Charlotte Withersby loves her work. She doesn’t want to be pushed on society to find a husband. Nor does she want some arrogant sheep farmer, whose knowledge of botany is far from being the equivalent of her own, taking her place as her father’s assistant. But it seems everyone is against her. And so she and a new-found friend hatch a madcap scheme to set things right. Little do they know what absurd outcomes their shenanigans will have.
I have had mixed feelings about Siri Mitchell’s works. The first book I ever read by her I bored myself to the point that I eventually gave it up. The second time I read a book by her I was thoroughly absorbed and sad when it came to an end. Like a Flower in Bloom was a lot like the latter; I’m happy to have had the opportunity to read this charming story. If you’re looking for a sappy romance you may want to keep going. Mitchell has written a very unique tale that kept me turning the pages long after I should have turned in for the night. The story is told from the first-person point of view of Charlotte Withersby. Her wit, wisdom and naivete make for very interesting storytelling. And no those characteristics are not an oxymoron. Charlotte Withersy is at the same time very wise and very naive. Her complexity makes her a very believable charterer and keeps the wheels of the mind turning as readers follow her on her road to maturity. Many times authors fail to capture the many edges that make up a person’s personality. Where they have failed Mitchell has succeeded. This is certainly a tale for reflective readers and one I recommend.
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