Date: Jan. 2002
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Janet Elaine Smith
Notes: Reviewer Janet Elaine Smith is the author of
A House Call to the Past, Monday Knight, My Dear Phebe, In St.
Patrick’s Custody, Recipe For Murder, Dunnottar, Marylebone,
A Christmas Dream
Murphy is an all-too-typical married woman of the 1960 era. Since
her husband Henry is a traveling salesman, Ariane is often left
alone to do her daily household chores—and to dream. Her “wants”
are so simple: a real love affair, and a common flower
garden she can nurture and care for.
Ariane’s garden can be nothing more than a dream garden. Henry
has forbidden her to go out and dig up the yard or to plant her
longed-for seeds and bulbs. The visions of morning glories were
only in her mind. “The Dream Garden,” she named it.
One day when Henry was on the road, Ariane sat alone gazing at the
yard and imagining her dream garden. A car pulled into the yard
and a man got out and walked towards her.
Anderson was an area handyman looking for work. Before she knew
what was happening, Ariane was sharing her dream with this stranger.
Soon he was digging in the yard, on his way to making her dream
come true. As they got better acquainted, it became apparent that
there were more than flowers growing between them. The magnetism
between them was undeniable. But Martin would not cross that line;
Ariane was somebody else’s wife. Eventually Martin and Henry
met and Ariane’s dream turned to a nightmare. To distance
himself from Ariane’s life, Martin disappeared. Only once
was there any further contact made.
Henry’s life as a traveling salesman, with a very active male
libido, caught up with him. He ended up in a hospital and was confined
to a wheelchair. The rest of Ariane’s life was one of servitude
and loneliness—and dreams of the true love of her life. All
that remained of Martin Anderson was her dream garden.
Dream Garden is a tender love story, reminding the reader of
the dreams we all have. Some of us are lucky enough to have those
dreams fulfilled, while others just dream our lives away. The
Dream Garden has undertones that are very reminiscent of The
Bridges of Madison County, but the ending of The Dream
Garden is much more satisfying. For a touch of reality and
a hope that dreams do come true, The Dream Garden is highly