“Sometimes the very thing we fight or protest against is exactly what we actually need or lack.”
Betty Craven is the epitome of elegance, class, and perfection. Her prize-winning garden is the envy of her neighbors; her impeccable manners and epicurean skills have made her the “hostess with the most-est.”
But all is not what it seems.
The truth is that this fifty-eight year old’s seemingly idyllic world is quickly disintegrating. Widowed and left with a modest income, Betty’s Colorado gourmet chocolate shop has gone belly up, leaving her floundering for purpose and meaning. Tied to a house in disrepair that she can’t sell, and mired in unrelenting grief for her dead son, this patriotic former Texas pageant queen comes to the shocking and debilitating conclusion that her entire life has been wasted. As that realization hits her hard between her well-manicured brow, the rebellious spirit that Betty has silently kept under lock and key, explodes to the surface.
When that happens, her staunch conservative world changes drastically, causing Betty to question every belief and opinion she’s ever had. The path she chooses is paved with secrecy, eccentric characters, toe-curling love, life-changing events, and a connection to her unconventional garden that she never could have imagined. No matter how hard she tries, Betty Craven will never be the same again.
"I really enjoyed Betty's (Little Basement) Garden and found it hard to put down...This is a change of the usual Dewey story but she does not disappoint. Her characters maintain their charisma and charm and draw you in. Take a chance and delve into this work, it is interesting and unique, full of a new and yet old fashioned type of charm." Blogcritics
"One of the major themes in this book is about following your own path, breaking away from expectations, and finding your bliss...This is a book everyone should read and think about, an issue I truly believe in, and something I believe more people should learn about. Read this book!" Now is Gone Blogpost
"Compelling, emotional...humorous, controversial, heart wrenching, inspirational and definitely leaves the reader confronting one's own personal viewpoint after the last word is read. Highly recommended!!" CMash Loves To Read Blogspot
"The end result is not only a successful and compelling novel, but also a springboard for important conversations all across America...Reading, and talking about Betty’s (Little Basement) Garden will let you join (medical marijuana patients) in their struggle to free this plant from the stigma and propaganda that has stifled scientific knowledge for 75 years." David Fiedler
"Get to know Betty; you'll love her." Lis Carey
"Laurel Dewey has created a captivating activist for not only medical marijuana, but also for women's liberation, especially in midlife and after crises. Betty's (Little Basement) Garden is partly drama, partly romance, and thoroughly entertaining -- and it has that all-important "ring of truth" to it, which makes for an effortless suspension of disbelief." Toke of the Town