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Posted November 19, 2013
Melissa Foster has written an emotional and intricate story of a family in crisis as the past clashes with the present and rips a family off its foundation. This story is packed full of plot twists and character interactions that will draw you into their world.
Sarah Olson is a four year old girl who has suddenly gone from a lively and talkative child to a child who is now totally withdrawn and has regressed to the point that she is uncommunicative. Her parents Junie and Brian have no clue what the problem is and disagree on her treatment. To add to all the stress Junie’s father suddenly dies and she is forced to deal with his passing her daughter’s behavior and a dark secret from the past.
The characters in this book are written with great attention to detail and bring the emotions of the story to the forefront. The interactions between them are realistic and dramatic which lends to the suspense and poignant feel of the story.
The writing style of Melissa Foster always captures my emotions and succeeds in getting me invested in her stories. She has a smooth and clear writing style and combined with her distinct character development and realistic situations I am always a satisfied reader.
I enjoyed reading and was totally involved in Where Petals Fall and would highly recommend it!
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Posted April 8, 2014
A riveting story involving a thirty year old mother who's life and marriage is in crisis. Her small daughter has withdrawn and all is not well with her formally loving and handsome husband. Who can she trust? As she starts to doubt her husband, mother, father, & father in law, and most all herself. Full of suspense and emotion. I could not put it down and read it from start to finish until the wee hours of the morning.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2014
Posted January 9, 2014
Junie Olson has a great life. She has a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter along with her dream bakery. But there are a lot of secrets, secrets she doesn’t even remember, in her past. When her father dies suddenly Junie rushes back home with her daughter. Being back home brings the memories, slowly out of the past and into her present. The biggest being what happen to her childhood best friend and sister of her husband. The memories seem to be haunting her. In order to get to her future she will have to come to terms and remember what happen in her past.
I have read many of Melissa Foster’s books, this is a different type of story than what I have read in the past. This story had me so emotional, I was in tears, I was scared for what Junie couldn’t remember, I was worried about Sarah (Junie’s daughter), and I was anxious about what really happen to Ellen(Junie’s childhood friend). Not to mention the worries I had concerning Junie and Brian’s marriage, which was on the rocks. Where Petals Fall has be on the edge of my seat. Once I started reading I knew I would not be able to put it down until I found out who did it and if Junie and Sarah would be able to come out of this mess okay. The characters were so alive and real to me. I could not help but root for Junie and her family to come out happy.
Melissa Foster is an amazing author. This book is one of the best I have ever read. The twists and turns kept me guessing at what would happen next. As soon as I believed I knew the answers another turn would come and I would second guess myself. I highly recommend this book.
Posted December 12, 2013
I was provided with an ARC copy as a member of Beck Valley Book Tours. All opinions are strictly my own.
Possible spoilers but I don't think I gave too much away.
After reading Melissa Foster's "Love In Bloom" Series, I wasn't sure what to expect from Where Petals Fall. But I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. Melissa is a wonderful author and I was really excited to read a novel by her that wasn't romance. Although, the Love In Bloom series is fantastic, I really wanted to see what she could do with another genre.
Where Petals Fall is one of those stories that will take you, as a parent, on one heck of an emotional roller coaster. Junie's life is turned upside down. First, her normally spunky daughter stops speaking for no real apparent reason, withdrawing into herself, and the doctors can't seem to find any physical reason or anything to cause it. She and her husband aren't getting along and don't agree on what is happening to their daughter. Then Junie's father dies and she has to deal with that. Then she starts having these terrifying flashes, that she isn't sure are memories of her lost childhood friend or if she's simply losing her own mind.Junie has to figure out if her young daughter is facing an Autism diagnosis, trauma or something else. She has to try to keep her own mind intact as she has these flashbacks and fights for her marriage and sanity at the same time. As a mother, I know the strength a parent has inside them. It's tremendous, but I would never want to be in Junie's shoes and face a mysterious illness with one of my children. I also would never want to be in her shoes fighting for my marriage, especially when all the other things are taking place to drive an even bigger wedge between each other. She loves Brian, but there is a rather big age difference and he is the older brother of her missing friend, yet will NEVER let her talk about Ellen. So that adds fears in her marriage. I love that Junie is given a real friend, at her bakery, that she can go to with all her thoughts and feelings. And it's a man! So her husband has his own worries to deal with when Junie turns to him instead. The emotions she is given in this novel are very real and very raw. She has ups and downs that anyone would feel under the circumstances. Melissa Foster did such a wonderful job with these characters. She gave them emotions that anyone would feel in their place and she pulls us into the story with every thought, twist and turn. You are really given a story that will rock your emotions and keep you on the edge of your seat!The conclusion of both mysteries is really good. It wasn't entirely what I thought it would be which makes this story even better! If you're looking for a mystery with emotional twists, check out Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster.
