“I hardly know how anyone ever dares to speak at all if you cannot say what you think and are not allowed to mean what you say. Polite society is rather rude!”
To put it simply, Like a Flower in Bloom, by Siri Mitchell, is a delightfully funny, utterly satisfying, unquestionably unforgettable experience.
Charlotte Withersby is a unique character that does not fit the mold of a Victorian era woman, which is what makes her all the more interesting. Pushed into finding a husband, she reluctantly vacates her duties as her botanist father’s aide, in hopes he’ll soon realize her extraordinary worth and beg to have her back. When her father’s new assistant, the most insufferable Mr. Trimble takes over her numerous duties, she’s certain he wont last long.
Of course nothing ever goes as planned, so Charlotte’s strategy, co-organized by the lovely Miss Templeton, her fashionable, revered, and societal etiquette-conscious friend, must constantly be tweaked.
I can’t say much more without revealing too much, so I’ll close this review by saying this is an incredible read. Not only did this book provide hours of enjoyment, but also expanded my limited knowledge of flora and led me on an incredible journey through a new (for me) genre.
Like a Flower in Bloom is witty, clever, and sure to produce oodles of lasting smiles.
Siri Mitchell is a smart storyteller, and has secured a new fan.
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
First Line: I shifted, glancing up from the illustration I was coloring to look out the many-mullioned window beside me.
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