Friday, February 20, 2015

Review: Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

Like a Flower in Bloom
by Siri Mitchell
Adult Inspirational 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.10
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: January 6, 2015
Pages: 363

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Victorian-Era England Comes Alive in This Witty Romance

For years Charlotte Withersby has worked as an assistant to her father, an eminent English botanist. As she approaches the old age of twenty-four, her father pushes her out into society, swayed by an uncle who believes God's only two roles for women are marriage and motherhood. When one of the Withersbys' colonial correspondents, Edward Trimble, returns to England, he's drafted as the new assistant so Charlotte is free to marry. This suits Edward's plans quite well, since the last thing he wants to do is reunite with the family he is ashamed to call his own.

Though Edward proves himself vexingly capable on the job, Charlotte won't surrender the job without a fight, and schemes with her best friend to regain her position. Perhaps if a proposal seems imminent, Charlotte's father will see his error and ask her to return. Charlotte tries to make headway in her town's social life, but reveals herself to be unaware of all the intricacies of polite society. Though Edward pitches in, tutoring her in society's expectations, she just seems to make things worse. And the more she comes to know of her father's assistant, the more trouble she has imagining life without him. Caught in a trap of her own making and seeing the hopelessness of her prospects, will Charlotte get to keep her work or will she have to cede her heart? 


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

The Characters: I loved the characters in this novel. Charlotte was a great character. She was quirky and I loved how honest she was. Charlotte has been cooped up helping her botanist father, and she hasn't really been out in society. That all changed when her uncle and father decided she needs to go off and get married.

Charlotte was less than overjoyed by that prospect. Watching her debut in society was hilarious.

I loved the secondary characters as well. The interactions between Edward Trimble (the man Charlotte hates for stealing her job) and her were very intriguing as well. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love when authors have quirky characters. That was one of my favorite parts of the story. I really enjoyed reading this novel. It made me laugh and smile. Any book that can do that is one that I really like. :) 

This novel is a historical fiction novel that delves into a quirky character. It's also a christian fiction novel. I liked how Mitchell didn't force the christian themes into the story. It seemed very natural and I actually liked how it was developed.
I really enjoyed it. However, I thought that the beginning was kind of slow. I also thought that Edward's character could have been better developed. For that, I gave it 3.5 stars. 

This story seems perfect for fans of historical fiction. I think fans of Deanne Gist will enjoy this one. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. 

The Wrap-up: A funny, cute, and enjoyable read. One that I definitely enjoyed. It's been awhile since I read a novel from this author, but I was once again reminded how much I enjoy her writing. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

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