Like a Flower in Bloom
by Siri Mitchell
I give this book: 4 out of 5 yellow buttercups
Back Cover Synopsis:
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?
What I Expected:
I had never read a Siri Mitchell novel before ‘Like a Flower in Bloom,’ but I have read several books published by Bethany House, and I highly trust their quality work.
Did I Get What I Expected?
I thought Mitchell’s novel was a pleasant read. Compared to other current historical romances in the CBA market, I feel this one’s strength lies in the cast of characters. They were comical, pre-occupied, and basically refreshing. Charlotte’s father–the epitome of an absent-minded professor–was my favorite. It was an interesting thing to observe her family’s dynamic, Charlotte being the glue that held the pieces together. It seemed like a loving home, and yet, their communication was quite dysfunctional–which mostly added to the story’s humor. The story’s weakness, I felt, was the extreme use of botany and ‘flowery’ language, if you pardon the pun. Don’t get me wrong–I enjoyed learning about plants, flowers, classification, etc. It really was very interesting. But the extent to which it was used right off the bat made the exposition slow moving for me. And it took me a while to grow accustomed to the flow of the language, being more verbose than what I usually tend to read. However, once I slipped into the groove of the story, I found it entertaining and the characters loveable.