Rose's Garden by Carrie Brown
Conrad is a 75 year old man who has recently lost his wife of 50 years. Four months after her death, he is still struggling with depression. She had been the focus of his life. He hasn't been eating, except when a stranger leaves food on his porch. He has neglected Rose's garden, which has become overgrown since her death.
On one stormy night, Conrad is visited by an angel in the garden. The angel tells him to "go home." Conrad shares the story with anyone who will listen and is amazed to learn other people have similar stories-either themselves or someone they know. Conrad slowly learns what "home" is. A home without Rose, but with pieces of her left in the people she influenced. The people who are there for him now.
"Rose's Garden" is a sweet book. It moves back and forth through time telling the story of Conrad and Rose. It's the story of a romance that doesn't end with death.