When her husband leaves to fight in the war, Adele feels even more lost and confused. In a new, less-than-ideal place in a frightening, less-than-ideal time, she flees to the garden with her daughters, determined to make their new house a home, even if it is from the outside in.
Battered by her own inner turmoil and scoffed at by those close to her, Adele seeks to make something beautiful amidst chaos. But can even the most beautiful flowers cover the years of scars?
The short story sequel to Kellyn Roth's novella, The Lady of the Vineyard.
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite A garden can be a beautiful thing – full of life and color. It can also be a chore, a dirty one at that. For Adele, left along with her children and two other women, while her husband, Troy, goes to war, the garden in her yard becomes a release of her fears and pent-up frustrations and loneliness. When Troy first leaves, she surveys the tangled mess of weeds and decides to bring some control to the yard with the help of her daughter, Judy, hoping that by controlling the weeds in the garden, she can control her life. In the past, Adele might have relished the wildness of the overgrown weeds. “Once, she might have stubbornly insisted that she loved the choking foliage – to be different, to be special, to have an idea no one else had had before.” She has never felt faith, always depending on herself to get through difficult times. Through working in the garden, for better or worse, she started seeing new hope and a true beauty behind the noxious weeds. But the beauty didn’t last. At least, not in her garden. But her faith blossomed, as beauty blossoms in God’s garden. Kellyn Roth’s short story, Flowers (The Lady of the Vineyard Book 2), is a gentle, soothing story about one woman’s journey towards faith, a journey through her garden into God’s. The story studies a woman’s conflicting emotions at a time when all around her is unstable. The compelling emotion of loneliness seeps through this story as the main character, Adele, struggles to find answers. Although a little slow at the beginning, the story is, overall, beautifully told.
After reading an early version of this story on the author's blog last spring, I jumped at the chance to review the published version. And I was not disappointed. :) Flowers is a very sweet story, and I dearly enjoyed it. I read The Lady of the Vineyard back around the time of its release and, while I liked it, Adele was not a favorite of mine. I liked Judy. I loved Troy. But I just couldn't really relate to Adele. This short-story did a great job of making Adele more easy to connect to for me. I still love Troy (#always), Judy is adorable, Adele is learning and growing, and the jokes are the best.