First love versus family obligations amid the Green Mountains of Vermont
There isn't a heck of a lot that doesn't scream target about Mina Mason: her weight, her homemade dresses, even the hoarder's paradise loosely disguised as the Masons' home. Samuel Two Bears Miller reshapes Mina's understated existence with his arrival, his dark skin and long braid exotic next to the Puritan pallor of the local boys. All through high school, Mina conceals her odd home life behind the doors of her dilapidated house, even after discovering love with the outspoken boy. Mina must choose between the person who makes her feel alive and the family who relies on her.
My Mother Grows Wallflowers reveals the unwitting legacy parents pass onto their children…as precious as any heirloom and twice as fragile—self-esteem or lack of it.
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About the Author
Over the years, C. L. found herself drawn to stories of ordinary people in sometimes extraordinary situations. When her favorite author retired, C. L. wondered if she could fill the gap by writing the kind of story she liked to read. Once that thought was in her mind it was like fly paper. The more she tried to shake it off the more it stuck--until C. L. had do something about it.
C. L. Howland loves breathing life into the characters she creates, as demonstrated in My Mother Grows Wallflowers, her debut coming-of-age novel with High Tide Publications. The town of Northam, Vermont holds many stories-the elementary school teacher who yearns for a child of her own, the overweight girl in homemade dresses, the veteran battling PTSD, the mother whose hoarding isn't her only secret. They all have a story. And one by one, doors in this speck of a town are thrown open in C.L. Howland's books.
When not writing, C. L. Howland enjoys life in the Green Mountains of Vermont with her family, her husband, Dale, and their black Lab, Sadie. C. L. and her husband strive to keep Vermont traditions alive. They are beekeepers and harvest honey, as well as make candles, lip balms and skin creams from the bountiful hives. C. L.'s husband gathers bucket after bucket of sap to produce delicious world-renowned Vermont maple syrup. The Howlands spend the last warm days of summer gathering wild blackberries to delight neighbors with blackberry brandy nestled amongst homemade candy and cheesecake during the holidays. C.L. volunteers her time to teach quilting, in addition to designing quilted bags and accessories.