Posted December 11, 2013
Melissa Foster has done it again!
Junie Olson will travel home with her troubled daughter, to help her mother after the sudden death of her father. Once she arrived in her hometown she's struck once again by the memories of the tragic disappearance of her childhood friend, Ellen.
I found myself turning page after page, seeking the answers to the mystery surrounding her friend Ellen and her daughters withdrawal. Will she ever be able to fully trust and believe those around her once again; after she discovers the secrets about her family and her husbands past.
A life changing tale of tragedy, love, friendship and forgiveness. Forgiving ones self is often times the most difficult task of all.
I received a copy to facilitate my review.*
Posted December 11, 2013
Well there was no question as to whether I would read this stunning novel. First, it is from Melissa Foster, and second, the storyline intrigued me. I mean, Junie seemingly has a life any woman would want. A home, child, husband and a long dreamt of business. As with any story, something always happen and takes a turn for the worst. Junie's daughter has developed a strange withdrawn behavior that will test Junie and her marriage. A trip back home to help Junie's mother after her father passes leads her down the path of memories that she must visit to overcome the troubles of the present. These memories of the dissapearance of a friend when Junie was just a young girl will bring out truths that have been kept from her. Truths even from those close to her.
Melissa Foster has once again enveloped me in a mysterious and exciting world she has created. I would have to compare her writing to an Angler Fisherman... She whips that bait out there, you bite, and she reels you in! You don't even know your hooked til you are completly in her hands!
Posted December 9, 2013
There are so many true to life plots in Where Petals Fall- families argue over children, fathers passing away, daughters caring for widowed mothers, memories triggered by events of today... This mystery was at times very emotional. Twists and turns throughout the book. When I first read the description, I thought that Sarah was an autistic child and that her father assumed she regressed because of a move for his job. Is that really what happened? You will have to read it to find out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2013
Quite Engaging Mystery/Suspense delivered by Melissa Foster.
Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster is no ordinary “mystery” read. Many times suspense was keeping from putting the book down. Time went by and family incidents started to go against Junie. Until the day of a funeral where secrets of the past were going to be uncovered.
Junie had it all – husband and daughter. Her daughter’s disorder is causing other complications in her marriage and then there was her own mother who had just lost her husband.
Answers to lies and mystery at time poignant can make you stir in your seat with wonder until there are flashbacks that help at times when the story gets into an imbroglio clearing every scene making it impossible to just stop reading.
Melissa Foster has a style that will engage any reader. I truly recommend this book. Full of mystery and suspense – if not more.
Author of Jessica, The Untold Story
Posted December 8, 2013
Another beautifully written story by Melissa Foster with characters that were believable and easy to relate to. I could feel the heart-wrenching anxiety that Junie was going through in trying to find out what was wrong with her daughter and what happened to her childhood friend. This was a great mystery that held my attention with just the right amount of suspense and an ending I didn’t see coming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2013
This mystery kept me turning pages until the end!
There are times when things happen in life – not so good things – and we just do not have the answers. We don’t always like to admit that or face it, but such is life. Melissa Foster catches the essence of those emotions in Where Petals Fall. Once again, creating characters that stick with you and you can relate to. The readers are introduced to family dynamics that many can relate to: looking in from the outside the main character, Junie’s life looks picture perfect. A gorgeous husband, beautiful daughter, successful entrepreneur – what more could one ask for, right? Once you scratch the surface you see that life is not always what it seems. Sarah, Junie’s daughter, is becoming emotionally withdrawn and her marriage is suffering from it. Sadly, a situation that many that have dealt with different spectrums of childhood emotional and physical limitations have experienced.
I love how Ms. Foster ties in current events of her characters’ lives with unresolved events in their past. As Junie returns home to help her mother after father dies, repressed memories from a childhood friend’s disappearance return and are inexplicably connected to her child.
Posted December 7, 2013
Melissa Foster ha done it again. Her talent astounds me. She is not only a superb romance writer but she is also a wonderful mystery/drama writer. She has a knack for breathing life into her characters that readers come to care for and cheer for. She not only understands the human spirit but she can put it into words.
Where Petals Fall will have you guessing until the end. What happened to Junie's childhood friend and to her daughter Sarah? How does one remember memories long buried? How do you deal with trauma? Was there any sexual abuse? There are so many emotional twists and turns in this book.
This book like her others grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets go. It is different from the others I've read. This one has intrigue and mystery, repressed memories and dynamic relationships. You will feel like a voyeur; it is so realistic.
