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The Gardens of Covington joyously celebrates women and friendship, families and love, laughing through the tears, thinking with the head and the heart. The ladies, so real and inspiring, will make you wish they were your neighbors.

If this is your first visit to the small town of Covington, you'll feel comfortably at home in the white farmhouse with the yellow shutters on Cove Road that once again teems with warmth and fresh hope for today and tomorrow. If it's your second visit, you'll be thrilled to sit on the front porch once again and catch up with old friends and neighbors.

Hannah, cool-headed and calm, battles to save their beloved hills from the rapacious development that has already ruined Loring Valley, only five minutes from Cove Road. Amelia, giddy with a new found love, abandons the ladies and her photography to please her dashing new beau. And Grace is driven to prove she has an eye for business when she and her steady companion, Bob Richardson, open the Cottage Tea Room. New friends and neighbors are introduced. Eccentric Lurina Masterson, an 81-year-old-bride, brings tears of joy to all eyes as, wearing her childhood dream of a white satin wedding gown, she marries 91-year-old "Old Man." And George Maxwell, the ladies' closest neighbor, provides an inspired solution to preserving Covington's lush hills and valleys.

Joan Medlicott writes lovingly about the complexity and tenderness of women. She writes with honesty about relationships, about love and passion, about commitment and friendship as well as the complex and difficult links between parents and their children.

As you join the ladies of Covington through their highs and their lows, their joys and their sorrows, you will not want the book to end, nor will you wish to leave their world behind you.

Summer in Hannah's garden.

“Gentle reader, and I do mean ‘gentle’ literally, here’s a book for you: amiable, peaceful and pleasant… for those who enjoy a leisurely tale.”
—Dallas Morning News

“Written in the same comfortable ‘molasses-like’ style…again Medlicott captures small town life and in the process presents a charming story.” —Chatanooga Times/Free Press

“A plot that’s a whirl of activities, satisfactory resolutions, and low-key dramas.”
—Kirkus

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Cautious Grace Singleton, uncertain of her place in an intimidating world. Outspoken Hannah Parrish, harboring a private fear that may change her life. Fragile Amelia Declose, shattered by devastating grief. Circumstance has brought these disparate women of "a certain age" to a Pennsylvania boardinghouse where three square meals and a sagging bed is the most any of them can look forward to. But friendship will take them on a startling journey to a rundown North Carolina farmhouse where the unexpected suddenly seems not only welcome, but delightfully promising. And with nothing more than a bit of adventure in mind, each woman will be surprised to find that the years they've reclaimed from the shadow of twilight will offer something far more rare: confidence, competence, and even another chance at love...

Outstanding Praise:

“The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love is woven of tragedy, joy and the everyday occurrences that define life… In the end, the ladies of Covington send their love – and an inspiring message of self-acceptance, courage and survival.”
—Dallas Morning News

“Medlicott gives readers the feeling of knowing these women as well as, if not better than, they know themselves or each other. A must-read for women of all ages.”
—Tampa Tribune

“Medlicott… writes convincingly of women’s friendship and the burdens and blessings of age.”
—Orlando Sentinel

“Has an bracing warmth and generosity of spirit…Medlicott’s novel is all about what really matters, and is told with grace and sensitivity.”
—The State

“Medlicott’s idea is a winner.”
—Publishers Weekly

Joan Medlicott
P.O. Box 355
Barnardsville, NC 28709

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