When Jasmine Blooms, a review by Shelley

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WHEN JASMINE BLOOMS
Tif Marcelo

Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: April 11th, 2023
334 Pages
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Why did humans do this to one another? Why was it our nature to push away rather than pull people close in times of struggle?

This book broke my heart into a million pieces and then put it back together again. I liked the premise of what if and the road not taken. Once I was in Celie’s parallel universe I felt the pain of the characters. The book was inspired by Little Women the only two connections I noticed were a mother who loses a daughter who is also a military wife. Tif Marcelo made sure that Celine was a character in her right and not a copy of Marmee.

I loved how Celine grew as a person and a character. She learned from her situation and her mistakes. She really tries to change by healing herself and her family. Even though the book deals with grief and other mental health issues it was a joy to read and be on Celiens’s journey. Even though I would have loved to see more about the happenings of Celine and her family when she returns to her true world (or even more of the past before the loss of her daughter) I enjoyed this book a lot.

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

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