Monday, February 02, 2015

Like a Flower in Bloom

Once again, Siri Mitchell has created a delightfully flawed heroine. She is clueless in the ways of society and the ways of love. I enjoyed her--flaws and all.

Charlotte is almost 22 years old. She's been helping her grieving botanist father for the past eight years, since her botanist mother passed away. She's been making do for so long, she's become indispensable to him--or so she thinks. Then her uncle, the esteemed and feared Admiral, suggests to her father that it's past time for Charlotte to be out in society to find a husband. Before she can realize what is happening, her father hires an assistant who is not all he seems on the surface. Just like that, Charlotte finds herself replaced, and she realizes she is not as indispensable as she thought. She begins a series of gaffes and missteps through which she makes some friends and learns about society and relationships outside her family.

I loved Charlotte and her awakening process throughout the course of the story. Siri Mitchell artfully weaves a huge bouquet of botany facts all through the novel, and it's really interesting and fun to learn about plants and specimen collection and the process of recording various plants and flowers.

I think this book will appeal to fans of historical fiction and of botany. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author as a part of the launch team. I am honored to have a part in telling all the good things about this book, and look forward to reading more from Siri Mitchell's pen.

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