Like a Flower in Bloom
Since Siri Mitchell has given us several highly enjoyable historical novels, I had high expectations for this book. Sadly, it might be one of my least favorites by her- I'm struggling with the rating here, actually.
While the writing was certainly more than fair, the heroine, Charlotte, drove me crazy. While I understand (sort of) what the author was doing in her ignorance of "Society," Charlotte's extreme ineptitude of any social skills at all made me annoyed with her for the same reasons I never could read the Amelia Bedelia books as a child- I just got frustrated.
That's not to say that there weren't things that I enjoyed about it; the ending, for instance, got significantly better. And I found Miss Templeton interesting, because at first I thought she was going to be a "false friend" and Charlotte was going to find out that she was making fun of her. However, I was pleased that that didn't happen, and in all honesty I found her to be one of the more interesting characters.
Anyway, this book was a miss for me- but I've noticed that my enjoyment of Siri Mitchell's releases tend to alternate (I loved her last book but didn't care for her novel before that; meanwhile her fourth novel past was one of my favorites). I hope her next one is much better, but I admit I didn't care for this one.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review,