Saturday, January 17, 2015

Like a Flower in Bloom, By Siri Michell-Book Review

Back Cover Reads;
"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?”"

Though a few of her books are marked to-read, I had yet to read any book written by Siri Michell.
She didn't disappoint. 
Set in England in 1852, Charlotte Withersby has devoted her life to helping her father. 
But when her uncle mentions it's time for her to join society; to find a husband, settle down, and give up her beloved study of botany. Her father agrees with him and even hires a young man to take her place.
Having lost her mother at an early age, and being sheltered from society for so many year, Charlotte lacks all social graces.
Charlotte's on'y motivations is choosing a man is by choosing one she hopes her father will hate and he will bring her back as his assistant and caretaker.Funny, charming and wonderfully written. This book was great. 
Written in first person (so, warning if you don't enjoy those types of books), though naive at times, it was still very easy to relate to Charlotte. 

Truly a wonderful read, I highly recommend it. 

I received this book through Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not required or guaranteed, all opinions express are my own.
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