This was an interesting novel. Its the story of a town, a family, all centered around a garden. It begins with the founding of the town of Blackwell, originally Bearsville. It tells the 200+ year history of the descendants of Hallie Brady, who founded the two, and whose garden with blood red soil turned everything it grew red. Each chapter focuses on a different generation of Brady descendants, so it reads like a collection of short stories. Or an oral genealogical history of the family and town. It reminded me greatly of some of the little family stories that have passed down, except you get to see how some of the town legends originated in this. I found it well written and a quick read.