Title: Like a Flower in Bloom
Author: Siri Mitchell
Siri Mitchell shares with us a very unique tale about botanists, expectations of women during the Victorian era and finding one’s purpose. Those few topics alone create a story which at times was really fun to read and other times caused me to imagine myself living during that era in England. Today women enjoy the freedom to choose from many options and open doors where they blossom. In the novel, Charlotte descends from a long line of male botanists whose published works were highly valued. However, she soon learns that if she submits any writing in her own name it is declined. She decides to resubmit her work using her father’s name.
When her uncle decides it is time for her to enter society, Charlotte is beside herself as she has no knowledge of expectations or the way one handles conversation in polite society. Charlotte depends upon another young female neighbor to help her learn about society when she would just as soon remain alone, illustrating her father’s botany works. The men Charlotte meets are at times very comical and in trying to figure out her mistakes or what her uncle is trying to tell about gowns, her father’s new assistant attempts to help bridge the gap in Charlotte’s understanding. Mr. Trimble, the assistant, is viewed negatively by the young lady because he has usurped her place with her father and now the feeling of loss is new to Charlotte.
There is so much more to the delightful tale in Like a Flower in Bloom, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to read it. These novels that go back into a different period of history are very enlightening, especially when the author shares her thoughts outside the purview of the book. The neighbor lady who assists Charlotte is a comical character at times in the tale and other times quite clueless to the man she thinks so adores her. The rector was depicted as a man who loved the Lord and took time to write and deliver a sermon which hit many hearts; he drew his illustrations from what others were saying. I think that this revealed how we need the strength of others to complete the tasks the Lord gives us. Just in case you think you might not want to read it because science isn’t one of your favorite topics or strengths, be assured you will enjoy the novel as the author herself was being stretched to read science material.
Siri Mitchell writes with a heart to share the love of God and the understanding that He made us and knows exactly where we fit best in His plan.
My rating is 4 stars.
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