Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Like a Flower in Bloom.

Going into Siri Mitchell's latest book, Like a Flower in Bloom, I thought that I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I've read quite a bit of Christian historical fiction, including five of this author's previous books, and it usually follows a pattern: an interesting historical setting, a sweet romance, and a bit of drama. I honestly don't mind a bit of predictability.

But I was so pleasantly surprised with this book. It wasn't until I read it that I realized what so much historical fiction is lacking: humor! I think one of the biggest reasons why people read Jane Austen or Elizabeth Gaskell or Georgette Heyer is because their words make us laugh...so I'm not sure why historical fiction tends to be so serious!

When Like a Flower in Bloom began, I wasn't quite sure in which direction the author was going to take it. Could Charlotte really be so socially inept? Was Miss Templeton going to turn out to be someone cruelly pretending friendship just so she could ridicule Charlotte? It wasn't until after I had read about a few of Charlotte's social blunders and watched her and Miss Templeton plot their marriage scheme (while thinking: this is obviously not going to turn out well) that I realized this book was going to be amusing. I didn't have to fret about something tragic or dramatic happening...I could just relax and enjoy the story. So I did. :)

Charlotte was a likable, though naïve, character, and I liked Mr. Trimble well enough, though I feel like I didn't really get to know him. Miss Templeton was amusing, and so were Charlotte's two endearingly awkward suitors. I liked the setting and the botany aspect, though sometimes I didn't know exactly what they were talking about. :)

I really enjoyed this book. It was light-hearted and fun, and it made me smile. It definitely has a different feel than Siri Mitchell's previous novels (and most Christian historical fiction in general), but for me it was a refreshing change.

*Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*


  1. This looks like such a lovely read. There is a stunning lack of Christian Historical Fiction in my library, I should go check this book out! Great review :)

    1. It was fun! :) I love Christian historical fiction. Some of my favorite authors in the genre are Julie Klassen (wonderful Austen-ish novels, usually with some sort of mystery), Deeanne Gist, Jody Hedlund, Sarah Sundin (amazing WWII fiction), and this author, Siri Mitchell. I really recommend any of those. :)

  2. I didn't love Siri's Unrivaled, however this, her most recent does sound cute! I'll have to look into it. Thanks a bunch for sharing, Kristin. :)

    1. I didn't love Unrivaled, either. That one and A Constant Heart are the only two of her novels that I didn't actually enjoy (ACH was just too depressing!). I've at least enjoyed the other four of hers that I've read, and I really loved a couple of them. :) I haven't read Love Comes Calling yet, though I own it and I'm hoping to get to it soon.


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