"I've never understood a year. A year was always a measurement of something bad for me. A year in my father's prison sentence, a year since my mom's death, a year left of school before I could get far, far away from here. Now, as I look down the end of my college career, with only a little more than a semester to go, a year seems like something magical. It has been a year since Lily chose me, since she sat with me on the old swing set and made a decision that I was worthy of her. And every minute of the entire year has been better than the last."
You already know their stories: Lily, the perfect princess, always living someone else's life. And Jack, the broken boy, who had stopped believing in hope. Somehow, though, they found each other and what was one night blossomed into a love story.
Now, a year later, Jack and Lily are dreaming of the future. Despite all of his promises to himself that he would never be indebted to anyone, Jack makes a new promise - this time to Lily - that he will be there for her forever. But when life unravels for them, he starts to pull away, and Lily worries he's out of reach for good.
When Jack does the unthinkable, Lily is left destroyed. Is it possible to have a happily ever after? Does love ever really save anyone?
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.
When Sarah isn't writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.
In addition to the Flowering series, Sarah has also written Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy romance, and Backward Compatible, a gamer geek romantic comedy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reading Orange Blossom is my first time reading any books in the Flowering series, but I can already predict it won’t be the last time. The tale of Lily and Jack is raw, emotional, heart-wrenching. Jack was easily my favorite of both characters. He has a sense of realism about him, a dark past, and so many layers behind which he hides. This makes him interesting, mysterious. I wanted to find out what was haunting him, but never expected it to be so heartbreaking. Lily is exactly the opposite, and I hard a hard time connecting to her because of that. So far, her life has been perfect, but it feels fake. She was always the perfect girl, the one with the perfect life, and now she longs for something real. I understand that, but I just had a harder time connecting to her. Their story is great, and it shows how opposites can feel attracted to each other. They both long for something different, and only the other can give that to them. An interesting, well-written novel with a solid plot and interesting characters. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Orange Blossom, A Flowering Novel, Sarah Daltry. Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews. I loved Jack and Lily in the first two Flowering novels, they'd been through so much drama and despair, and finally found happiness together, so its was great to catch up and see how they were getting on in their lives. As always there are problems, that's real life isn't it – it's not some sweet world full of rainbows and gold coins...but one where even with the best of intentions life gets in the way. Jack's on the home stretch of studying while Lily still has a couple of years to go, and they're wondering where they go from here. Whatever happens they want a future together but then Life throws that spanner in. Poor Jack – something happens that's a nightmare for him and spirals him into despair again, and Lily and Alana need to help him get back out of his depression. Its something they've all feared with Jack's history and it has a huge impact on all of them. This is really sensitively done and handled. Having been in a similar depression in the past I can relate to the musings on suicide. Falling from a height – con= may not die but just end up worse off. Drowning = tough to do, takes time. Drugs = which ones, how many, and would it again leave worse off from other damage if failed. Bleeding = needs clear action and takes time. All these thoughts are familiar to anyone depressed, and when they crop up in the book they make it feel so so real. Lily, she's so in love but struggles to help Jack, but is determined she won't let him down. She loves him and just wants to help him work through this and be with her. He's convinced he's not good enough, and she needs to make him understand he's all she wants. I felt for her, so upset in this book over things she couldn't control. Its not all doom and gloom though, but shows how to shine a light through that darkness and follow it. Its a perfect ending and I look forward to the next book with them in, Ambrosia. Stars: Four and a half. Tough, gritty read at times, real life, real drama but thankfully real love too and that wins through. ARC supplied by author