The Funeral Flower

The Funeral Flower

by Michelle Jester

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The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester

Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.
Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James... and he won’t let her.
Even though tragedy always follows love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154365267
Publisher: RopeSwing Press
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 352 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Army Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember. One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!

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The Funeral Flower 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
"The Funeral Flower" tells Kelly's story from the age of six to twenty. It’s a life of loss and abandonment, starting with the death of her grandfather when she is six years old. After losing touch with her childhood crush, Kelly vows to never fall in love: "I decided, right before my fourteenth birthday, that I would never, ever, ever, fall in love. If you love a boy, you lose them." But then she meets James, and everything changes. Will Kelly finally get her happily-ever-after? The narrative is interspersed with poems, many of which were written by the author a child, teenager, and young adult. Much of the story is also based on events in the author’s life. She has included some of her good memories, from the smell of the flowers at her grandfather's funeral, the smell of the Sassafras tree in her backyard, the boy who befriended her through her back fence, and his grandmother who served hot chocolate and cookies on Halloween. As she states in her blog: "For me, Carnations are the good that you find in all the bad. They are fluffy and fragrant. They are frilly and lacey. They are colorful and dynamic. Still ... they are the funeral flower; to some people, they always will be. However, for me, just like root beer, innocent friendships, hot chocolate, and cookies they will always represent the good." The author also includes some of her bad memories: the death of her grandfather, suicidal thoughts at a very young age, bullying and beatings at school, and the lack of consequences for the perpetrators. Unfortunately, it is these tragic aspects of the book which make the story unbelievable, as they are too numerous, and the author doesn't go into enough detail to make them seem real. Other problems include the stilted conversation and the mixture of past and present tenses, often in the same sentence. This book addresses a number of serious topics and concludes with resources on several of these, namely suicide, sexual abuse, and bullying. Warnings: suicide, bullying, sexual assault. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-funeral-flower-by-michelle-jester.html
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
"The Funeral Flower" tells Kelly's story from the age of six to twenty. It’s a life of loss and abandonment, starting with the death of her grandfather when she is six years old. After losing touch with her childhood crush, Kelly vows to never fall in love: "I decided, right before my fourteenth birthday, that I would never, ever, ever, fall in love. If you love a boy, you lose them." But then she meets James, and everything changes. Will Kelly finally get her happily-ever-after? The narrative is interspersed with poems, many of which were written by the author a child, teenager, and young adult. Much of the story is also based on events in the author’s life. She has included some of her good memories, from the smell of the flowers at her grandfather's funeral, the smell of the Sassafras tree in her backyard, the boy who befriended her through her back fence, and his grandmother who served hot chocolate and cookies on Halloween. As she states in her blog: "For me, Carnations are the good that you find in all the bad. They are fluffy and fragrant. They are frilly and lacey. They are colorful and dynamic. Still ... they are the funeral flower; to some people, they always will be. However, for me, just like root beer, innocent friendships, hot chocolate, and cookies they will always represent the good." The author also includes some of her bad memories: the death of her grandfather, suicidal thoughts at a very young age, bullying and beatings at school, and the lack of consequences for the perpetrators. Unfortunately, it is these tragic aspects of the book which make the story unbelievable, as they are too numerous, and the author doesn't go into enough detail to make them seem real. Other problems include the stilted conversation and the mixture of past and present tenses, often in the same sentence. This book addresses a number of serious topics and concludes with resources on several of these, namely suicide, sexual abuse, and bullying. Warnings: suicide, bullying, sexual assault. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-funeral-flower-by-michelle-jester.html
Theresa_P More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed this debut from Michelle Jester. Story follows a your Kelly through her life dealing with lose, bullying, and the ups and downs of love. Very touching way to address depression, bullying, and trauma. Well done, love the inclusion of poems written by age and not perfected to adult standards. Makes you think, makes you feel, and makes you hope. Congratulations Michelle, I look forward to reading more of your work.