Where Wildflowers Bloom

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Title: Where Wildflowers Bloom
Author: Ann Shorey
Publisher: Revell
Series: Sisters at Heart
Pages: 336
Released: January 1, 2012

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Faith Lindberg dreams of the day when she can convince her grandfather to travel west to Oregon to forget the reminders of war that took her father and brother from her- well as the Royal Baxter. She needs to convince her grandfather to sell the family mercantile and leave a town her family has called home for generations. Naturally, her grandfather refuses and she will do just about anything to get him to leave.

When Royal finally returns Faith begins to hope that she and Royal would wed. But does Royal really love her or is he after something else? Will another man capture her heart or will Royal be the one she chooses?
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I don’t really know what I expected from this book. I have an unread Ann Shorey book on my Kindle, so I had no idea what to expect from this author. What this author gave me was a book with exquisite detail and characters with a mediocre storyline.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, I just don’t feel like this book will stick out from the crowd of books I’ve read almost just like it. Though the characters are great, the storyline just isn’t something that you remember for a long time after.

The romance is practically nonexistent. Faith spends most of the book being courted by Royal, whom nobody likes. All when Curt wants to court her, if only he could get up the nerve to ask. Royal charms her and there are a few kisses shared but other than that and sudden realizations by Faith about each man, the romance is sorely lacking for a book of the genre.

I think I figured out what I don’t like about this book the most. Both Curt and Faith are complacent for most of the book. Curt would rather roll over and let Faith marry Royal instead of fight for her and Faith would rather cow away from conflict instead of stand up for herself. That’s not my idea of a good book. The worst part is that there was no explanation as to why they decided to take a stand. It was just an all of a sudden change that left you feeling as though the carpet got ripped out from under you.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, the characters are great. Faith’s grandfather is opinionated and adds some conflict for the novel, while Rosemary is a character that is shunned because she was a nurse in the war. She provides value friendship and insight throughout the book for her brother and Faith. Every character is unique. However it seems almost like the author out more thought into the co-characters instead of the main characters.

Overall, this book just falls short of the standards that I hold books to. I think the book is perfect for younger readers and readers who prefer their romances subtle. I give it three out of five.

I received this complementary copy from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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