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Comparing Covers #28: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome to Comparing Covers where I will showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.


While perusing my tbr pile I came upon The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. It has a striking cover and ever the curious bookworm, I wanted to see if there were alternate covers.


I found myself liking the e-book cover too for different reasons. One is that it has more personality. The print cover is striking but I like the overall tone for the e-book cover better. I threw in the Polish cover variant just because it was a little different than the English versions.



Give grief a chance …

Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years – ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed.

At least her textbook illustrating job has some perks – like actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there’s that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can’t be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity.

After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles Botanical Garden feeling out of her element. But what she’ll soon discover – with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners – is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not…

Comparing covers header The Garden of Small Beginnings edit

The Garden of Small Beginnings

Print Edition

The Garden of Small Beginnings e-book

E-book Edition















International Editions

The Garden of Small Beginnings Polish

Polish Edition

Which cover of The Garden of Small Beginnings did you vote for?
  • For all other Comparing Covers, refer to the archive.




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I think I prefer the first, only because the second looks more like a cookbook cover than a fiction read cover. I think that’s the only reason why I lean more towards it. The second one definitely has more going for it.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I don’t think that I have seen the ebook version before now. Strange. I picked the ebook because if I knew nothing about the book, I would be more likely to pick that one up. I already have the book on my radar and hope to read it so I would probably look for the print version if I was shopping for it.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Interesting that the print and e-books versions have different covers. I love the print cover. That Polish cover is pretty bad. LOL

Lily B

I def love the print cover for this, its pretty and eye pleasing and not busy

Siran Toukhanian

I think the eBook is better. The print cover makes it look likle an Arts and Crafts book.

Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading

I prefer the ebook edition cover.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

Oh I loved this book so much. The print version is my favorite but I don’t mind the ebook version.

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