Saturday, January 16, 2016

Review: The Light of Hidden Flowers by Jennifer Handford

Book Blurb:

Book-smart Melissa Fletcher lives a predictable life in her hometown, working behind the scenes for her charismatic father in a financial career that makes perfect sense. But when her dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Missy is forced to step up and take over as his primary caregiver and the principal of the firm.

After her father’s death, Missy finds a letter from him in which he praises her for being a dutiful daughter but admonishes her for not taking any risks in life.

Devastated, Missy packs her suitcase and heads for Italy. There she meets a new friend who proposes a radical idea. Soon, Missy finds herself in impoverished India, signing away her inheritance and betting on a risky plan while rekindling a lost love.

The Light of Hidden Flowers is a deeply felt story of accepting who we are while pushing our boundaries to see how much more we can become. It’s a reminder that it’s never too late to pursue our dreams.

My Review:

I was easily able to sink into the pages of The Light of Hidden Flowers.

I liked the differing POV's that The Light of Hidden Flowers was written from.  I liked feeling like I got to know the main characters below the surface...and these characters are deeper than they first appear.  I struggled between being frustrated with Missy at times, and at other times my heart ached for her.  She is an interesting character and her journey through The Light of Hidden Flowers was one I am glad I took with her!

Where we end up with Missy was unexpected, but it felt good.  There is romance in The Light of Hidden Flowers, but this is mainly Missy's journey about moving on, and finally moving out of her safe zone.

Jennifer writes with wonderful descriptives, especially when Missy ends up in India.  This felt realistic, was educational, and a real eye opener.   

The Light of Hidden Flowers flows smoothly, is emotional and inspiring.  I'd recommend it to any women's fiction reader!

4/5 stars

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