When it comes to books by Siri Mitchell, I always know I’m in for an excellent treat. The diversity of topics, writing style, eras, and anything else she tackles is incredible and she is so talented! So I was not surprised when I read her latest release to find myself completely intrigued and entertained!
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?
One of the main reasons I loved this novel was Charlotte. A bit clueless about a thing or two of society “rules” (although not necessarily her fault), she could have easily become annoying, but instead, Mitchell was able to create a character you’re rooting for the whole time. She’s enduring, genuine, intelligent and made me laugh with her antics. She’s passionate about her work and loves her father. Many of the other characters in the book are just as wonderful, so you can’t help but love it (like the reasons why Edward falls for our leading lady).
I’m always drawn to stories about women who break the rules and when the story is well written and keeps me involved, it’s an all around win. Plus when it comes to romance, all I’m going to say is Siri created one of the best scenes I’ve read in this one 😉 I’ll leave it at that.
To celebrate the release, there’s an awesome contest going on and you can enter here! You gotta check out all the pretty flowers! They make me so happy, especially since it’s frigid right now. Be sure to enter below!
Oh and two more things – be on the look out, I have the opportunity to host Siri on the blog soon! Second, if you pick up the book and read through the acknowledgements, you’ll see a familiar name ; ) Yes, I TOTALLY geeked out!
This book also reminded me about the awesomeness of flowers – do you have a favorite? I’m all about a batch of wildflowers! How about some releases you’re looking forward to this Spring?
(With thanks to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion)