Siri Mitchell pens historicals rich in detail. I've read nearly all of her novels, and although Like A Flower In Bloom wasn't my favorite, I did enjoy meeting such an intriguing heroine. Charlotte Withersby has a scientific brain, one that isn't versed in social niceties. She's grown up helping her father in his work as a botanist. Her uncle, however, believes she needs to dedicate herself to finding a husband.
The characters were well-drawn, my favorite being Miss Templeton. I liked Mr. Trimble, but his relationship with Charlotte seemed lacking in connection. I knew they should be together, but I didn't feel as if they should be together.
This novel is different from most I read in the sense that only the heroine's perspective is shown. Also, romance is more a thread than the entire fabric of the story. Many readers will find this a plus, I'm sure. Since Charlotte isn't a woman given to emotion, I suppose it fits that her story is not overly emotional.
While I enjoyed the story, some parts lagged. Because of that, many days passed before I was able to finish. Still, I look forward to the next book.
Fans of pure historical fiction will surely find this novel enticing. I, on the other hand, enjoyed Mitchell's Love Comes Calling much more.
BACK COVER BLURB:
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 Ttimble 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?
*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*