As with most of her books, there seems to always be something that reminds me of my own life and things I've struggled (or struggle) with. This time one of the lines that really struck me was, "Why did she feel her father's betrayal of her mother as if it were her he'd betrayed?" I felt this same type of betrayal. I think I felt this betrayal more than my mother at times. Daddy's little girl (me) disappeared after my father had an affair and left my mom. It's something I've struggled with for years and something I don't think I've ever completely forgiven. As I've said before of some of her other books, this book is almost a form of therapy. It may just be me but I'm sure there is something that everyone can identify with.
I give this book 5 stars. Melissa Foster is an extraordinary writer that is sure to win literary awards and to be at the top of several Best Seller Lists. This book does deal with some sensitive situations but nothing graphic or explicit. Parents may want to read this one first before allowing their older children to read this. I would allow my teen to read this but I know I'm much more lenient on what I've allowed my children to read over the years. I've never really believed in censoring my children's reading much, especially, when they reached high school. If you have a chance to read this one, DO IT!!!
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Posted December 7, 2013
This is the second book of Melissa Foster’s that I have read & I will say that I have not been disappointed by either! (On that note, I am half way through a 3rd book by her!) Where Petals Fall is a very suspenseful book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat trying to figure everything out & put everything together! As a mom, I was instantly interested in this book, from page 1! Very very good read & highly recommended! Also check out some of her other books – They’re fantastic!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2013
I already love Melissa Foster and everything about her writing and stories. When I was given the opportunity to read yet another novel by her, I jumped at the chance. The main character, Junie, seems like she has it all: the perfect husband daughter, and of course, her bakery. All of a sudden everything that seemed amazing starts to crack and crumble. Junie then has to face an even bigger reality that her father is now gone. With all of this going on, I would not know how to handle myself but Junie turns to her mother. There are some things that she will need to face when she gets there that could be even more of a downfall. I loved this book because it was a journey for Junie that a lot of women have to go through to learn more about themselves and to grow from both passed and current experiences. Sometimes bringing closure to other things in your life makes it easier to deal with the demons that are haunting you now.
This author has a great way of making you understand what the character is feeling and going through without making everything overbearing for the reader. Junie and her husband made me upset for most of the book because as a reader I was thinking about what should have happened with them instead of what actually did. Even though the characters were quite frustrating at times, they were real and true, and that is something that I have come to expect with Melissa Foster and her writing. She makes everything believable even if you don’t want it to be the reality in the book. She did a great job with how the book ended. Some problems were not completely wrapped up, but such as life. Maybe we will get a glimpse into their lives once again in the near future.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Melissa Foster or to anyone who has never experienced her writing. She is a talented author and I am grateful to have had a chance to read her works. Here is to more FIVE star writing from this author to come! I just can’t get enough.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Posted December 6, 2013
I've read a couple of Melissa Foster's books and let me tell you, I've not once been disappointed. I'm going to jump right in here and lay it on down.
Junie, has opened her own bakery - one she has always dreamed of owning. She is married to Brian and has a four year old daughter Sarah, everything seems to be alright until her daughter begins to withdrawal from life itself. Junie as any mother would be is worried and stressed about how to help her daughter. Feeling helpless and caught on what to do she tries to help Sarah in any way she can . Things start to slip though, her marriage suffers and she's trying to hold it all together. No matter what she tries though things just seem to start falling apart and to makes matter's worse- Her husband suddenly passes.
Dealing with the passing of her husband Junie moves back to her hometown with daughter in tow. Going back home stirs up memories for Junie, about a little girl who had up and vanished. Could it mean something? Why is it all starting to stir back up, and why is her daughter slipping away from her? Little by little she tries to piece things back together again. Along the way people she had trusted haven't been as she thought they would creating a wonderful dynamic story.
As you are uncovering new lies and mystery throughout the book you are caught in an emotional grip of a story you won't be able to set down easily . There is so much more I can say about this book but I'm afraid I'll end up letting some spoilers slip. You won't be disappointed if you pick this book up, Foster did an amazing job once again and delivered a captivating story for her readers. Suspense , mystery and an ending that leaves you hopeful you won't go wrong with Where Petals Fall.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters which were very well written and realistic. This is a book that has caught me by page one and with every turn of the page had me wondering, guessing and stunned to find out the truth as it went on. I loved the mystery but most of all I loved how the story just flowed. This book had some flashbacks and moments where it brought you somewhere else . Foster managed to bring you where you needed to go right along with the characters and the plot without missing a beat.
Posted December 5, 2013
Junie Olson’s life had seemed carefree with her loving lawyer husband, a precious four-year-old daughter, Sarah, and her
bakery, Bliss, until her world began to slowly unravel. Her daughter began experiencing emotional regression and its consequences,
her husband began pulling away from her and their daughter, putting in longer hours at the office and her father dies unexpectedly.
