
    There’s something special in this book, hidden between the pages yet shared with us at the same time. Author Loretta Nyhan has shared a humorous yet realistic vision of one woman’s reborn hope and persistence, even when faced with the collapse of everything that meant something to her. This is the situation facing Paige. Her husband is gone, and the company she has worked at for years is heaving with new (and somewhat off-the-wall) changes. H...
  • Janelle
    Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing for providing my copy of DIGGING IN by Loretta Nyhan - all opinions are my own.Paige once lived harmoniously with her husband and teenage son in a nice, safe life. But after her husband’s sudden death, Paige’s grief takes ahold of her. They lived in their own world for so long, but that world shattered, leaving emptiness, loneliness, and pain. Now, for the past two years Paige has been sleepwalking throu...
  • Barbara White
    I want to scream from the rooftops, "I love this book!" What a delightful, funny, authentic, and rather wise story about the healing power of gardening and the struggle to re-root yourself after crippling loss. Paige is an extraordinary heroine: smart, funny, kind, outspoken, quirky. You feel the rawness of her grief, but there's no sentimentality, and she has cracking good lines, such as: "I'm trying to bring me back" or "I pressed the 'Pause' b...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    What a delightful, sparkling and hopeful story. I had no idea what I was walking into. When Ashley at Amazon Publishing brought me this copy, I think she knew this wasn't my usual type of read... and then told me it was worth it and it absolutely IS! The only thing I could even nitpick at is that I felt Paige was portrayed older than her forty-three years of age. Maybe it's because that is exactly how old I am and she felt older to me. We're also...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    I was given a copy of this book from Amazon Publishing #partner for an honest review. If I was judging a book by its cover I would think this one would be humorous and a bit quirky. It was that and so much more. Paige is dealing with her grief over the sudden death of her husband and soul mate two years ago. Her teenage son Trey is struggling with the loss of his dad. Mother and son are both trying to navigate their grief and find their place in ...
  • Elizabeth
    This is a great book. Paige is an amazing character. There were some frustrating personalities throughout the story and I was impressed with how Paige would handle people and situations. It gave me a lot to think about.. she was always a bigger person than I imagine I would have been had I been in a similar position. This book will stick with me.I will definitely look forward to reading more of her books.
  • Liz
    A cute story but I was mostly moved by the Acknowledgments at the end of the book. Congrats to Nyhan on her accomplishment under very difficult circumstances.
  • Amy
    There was a lot to like in this book. It had that genuine feel, not forced or artificial. I was looking for something light-ish to read while this broken knee healed, and got this from the first reads program on Amazon. Glad I picked this one, not the science fiction! It had a depth that I hadn't expected, but with a light touch, even on tricky subjects.What really drove home the author's skill was reading the afterward, where she tells that half...
  • Pam
    This is one of the best books I have read this year. Charming, humorous and wise- it is a fantastically pleasurable read. Do not miss it. I just ordered her earlier book.
  • Rebecca
    Grieving widow (Paige) grieves husband (Jesse) by creating a massive garden. Just like The Garden of Small Beginnings which I read earlier this week, this story also used growing a garden as an analogy for a new beginning after the loss of a spouse. Ironically, both wives lost their husbands in car accidents.Two years ago, Paige unexpectedly lost her husband, Jesse, in a car accident. Still reeling from the loss (they'd been best friends since ei...
  • Susan Peterson
    With her book Digging In, Loretta Nyhan has written the most wonderful book about rediscovering yourself after suffering an excruciating loss. The main character, Paige, is struggling to get her life back on track after her husband’s death two years before the book takes place. When a disgruntled neighbor points out her neglected lawn, Paige’s response is to just start digging. The events after that are filled with humor and sadness, and a po...
  • Cresta McGowan
    Digging In by Loretta Nyhan follows the life of Paige Moresco after the loss of her beloved husband Jesse. I'm not giving anything away here - this is in the first few pages of the novel and from the beginning of page one the reader can see Paige is struggling - to hold onto herself, her job, and her relationships with her teenage son, Trey. To add insult to injury, her boss of more than a decade in the advertising firm she works for dies suddenl...
