My rating: 4 stars out of 5

This book was a fun, surprising, quirky read.

I fell in the love with the cover and the title ages ago and finally picked it up with my birthday money when I saw it for a ridiculously low price online.

I saved this book for my beach vacation for two reasons, it looked like a good beach read (light and fun) and it was a paper back, so would be easy and lightweight for packing. I’m so glad I bought it and brought it on my trip. I was right, it was a great beach read! But it also had a lot more depth than I was expecting.

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This story is that of Ben and the little old robot he finds sitting in his garden. It’s just sitting there, watching the horses and the view across the lane. It doesn’t leave. And this gets on Ben’s wife’s nerves. She asks him to to go move the robot. And that’s where the story really gets going. Ben and the robot form an odd friendship while he tries to figure out where the robot comes from and how to get him back to his owner. Set in a version of our modern world in which robots are common and normal household help, this book is a great mix of contemporary realism and science fiction.

A Robot in the Garden explores what makes a person a person, relationships, and the way we sometimes get stuck–and how to get unstuck and continue pursuing the life we want. It might sound heavy, but it’s a quirky story full of funny moments and a great puzzle–where did this weird little robot come from and how in the world did it end up in name’s garden!?

A fun, lovely, adorable, poignant read. Perfect for traveling.


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Goodreads Synopsis:

Funny, touching, charming, wise and a bit magical, this is a novel that explores what it is to be a man, a sentient being and even a parent. A Robot in the Garden is a gem of a first novel, perfect for anyone who has ever found it difficult to connect with the world.

What would you do if you found a robot in your back garden? For 34-year-old Ben Chambers the answer is obvious: find out where it came from and return it home, even if it means losing his wife in the process. Determined to achieve something for once in his life, Ben embarks on a journey that takes him and the endearing robot, Tang, to the far side of the globe…and back again. Along the way Ben begins to change, subtly at first, and then in ways that only become clear on his return to the house he’s always lived in.

Book: A Robot in the Garden
Version: Paperback
Author: Deborah Install
Publisher: Random House Canada
Release Date: January 1, 2015
Genre: Fiction


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