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Publisher's Summary

Can love and friendship blossom on a rooftop?

The residents in Brisbane's Riverview apartment block barely know each other. They have no idea of the loneliness, the lost hopes and dreams, being experienced behind their neighbours' closed doors.

Vera, now widowed, is trying her hardest to create a new life for herself in an unfamiliar city environment. Unlucky-in-love Maddie has been hurt too many times by untrustworthy men yet refuses to give up on romance. Ned, a reclusive scientist, has an unusual interest in bees and worm farms. Meanwhile, the building's caretaker, Jock, has all but given up hope of achieving his secret dream.

When a couple of gardening enthusiasts from one of the apartments suggest they all create a communal garden on their rooftop, no one is interested. Not at first, anyway. But as the residents come together over their budding plants and produce, their lives become interconnected in ways they could never have imagined.

From award-winning novelist Barbara Hannay, The Garden of Hopes and Dreams is a timely and uplifting story about the importance of community and the healing power of connection.

©2021 Barbara Hannay (P)2021 Penguin Random House Australia

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A fantastic read

I loved this book. If you are looking for a feel good book then you will enjoy this book! Barbara does not disappoint. Enjoy!!

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Easy listening story, the only thing was the pronunciation of St Lucia was incorrect for the way it is said in Brisbane.

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Wonderful!

I enjoyed this lovely book so much! The story was delightful, warm and engaging. The narration was fantastic.

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Light hearted fluff

I mostly enjoyed this listen, the narrator definitely brought the story to life but I felt the story itself was lacking. I listened to the whole book still and enjoyed parts but over all it didn't really grab me or hold my attention.

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The Garden of Hope's and Drrams by Barbera Hannay

I so enjoyed this book it has love light and laughter wich are 3 grate quality's Thank you so very much. 💜💜💜

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terrible recording

Every phone call in the book was recorded as though under water. I can't hear them properly. Totally ruined the book for me. so sick of books being ruined like this, Audible.

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Pleasant easy listening

Pleasant Brisbane-centric story, despite a couple of inaccuracies including narrator's pronunciation of St Lucia (as picked up by another reviewer). Unfortunately also unsure whether the young woman character was believably a true Gen Z with many of her actions and comments incongruous with any current 20-something year olds I know.

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Great feel good story, for easy listening

I really enjoyed this book, it was easy listening and a sweet story line.

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Awesome

Truly wonderful storyline bought a smile to my day. It was Easy nice listening.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters who each presented their own stories. A lovely storyline

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