Where Petals Fall

Where Petals Fall

by Melissa Foster

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BN ID: 2940148944102
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 11/16/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 375,061
File size: 893 KB

About the Author

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Where Petals Fall 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Liked the sharp turns and plot twists but wanted to slap Junie most of the time...really  enjoyed the ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A riveting story involving a thirty year old mother who's life and marriage is in crisis. Her small daughter has withdrawn and all is not well with her formally loving and handsome husband. Who can she trust? As she starts to doubt her husband, mother, father, & father in law, and most all herself. Full of suspense and emotion. I could not put it down and read it from start to finish until the wee hours of the morning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you in suspence, every page, When you think you have it fiqured out it puts you in another direction**** great!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Junie Olson has a great life.   She has  a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter along with her dream bakery.  But there are a lot of secrets, secrets she doesn’t even remember, in her past.   When her father dies suddenly Junie rushes back home with her daughter.  Being back home brings the memories, slowly out of the past and into her present.  The biggest being what happen to her childhood best friend and sister of her husband.   The memories seem to be haunting her.  In order to get to her future she will have to come to terms and remember what happen in her past.   I have read many of Melissa Foster’s books, this is a different type of story than what I have read in the past.   This story had me so emotional, I was in tears, I was scared for what Junie couldn’t remember, I was worried about Sarah (Junie’s daughter), and I was anxious about what really happen to Ellen(Junie’s childhood friend).   Not to mention the worries I had concerning Junie and Brian’s marriage, which was on the rocks.   Where Petals Fall has be on the edge of my seat.   Once I started reading I knew I would not be able to put it down until I found out who did it and if Junie and Sarah would be able to come out of this mess okay.  The characters were so alive and real to me.  I could not help but root for Junie and her family to come out happy. Melissa Foster is an amazing author.   This book is one of the best I have ever read.  The twists and turns kept me guessing at what would happen next.  As soon as I believed I knew the answers another turn would come and I would second guess myself.    I highly recommend this book.
ptfrugal66 More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster has done it again! Junie Olson will travel home with her troubled daughter, to help her mother after the sudden death of her father. Once she arrived in her hometown she's struck once again by the memories of the tragic disappearance of her childhood friend, Ellen. I found myself turning page after page, seeking the answers to the mystery surrounding her friend Ellen and her daughters withdrawal. Will she ever be able to fully trust and believe those around her once again; after she discovers the secrets about her family and her husbands past. A life changing tale of tragedy, love, friendship and forgiveness. Forgiving ones self is often times the most difficult task of all. I received a copy to facilitate my review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster has written an emotional and intricate story of a family in crisis as the past clashes with the present and rips a family off its foundation. This story is packed full of plot twists and character interactions that will draw you into their world. Sarah Olson is a four year old girl who has suddenly gone from a lively and talkative child to a child who is now totally withdrawn and has regressed to the point that she is uncommunicative. Her parents Junie and Brian have no clue what the problem is and disagree on her treatment. To add to all the stress Junie’s father suddenly dies and she is forced to deal with his passing her daughter’s behavior and a dark secret from the past. The characters in this book are written with great attention to detail and bring the emotions of the story to the forefront. The interactions between them are realistic and dramatic which lends to the suspense and poignant feel of the story. The writing style of Melissa Foster always captures my emotions and succeeds in getting me invested in her stories. She has a smooth and clear writing style and combined with her distinct character development and realistic situations I am always a satisfied reader. I enjoyed reading and was totally involved in Where Petals Fall and would highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
The characters in this emotional story captured my attention from page one and held onto it right until the very end. I became totally engrossed, turning every page waiting to see what was going to be discovered, I ended up reading this in only three days, which for me is quite a feat! The story follows Junie, a mother to Sarah and wife to Brian. Junie's childhood best friend, neighbour and also Brian's younger sister, Ellen, disappeared without a trace when they were very young, now 24 years ago, and still have no trace to where she is or what happened to her. Such a trauma has weighed heavily on Junie and she has buried so much of it within herself to stop herself feeling the pain. Junie and Brian became man and wife and had their daughter Sarah. Suddenly, completely out the blue, Sarah withdraws from everyone, she stops talking, starts wetting the bed during the night and her character changes without reason. A wedge between Junie and Brian starts to build with so many unanswered questions and worry for their daughter. Not only that but Junie's dad dies suddenly and they have to return where they both dread to go, back home where Ellen disappeared. Now back home Ellen becomes the forefront in Junie's mind, thoughts and images come back to her shocking her very being. She is left with more questions than answers. Her marriage to Brian worsens and Sarah's withdrawal intensifies. You share her fears, confusion, emptiness, her want for answers. What did really happen to Ellen? What has happened to Sarah to make her so unresponsive? What is it that Junie fears, that she is keeping buried deep inside? My heart was pounding at times as there were different avenues of truth the story could take, it could have gone any way and I felt like I was holding my breath to find out what was going to be discovered. An emotive and enthralling read that will have you turning pages as you cannot help become connected to the characters. In fact as I am writing this it is making me want to read it all over again!
