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?
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Isn't it fun when you find a whole new aspect to a beloved writer's talent? I have long been a fan of Siri Mitchell's writing. If the book has her name on it, I want to read it! When I think of her stories I think of strong women being triumphant in tough situations. The tales are always moving and inspiring but I don't think I've ever thought of them as funny . . . until this one!
Like a Flower in Bloom has the comedic sophistication of Jane Austen's Emma mixed with the hilarious misunderstandings of Amelia Bedelia. Charlotte Withersby has jumped to the top of my list of favorite characters and her friend Miss Templeton isn't far behind. If I were to label this book I would lean more toward Historical Comedy than Historical Romance.
Don't get me wrong there is definitely romance involved but part of the charm is that for most of it Charlotte doesn't have a clue about what is going on. In the midst of her debut into polite society she finds herself engaged to two men at the same time and she doesn't even realize that she has said yes to either of them. She's not stupid, she just doesn't get all of the crazy unspoken rules of society. But never fear the aggravating Mr. Trimble is always there to set her straight.
If you are needing a few hours of delightful entertainment be sure to get a copy of this book. I can almost guarantee it will have you smiling if not laughing out loud within minutes. My hope is that Siri chooses to visit this wonderful side of her writing again and again.
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