Going home for the funeral means that Junie will soon face some long-buried secrets and demons of her own as she confronts
her past in order to save her future. Masterfully developed, this story reveals the truth about a years’ old mystery of her best friend’s
disappearance that has haunted her life as well as her family’s in more ways than one. Excellent psychological and emotional
Posted December 4, 2013
From the beginning to end you will be in for one heck of a roller coaster ride, especially if you are as emotional as I am. This book will keep almost anyone entertained, as it crosses over so many different area's. If you love mysteries and puzzles, you won't be able to help yourself in trying to pull together the true story before it is finally revealed. That is what I found myself doing, as I continued each chapter.
You do not have to be a mother to understand the feeling of fear, helplessness, anxiety that Junie experiences with her daughter. You don't need to be married to understand the tension that this can bring to a couple. I think this is what I loved most about the book, the true "reality" of the characters. The realizing that what people show on the outside can be so very different than what is really going on.
This is a book that I will treasure, and surely be reading over and over again. Since in essence this book became personal to me, it will be hard to top this book in my favorites of all time. I promise that this is a book that you will enjoy even if it is something you typically don't read. It will leave an effect on you, it will cause you to think.
Posted December 3, 2013
I received an ARC as an ebook, in exchange for an honest review.
I have been following what reviewers are saying about Melissa Foster's books for a while, so I was intrigued when this opportunity came up. I'm so glad that I decided to give her book a go, as I had been quite busy and worried whether I could fit it in.
Where Petals Fall is a beautifully written mystery that took my emotions for a whirlwind ride. It drew me in, right from the beginning and kept me eager to continue the journey.
In the space of a few days my emotions ran the whole gamut from intrigue, excitement, anxiety and fear, to love, joy and sadness.
I fell in love with Junie and her little family and I wanted everything to work out for them. Especially her dear little girl, Sarah.
Foster captures the essence of the human condition: That life is messy and complicated and we don't have all the answers. Her portrayal of a parent's varying emotions when your child has any setbacks or delay, was honest and felt real and true to my own experiences when my children were small.
I particularly enjoyed the moral dilemmas which situated the novel clearly in the reader's lap, so they could respond to the story. We don't really get told what to think or feel, we have to figure it out for ourselves. Foster doesn't lecture us about life, she asks us to think about it and this appealed to me very much.
I recommend this book as an easy to read story that will feel at once familiar and foreign as you try to imagine what you would do if you were Junie. Would you take the same steps she took? Would you question your own sanity? How would you prioritize all that was happening around you?
You may question how much you really know about those around you.
Posted December 2, 2013
When Junie was seven years old, her best friend Ellen went missing. Years later, Junie is happily married to Ellen’s older Brother, Brian and they have a young daughter, Sarah. Junie has opened the bakery she always dreamt of and her life has been going swimmingly. Suddenly, four year old Sarah begins to regress and withdraw leaving Junie feeling helpless, spending less time at work and watching on as the cracks appear in the foundations of her relationship with Brian.
When Junie’s Father suddenly passes away, she packs up and heads to her childhood home. Brian and Ellen’s Father still lives next door and being in such close proximity to where she lived by her best friend all those years ago brings a rush of strange, incoherent memories to Junie. With the help of her daughter’s therapist, Junie struggles to piece together the pieces of her past. Does somebody know what happened to Ellen on that fateful day? Will Junie find out what became of her best friend? and exactly why is Sarah regressing?
Where Petal’s Fall is a truly gripping novel that had me hooked from the start. Every page contains new twists and turns within the story, as lies are uncovered and secrets are revealed. I honestly did not know where this story was going. Along with Junie, I jumped to conclusions and was shocked when discovering what really happened.
The characters are extremely well crafted, from Brian and Junie struggling to hold their family together, to the silent regression of their daughter, and the strength and courage of Junie’s Mother following the death of her Husband. There are just enough flashbacks to see how these characters have ended up where they are. These flashbacks are also imperative to discovering the truth about what happened to Ellen and are cleverly scattered throughout the novel so as the reader, we are finding out what happened at the same time as the characters.
As the story unfolds, we find that the people Junie holds closest haven’t been completely honest with her. There is an air of mystery throughout and as the reader, you in turn will struggle to decide which characters can and cannot be trusted. Have the lies been told to protect Junie or to protect those telling them?
My Rating 5/5 – A fantastic novel that is both gripping and emotional. Comparisons to Jodi Picoult are well founded, as this touches on several controversial subjects. I have struggled a little to write this review without spoilers, as so much happens in the book. What I can tell you is that you should definitely read this!
Posted December 1, 2013
I found this novel to be a gripping suspense. I was drawn into the mystery surrounding the main character and her daughter right away and didn't want to put it down. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good suspense with complex and realistic characters.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.