Sunday, January 18, 2015
Like a Flower in Bloom
Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell
One of my goals in this new year was to dig out the gold in the books I read for reviewing purposes and then to blog about the things that stuck out to me and that I can learn from. If I can't learn anything from the book, is it really worth reading? Well, this was one book, I'm not sure I would recommend on that basis. This is the second Siri Mitchell book I have read and I'm not sure it won't be my last.
The basic story plot is about a 21-year-old girl who was all into botany and helping her father publish books. She had no concern for social parties, etc. until her uncle declared she needed to be married. His words: "You're a handsome girl, Charlotte. Sturdy, Sound. Snugly put together. It shouldn't be too difficult to put you to the launch." This is what I pulled out of the book: I thought those few lines were rather funny. Charlotte had little etiquette though I give her credit for trying to learn.
I just thought the book was rather frivolous. Not many girls in that age bracket are so completely backwards and don't know or care that they are. I know girls who beat to their own drummer, but often, at least, they are aware that they do and are okay with it. Charlotte was completely unaware of the social norms of the day.
If you're looking for a very light read that talks a lot about plants and very little of anything inspirational, than try this book. If you want a fiction book with a little depth and at least a few lines or phrases that could encourage and inspire you, I'd recommend trying a different book and a different author.
This book was given to me by Bethany House for the purpose of reading and writing a review about it. All opinions expressed are my own.
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