Like a Flower in Bloom - eBook  -     By: Siri Mitchell
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Bethany House / 2014 / ePub

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For years Charlotte Withersby has worked as an assistant to her father, an eminent English botanist. As she approaches the old age of twenty-four, her father pushes her out into society, swayed by an uncle who believes God's only two roles for women are marriage and motherhood. When one of the Withersbys' colonial correspondents, Edward Trimble, returns to England, he's drafted as the new assistant so Charlotte is free to marry. This suits Edward's plans quite well, since the last thing he wants to do is reunite with the family he is ashamed to call his own.

Though Edward proves himself vexingly capable on the job, Charlotte won't surrender the job without a fight, and schemes with her best friend to regain her position. Perhaps if a proposal seems imminent, Charlotte's father will see his error and ask her to return. Charlotte tries to make headway in her town's social life, but reveals herself to be unaware of all the intricacies of polite society. Though Edward pitches in, tutoring her in society's expectations, she just seems to make things worse. And the more she comes to know of her father's assistant, the more trouble she has imagining life without him. Caught in a trap of her own making and seeing the hopelessness of her prospects, will Charlotte get to keep her work or will she have to cede her heart?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441265227
ISBN-13: 9781441265227

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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?

Author Bio

Siri Mitchell has written nearly a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the D.C. metro area. Learn more at www.sirimitchell.com.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Absolutely Delightful.
    December 10, 2015
    millscreek
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Like a Flower in Bloom.
    I have not had such a delightful reading experience in a very long time. In this book I saw a history of a specific branch of science (botany, women in botany) being displayed in a very talented way. The history was part of the story in a most informative, romantic, humorous way I have ever seen. I learned a lot about botany and social etiquette in the 19th century.

    History aside, I admired Charlotte a great deal. She is just so delightfully nerdy, very confident, utterly without pretence and so reliable to always call a spade a spade. Loved her.

    Another thing that appealed to me a great deal in this book were the similes, the examples, the comparisons of nature/flowers to human life and society, things that I have mused on some myself.

    I also appreciated the simple fact that references to God and the Bible were not absent. There were not a great deal of them, and I would have liked the characters to have prayed more or voiced their trust in God more.

    By and by, considering my own interest in wild and cultivated flowers, photography, and history, I must say the book was deffinitely my cup of tea.
  2. Hayden, Al
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Kept me turning pages
    November 8, 2015
    Liz R
    Hayden, Al
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Like a Flower in Bloom.
    For years Charlotte Withersby and her botanist father have lived a happily reclusive lifestyle immersed their research. All that changes, however, when Charlottes well-meaning uncle convinces her father that a woman Charlottes age should be running her own home and raising a family. Then the audacious Mr. Edward Tremble has the nerve to take up her job as assistant to her father and do a good job to boot!

    This was my first read by Siri Mitchell and while this was not my favorite book I enjoyed her writing style greatly and plan to read more of her books. This book had a large focus on botany and while science has always interested me it just felt like some of the terms and ideas were a little forced and out of place. Perhaps a small glossary would have help for a quick reference.

    I also had a hard time relating to Charlotte and Mr. Trimble. Charlotte seemed disinterested and Mr. Tremble was more like background noise. All that aside, I did enjoy most of the book and it kept me reading which is what I always ask of a story. I very much enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Miss Templeton. She always made me chuckle and was absolutely not what I had expected of the character.

    All in all, this was definitely worth the read and fans of the author and the historical romance genre should pick it up. As I said before, the authors writing was superb and Im looking forward to reading more of her books.

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  3. Northern Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a Christian novel
    September 29, 2015
    churchlibrarian
    Northern Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Like a Flower in Bloom.
    Ms Mitchell is a skilled writer, and this is an OK tale- however this is NOT a Christian novel. At the end of this book Ms Mitchell writes "In the writing of this book, I've come to believe that God is much bigger than we often give Him credit for." She is very correct, and in this book she barely gives God a fleeting glance ascribing to Him only that we have the "task" of marrying. God is not honored in this novel.

