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?
A Simply charming and entertaining book! I absolutely LOVE this book and the inspiration it gave me! It has immediately jumped to my Favorites Books List! This is the first of Siri Mitchell's books that I had the pleasure to read! I found her style and humor to be wonderful from the very first! The pace is speedy with no lulls and the characters are fantastic! I LOVE Charlotte, she is a highly entertaining character that made me smile nearly all the way through! I also felt a connection to her and what she goes through! The conversations between characters and the surprises that take place are fabulous! I didn't want to put this book down! Filled with a witty humor at every turn this is a Must read that I couldn't help but share! I enjoyed learning more about botany as well as what was considered polite society and "good manners" at this time in history (sometimes I laughed so hard during "scandalous" scenes I almost cried)! I really enjoyed the point Siri brings out, that if people, at this time, were allowed to express their thoughts and feelings things wouldn't get so confusing sometimes! (but it was highly entertaining when things did get confusing for these characters! LOL!) I love how it starts, I love how it progresses, and I love how it ends!!!! I would love to read it again and I can't wait to read more from Siri!
Songs that go with the book: "The Nutcracker - Waltz Of The Flowers" performed by Berlin Symphonic Orchestra and
"Just As I Am" performed by Alan Jackson
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about like a Flower in Bloom. ~ASC