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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Twigs In My Hair: A Gardening Memoir is a work of non-fiction memoir, penned by author Cynthia Reyes, with accompanying photographs by Hamlin Grange. In a visual twist on the memoir genre, the author utilizes the gardens of her past and present to tell a unique and genuine tale about her passion for gardening and the journeys to which this fascination has led. Whilst including practical information that concerns her mastery of the art of gardening over the years, we also meet friends and family among Cynthia’s gardens, unveiling a warm and harmonious retelling of life’s typical ups and downs.
One of the things I most enjoyed about this short and charming memoir was its narrative tone in which author Cynthia Reyes utilizes her extensive writing experience to convey both artful tips as one who observes and truly appreciates the gardens of her life, but also in drawing those parallels between memories, nature and real-life experiences. The magical gardens of childhood were one such example which used beautiful language to conjure up a sense of adventure and possibility. The photographs by Hamlin Grange are extremely beautiful and well presented throughout the book, enhancing the descriptive effects of the text and the atmosphere which Cynthia Reyes creates. Ideal for keen gardeners and those who may want to engage more with nature and the outdoors, Twigs In My Hair: A Gardening Memoir is a heartwarming and relatable work that will touch anyone who reads it.