Monday, January 5, 2015

"Like a Flower in Bloom" by Siri Mitchell

About this book:

  “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 minds…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 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: 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?”

Series: As of now, no. 

Spiritual Content- Bible reading; A new rector & sermons he preaches (he’s also constantly writing down things for future sermons); Church going; Lots of great talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when talking about God; Talks about different books of the Bible; A Scripture is quoted in the Note from the Author.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘hush’, a ‘wretched’ and two forms of ‘stupid’.

Sexual Content- a semi-detailed kiss; Miss Templeton believes she’ll die in childbirth because of her small hips (she has a plan for a scandal, but when her maid tells her what that entails, she quickly dismisses that plan. She’s pretty ditzy. ;) ); *Spoiler* a Mention or two that fatherhood will never be a part of Mr. Stansbury’s life (he can’t have children because of an illness, he said he went to many doctors. That’s all.) *End of Spoiler*; The Love, falling in love, and the emotions are so light! More about that in the final thoughts.
*Note: Scandal is caused in a garden club when Charlotte draws the pistils and stamens of a flower (ladies even faint) the teacher tells her that they don’t draw those and if they ever refer to them, the call them “the man and his wives” (to which Charlotte adds “They are running a veritable harem in that flower.”)  

-Charlotte Withersby
                                        1st person P.O.V. of Charlotte
                                              Set in 1852
                                                        356 pages {Read the Acknowledgments! ;D }

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My personal Rating-

*happy sigh* *happy dance* Oh. Oh. Oh! Miss Siri Mitchell’s style of writing is so different than most authors I review. No guy’s P.O.V! Ha! You know what that means? A whole lot less Sexual content! That’s what! You don’t even miss it! In “Like a Flower in Bloom”, it doesn’t get any hint of romantic till 50 pages near the end (She’s looking for a husband, but there’s no kisses or touches between her and the suitors). Charlotte was too busy being upset at Mr. Trimble to notice he’s cute! And oh my goodness! I laughed so hard at the two of them! Charlotte is just so witty, sassy (but not like sassy-sassy) and innocent! I found myself feeling all the same emotions she felt!
Now, I find flowers interesting but some might not…let me quote you from the Note from the Author:
““I have this great idea for a book about painting, and women, and botany!” I told my agent and my editor. It wasn’t until I planned my research that I started having second thoughts. Because to understand science, you actually have to read about science. And I did. I read about botany, about the history of botany, and about the histories of the botanists who comprise the history of botany. I started my research back in the 1700s and read about what happened well into the 1900s. What a challenge I set for myself with this book: to have a main character who lived and breathed science, yet make the botany interesting to people like me who have no particular interest in it.”

And I think Miss Siri succeeded in that challenge. Very well.

This book is released tomorrow!(1/6/14) Think you’d like it? Go buy it!
See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for an honest review, which I did.

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