    God's uses men and women with all of their faults as His workers, but the workers should at least be portrayed as trying to live godly lives. The rector in the book is "a great speaker" but is otherwise portrayed as a bumbling man and widower- having eight out-of-control children. At only one point does the rector even mention that he "cares" about his children, giving the impression that they are as important as pieces of furniture.

    God through His love, mercy and grace inspires us to love one another and serve Him. This book challenges you to be whatever you feel like being, and certainly is not a Christian inspirational novel.
  4. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    witty
    June 10, 2015
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Like a Flower in Bloom.
    This book seemed to start a little slow for me but it is so worth finishing. Charlotte and Edward are so great together. Charlotte knows so much about flowers and nothing about men or how to act in society. Charlotte has helped her father write about and catalog all the flowers that they collect and study since she was 14 and her mother died. She does not think about marriage until her uncle insists it is time for her to find a husband. She does not want to go into society but then Edward shows up and he takes over all of her duties with her father. How will this end? You will need to read to find out. It is funny and romantic and a fun book. I received this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Quirky, Witty and Altogether Fun!
    April 10, 2015
    Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Like a Flower in Bloom.
    Charlotte Withersbys dearest wish is to study her beloved blooms as a botanist. She wants to be left alone by her uncle, society and most certainly by her fathers new assistant, an interloper named Mr. Trimble. In a time when womens views and expertise in botany are not given credence, Charlotte must rely upon the name of her father, a well-known botanist, to publish her own work. When her uncle and father insist that she take on society to snare a husband, Charlotte is sure Mr. Trimbles lackluster help will soon bring her back to her position as her fathers assistant and put all of the marriage nonsense to rest. What Charlotte doesnt account for is finding actual suitors, nor is she prepared for the questions that be thrust into society will bring is her merit in her work or does it lie within herself?

    Siri always chooses to write about historical elements that are usually not anything that Ive read about in another novel. She is a brave author in the sense that she chooses to tackle story elements and character traits that are not widely used. In this case, it was the science of botany. The botany details are fascinating and add a lot of depth to Charlottes character development and intellectual tendencies. Charlottes quirks are so unique to her character. Siris characters and settings are never the norm, which is why her books continue to be a delight to read.

    This novel is more on the humorous side, and nowhere is that more evident than in the main character, Charlotte. She is quirky, and if I may, sometimes a bit odd. At first, I wasnt sure how to take her, but as I read on, she grew on me. There is a possibility that she may not be for everyone; there were times that I was exasperated with her, but at the same time, she is extremely refreshing. She is everything that society is not she is blunt, unpretentious and lacks the knowledge of all of the social niceties that are expected of her. In her heart of hearts, she wants to take care of her father and wants to be valued for her intellectual abilities, and moreover, wants herself to be enough, no more, no less.

    There were also some compelling side characters present in this story. I loved her new-found companion, Miss Templeton - the scenes with her were full of humor, and I loved how she took Charlotte under her wing and had a feeling that she found Charlotte refreshing as well. Their friendship and back-and-forth banter was entertaining to read. Her uncle, her self-named chaperone during all of her social outings is rather enigmatic at first, but as the story progresses, his character and background are revealed, and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth in the interactions between him and Charlotte.

    Mr. Trimble may not be the conventional hero, but I felt that he fit well within the story, and his character is very endearing. Despite being declared the enemy by Miss Templeton, its soon very clear that he isnt the usurper that he appears to be and that he has his own reasons for becoming an assistant to a reclusive botanist. I wanted more interaction between him and Charlotte, and while the enemies turned lovers storyline sometimes wears on me, it works well in this story, and provides some humorous and also heartfelt exchanges between him and Charlotte.

    Whenever I pick a Siri Mitchell novel I know that I am in for something unique and fascinating. She always takes on topics that stand out, this story lives up to the standard Ive come to expect in Siris novels. Although Ive enjoyed all of her novels, this one definitely stands out as one Ive enjoyed most. With a quirky main character, a sweet romance and a fascinating look at the world of botany, Like a Flower in Bloom is a favorite read of the year so far.
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