Her Little Flowers, a review by Shelley

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Shannon Morgan

Kensington Books
Publication Date: July 25th, 2023
368 Pages
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“What a charming conceit it is to communicate through flowers instead of words.” – Jean Marsh (The Illuminated Language of Flowers)

This book was unique, a woman who has ghosts in her home and uses plants and flowers to ward off bad juju. What made this story so different is the fact that the heroine is middle-aged and has a love interest then when her sister comes to visit her quaint life comes crashing down around her. The house she lives in is five-hundred years old so the book had definite gothic vibes I loved that the ghosts, the house and the plants were all characters as well. But, this is not just a story about ghosts, it is a story about a family tragedy and when the past and present collide hearts are shattered and the big secrets that are eventually revealed are genuinely surprising.

The story is told in past and present chapters and explores how the sisters are dealing with their newfound knowledge of the past. Every day they learn something new as they do the investigation themselves…And what they reveal broke my heart. This was such an intricately woven storyline and a very sad read that eventually left me feeling hopeful for the two main characters in the end. There is a lot going on in the story, sibling conflict, buried memories, a house with secrets not to mention an old asylum on the premises, but the author manages to keep the reader captivated and wanting to find out more.

I felt emotionally invested in the characters, I cared what happened to them and was hoping they’d find the answers they were looking for. I was also hoping the sisters would learn to trust each other again and become closer. The book is ultimately about family bonds, loss, and forgiveness and we are given an inside look at what abuse can do to an entire family. The research about the plants was impeccable, I was really impressed with that. What an exceptional debut.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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