The Forgetting Flower

The Forgetting Flower

by Karen Hugg


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Secrets and half-truths. These litter Renia Baranczka’s past, but the city of Paris had offered an escape and the refuge of her dream job. The specialty plant shop kept her busy, but also had brought her to a new friend, Alain. His presence buffered the guilt that kept her up at night, dwelling on the endless replays of what happened to her sister.

All too suddenly, the City of Light seems more sinister when Alain turns up dead. His demise threatens every secret Renia holds dear, including the rare plant hidden in the shop’s tiny nook. It emits a special fragrance that can erase a person’s memory—and perhaps much more than that.

As Renia races to figure out the extent of the plant’s powers, she’s confronted by figures from her past who offer a proposal she can’t outright refuse. Bit by bit, she descends into a menacing underworld of black market mobsters, navigating threats and fending off abuse to protect the safe peaceful life she’s worked so hard for in Paris. Desperate to outwit her enemies, Renia maneuvers carefully, knows one wrong move will destroy not only the plant, but the lives of her and her sister.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578484075
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 587,299
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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The Forgetting Flower 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PattySmith87 6 months ago
Many thanks to NetGalley, Magnolia Press, and Karen Hugg for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Forgetting Flower. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. This had such a solid premise. I mean a plant whose flowers make you forget? Yes!!! Think of all the possibilities and where do I sign up. Renia has left Poland, moved away from her whole family including her estranged twin sister. Trying to make a go of it in Paris, she works at a flower shop where, in the back, she has a special plant hidden away. When one of the shop’s best customer dies of an apparent suicide, Renia becomes worried the plant may be responsible. Around the time Renia is trying to avoid the police, the shop’s owner gives her some bad news. Renia is now going to be able to make ends meet financially. Lo and behold, her sister’s ex-boyfriend shows up in Paris from Poland. He says he has customers who will pay dearly for the flowers of the plant and pay a lot of money. The boyfriend is bad news, treated her sister horribly, including beating her up. So, of course, Renia decides to do business with him. Now the Russians are involved and after a couple of deals, Renia can’t reconcile her conscience and wants to stop selling the flowers. She tries to work a couple of extra jobs to meet her financial commitments but is still having problems. But the really bad people want those flowers and are willing to do anything to get them. Including murder. This story just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t that interesting. The suspense never built up enough and I don’t think that I cared enough about the characters to be emotionally invested in their outcome. Renia tried to be a character with a moral compass. That never held true. She caved too easily when she was up against it. That’s when your moral compass has to kick in and stop you from doing things you know are bad. You’re supposed to hold onto what is right, even when it is the hard thing to do. She had a lot of options. She didn’t have to live in the expensive part of Paris. She could have found a different job. She could have left altogether. She knew the aftermath of using the flower. Her decisions weren’t very sound. Why get into business with the one person whom you supposedly can’t stand. The one who beat up your twin sister and caused such a rift that you don’t speak to her anymore. The other characters in the story didn’t seem to be nice enough to care about. I didn’t have strong feelings one way or the other. The plant was the most interesting part, but it never developed. We knew it did something, but we never got to see it up close and personal. It would have been better to have a character in the story use it and for the reader to see the effects happen. Renia should have used it, maybe on the shop owner? I can clearly see that I am in the minority but I didn’t really enjoy the story. I wasn’t caught up in it to care enough about the outcome. But I wasn’t railing against what was happening either. It just sort of plunked along. I was maybe a little bored? I was glad when it was over. I was hoping for much more.
JacquiH 4 months ago
Renia and twin sister Estera long to escape their Polish family and Renia, at least, ends in Paris running a flower and nick-nacks shop for a bizarre woman. She has a secret though - keeping a rare hybrid plant whose aroma will erase memories. This was taken from Estera (I think) who had been drawn into a world of drugs and despair along with a manipulative and abusing boyfriend. We have a dead body, some unlikely policemen, a hideous shop manager who's raking off takings in order to continue her life of leisure and we have Renia. She takes a hell of a lot of flack from the manager and then takes even more from sister's boyfriend and sister and herself is being dragged down. They mostly seem to want the plant to get our of their respective pickles. Whilst I love plants and felt that the Violet Smoke had interesting potential I didn't like or want to be involved with any of the characters. They were simply annoying. Sorry. Thanks to NetGalley and Magnolia Press for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
BigReader7860 6 months ago
I enjoyed the storyline but had a very hard time reading the book. There were a huge amount of characters, some Parisians, many Polish and any Russians. I occasionally forgot who was who and even what the flower did. A strange book but not unlikeable. Thank you to NetGalley and Magnolia Press for allowing me to read the arc!
April Moody 11 months ago
The Forgetting Flower by @karenhugg Rating: Dig into the past and present of a poor Polish girl Renia as she tries to make the life she dreams of in Paris. Renia works in Paris at a lovey flower shop called Le Sanctuaire but inside the shop she has a hidden treasure called the Violet Smoke. Not much is known about this plant except it has mysterious properties which can make you forget. Renia struggles to make her dream life in Paris come true until a man from her past emerges from the shadows and offers to help her sell the blossoms to some shady character to put money she desperately needs in her pocket. But with the man comes the horrible reason her and her twin sister are no longer talking. What would you do to accomplish your dream of living the perfect Parisian life and to get your beloved sister to speak to you again? I enjoyed the fast pace of this book and how the character development is set up. From present day to past where you learn valuable snippets of what happened to make ones own sister not speak to you at all. The way you connect to Renia as she struggles to do what is best for herself even when she is scared for her life. I highly recommend you pick up a copy and set sometime aside cause once you pick this book up even with it being fast paced you will not want to set it down!