  • Chrissie
    A touching but middling story about life after personal loss and tragedy. This is a simple story about a woman just beginning to come up for air after losing her husband, and learning to stay afloat. Sweet and quaint, but not too sugary to be unreal, Digging In was a surprise delight for my Kindle First—now called Amazon First Reads choice.Despite some quirkiness, I felt all the characters were fairly real and lifelike. I would love to have see...
  • Booknblues
    Digging In by Loretta Nyhan is the type of book I rarely read. There were two factors which influenced my choice, one it was a free Kindle First book and secondly it was about a woman, Paige Moresco who decides to dig up her back yard and put in a garden, this is something I have actually done so I wanted to read about an experience with it.Paige's reason for digging up her yard is quite different than mine. Her life is falling apart, her husband...
  • Aura
    I love when I pick up a kindle book purely on vibe and it turns out to be a gem. That is how I feel about Digging In. Paige and Jesse were the perfect couple. Nice suburb home, work, an adored son and a manicure lawn. Jesse dies after 21 years of marriage. I cant even imagine it. Fast forward to two years after the tragedy and Paige goes to work, is managing at work and with her son but just barely. How long does one grieve and how do we manage a...
  • Jackie
    "Forever. Till death do us part. The thing is, no one tells you what to do when the parting happens. And they forget to explain that when death is sudden, the parting is actually a ragged tear, not a clean separation. It leaves all the ends unfinished, and they just unravel and unravel and . . ."Nyhan, Loretta. Digging In: A Novel (p. 5). Lake Union Publishing. Kindle Edition. Barely into the book when the quote above was written. It made me st...
  • Debbie
    This was an "Amazon First Reads" book and I'm so glad I picked it! Wow! I had no idea how it would end & almost didn't want it to. Can't believe I got it for free. I'm definitely going to look up more of her books. Thanks Loretta Nyhan!
  • Barbara Sissel
    DIGGING IN is the loveliest novel. The title is perfect—a metaphor for digging deep. It is the story of a woman who has been brought to her knees by the loss of her husband, the love of her life. Now absolutely everything is on the line, her job, her relationship with her teenage son, and her will to live, hangs in the balance. The unique and surprising—even to her—ways she recovers had me turning the pages, and yet I wanted to linger. In h...
  • Linda Zagon
    I enjoyed the warm, emotional and heartwarming novel “Digging in” by Loretta Nyhan. The Genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline is mostly written in the present and goes to the immediate past when it is pertinent to the characters or events in the story. The author describes the characters as complicated, complex, dysfunctional, quirky, and confused. Most of the characters are likable.I appreciate that the author ...
  • David Richardson
    Sorry folks but didn't do a thing for me. Seemed flat from start to finish. It had a couple of bright spots, but not enough to save it for me. I hope you like it better than I did
  • Karol
    I was drawn into the book from the opening lines. And I absolutely loved the story from beginning to end. So many aspects that I related to: Sudden Loss. Stress of a new and off-beat co-workers and boss. Teen-age son struggling to find himself while dealing with sudden loss. A nosy, intractable neighbor. A picky homeowner's association. New friends. Old habits. New surprises.There were some very serious undertones in this novel, but the story was...
  • Shelley Lawrence
    3.5 starsThis is a quirky, unusual story about a woman who is struggling with the loss of her husband and how she (and her son as a side character) deals with her grief in her own unique, inexplicable way. There is a great deal of self-reflection as Paige, the main character, discovers who she is now that she faces life without her longtime spouse, as she reinvents herself at this new stage and discovers how to move forward. Along the way she hel...
  • Adrienne Burdsall
    Quirky and sweet. Definitely a pleasant surprise for a Kindle First reads freebie.
  • Katherine
    This was my Amazon First book for this month. Not very many books grab me from the start but this one did. The author used some of her own experiences for this book. It would have been a 5 star, but I thought the interaction with the neighbor could have been written better. If you happened to have read,” A man Called Ove” and liked it you will like this one.