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Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review - Like a Flower in Bloom

Please note that I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishing for an honest review.

He Stole the Work She Loved.
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?

It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.

Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind.

Excerpt from

First up I have to admit that I have not yet finished reading this book.  It's been a bit of a rough month here with family illnesses so I've not had much time for reading.

The book is set in 1852 in England.  -  I generally am not a fan of "period" novels as I tend to gravitate more towards modern stories.  However that does not mean this is not a good book.

I started the book and so far it appears to be interesting.  The main Character, Charlotte has been working with her father doing botanical research for a number of years.  Suddenly her Uncle proposes the idea that she is of marrying age and should find a husband and start a family as that is what is expected of a woman her age at this time.   This idea is something that Charlotte does not at all agree to.

A fellow researcher appears and it looks as if he is going to take over Charlotte's place working beside her father or will he.....

I think that as I go along in the story I will become more involved in it.

I plan to do a full review once I finish but so far I think the author has done a fine job with developing her story-line and characters.

To be continued.....


  1. I'm sorry you've had a rough month with family illness! I hope you are all on the mend. The book sounds interesting!

  2. Ida, it sounds like an interesting story.. Thanks for sharing the review.

  3. I am not a reader but this was a great review!! I hope you are feeling better!!

  4. Sounds like a good book. I know what it's like to not finish a book right away. Life can change what we like to do!


  5. Sometimes I enjoy period novels, but, of course, it has to be well written. Love to read, but haven't had much time for it lately, unfortunately. When I'm really burnt out after work I can't concentrate well enough to fully enjoy, and, boy, have I been burnt out lately! I'll look forward to your final review. Thanks, Ida!


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