xtymom More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put this book down. Melissa Foster has an amazing ability with her writing to make you feel like you are right in the story. I felt as if I was Junie while reading this. I experienced her desire/fears to want to find answers to what happened to her childhood friend Ellen. Her panic over what was going on in her life and her relationship with Brian. Her almost helpless feelings when it came to her daughter Sarah. This is truly an amazing book that needs to be read by everyone. I’m so glad that I have taken the time to venture further than just her LIB series of books and give Melissa’s stand alones a chance. I have yet to be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book. Plenty of suspense & a touch of romance with out the graphic sex scenes. Had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Where Petals Fall is a beautifully written mystery that follows Junie Olson on an emotional journey back to her home town of Gettysburg. When we first meet Junie, it seems as though her life is quintessentially perfect. She has a great husband, an adorable daughter and the achievement of a lifelong career goal, her beloved bakery. But when her little girl, Sarah, stops talking and seems to regress, it starts to affect her seemingly perfect marriage. To make matters worse, Junie goes home after the death of her father, which brings forth memories of the disappearance of her friend Ellen, which she has never gotten over. Melissa Foster has expertly penned this emotional story of the layers that make up human relationships. Rarely are relationships or people what they seem and this intricately woven tale highlights that truth. It takes a moment to really begin to understand Junie&rsquo;s motivations because her life unravels so spectacularly all at once. By the time she&rsquo;d found her bearings, I was totally hooked on the story. In Where Petals Fall, the death of Junie&rsquo;s father forces her to acknowledge that maybe he wasn&rsquo;t the man she assumed he was, and that perhaps there are other reasons for her husband&rsquo;s emotional distance. The way in which Melissa Foster weaves in the story of Ellen&rsquo;s disappearance is done perfectly, particularly in showing just how much one little girl&rsquo;s absence impacts so many people&rsquo;s lives today. Between the secrets, hidden emotions, lies and the mystery, Foster doesn&rsquo;t judge or preach but rather presents problems and forces us all to reach our own answers to these moral dilemmas.
CinnamonHollowReviews More than 1 year ago
I was provided with an ARC copy as a member of Beck Valley Book Tours. All opinions are strictly my own. Possible spoilers but I don't think I gave too much away. After reading Melissa Foster's &quot;Love In Bloom&quot; Series, I wasn't sure what to expect from Where Petals Fall. But I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. Melissa is a wonderful author and I was really excited to read a novel by her that wasn't romance. Although, the Love In Bloom series is fantastic, I really wanted to see what she could do with another genre. Where Petals Fall is one of those stories that will take you, as a parent, on one heck of an emotional roller coaster. Junie's life is turned upside down. First, her normally spunky daughter stops speaking for no real apparent reason, withdrawing into herself, and the doctors can't seem to find any physical reason or anything to cause it. She and her husband aren't getting along and don't agree on what is happening to their daughter. Then Junie's father dies and she has to deal with that. Then she starts having these terrifying flashes, that she isn't sure are memories of her lost childhood friend or if she's simply losing her own mind.Junie has to figure out if her young daughter is facing an Autism diagnosis, trauma or something else. She has to try to keep her own mind intact as she has these flashbacks and fights for her marriage and sanity at the same time. As a mother, I know the strength a parent has inside them. It's tremendous, but I would never want to be in Junie's shoes and face a mysterious illness with one of my children. I also would never want to be in her shoes fighting for my marriage, especially when all the other things are taking place to drive an even bigger wedge between each other. She loves Brian, but there is a rather big age difference and he is the older brother of her missing friend, yet will NEVER let her talk about Ellen. So that adds fears in her marriage. I love that Junie is given a real friend, at her bakery, that she can go to with all her thoughts and feelings. And it's a man! So her husband has his own worries to deal with when Junie turns to him instead. The emotions she is given in this novel are very real and very raw. She has ups and downs that anyone would feel under the circumstances. Melissa Foster did such a wonderful job with these characters. She gave them emotions that anyone would feel in their place and she pulls us into the story with every thought, twist and turn. You are really given a story that will rock your emotions and keep you on the edge of your seat!The conclusion of both mysteries is really good. It wasn't entirely what I thought it would be which makes this story even better! If you're looking for a mystery with emotional twists, check out Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster.
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
Well there was no question as to whether I would read this stunning novel. First, it is from Melissa Foster, and second, the storyline intrigued me. I mean, Junie seemingly has a life any woman would want. A home, child, husband and a long dreamt of business. As with any story, something always happen and takes a turn for the worst. Junie's daughter has developed a strange withdrawn behavior that will test Junie and her marriage. A trip back home to help Junie's mother after her father passes leads her down the path of memories that she must visit to overcome the troubles of the present. These memories of the dissapearance of a friend when Junie was just a young girl will bring out truths that have been kept from her. Truths even from those close to her. Melissa Foster has once again enveloped me in a mysterious and exciting world she has created. I would have to compare her writing to an Angler Fisherman... She whips that bait out there, you bite, and she reels you in! You don't even know your hooked til you are completly in her hands! 
Kymmeeee More than 1 year ago
There are so many true to life plots in Where Petals Fall- families argue over children, fathers passing away, daughters caring for widowed mothers, memories triggered by events of today... This mystery was at times very emotional.  Twists and turns throughout the book. When I first read the description, I thought that Sarah was an autistic child and that her father assumed she regressed because of a move for his job.  Is that really what happened?  You will have to read it to find out.
AdriLisa More than 1 year ago
Quite Engaging Mystery/Suspense delivered by Melissa Foster. Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster is no ordinary &ldquo;mystery&rdquo; read. Many times suspense was keeping from putting the book down. Time went by and family incidents started to go against Junie. Until the day of a funeral where secrets of the past were going to be uncovered. Junie had it all &ndash; husband and daughter. Her daughter&rsquo;s disorder is causing other complications in her marriage and then there was her own mother who had just lost her husband. Answers to lies and mystery at time poignant can make you stir in your seat with wonder until there are flashbacks that help at times when the story gets into an imbroglio clearing every scene making it impossible to just stop reading. Melissa Foster has a style that will engage any reader. I truly recommend this book. Full of mystery and suspense &ndash; if not more. Adriana LG Author of Jessica, The Untold Story
smazzei More than 1 year ago
Another beautifully written story by Melissa Foster with characters that were believable and easy to relate to.  I could feel the heart-wrenching anxiety that Junie was going through in trying to find out what was wrong with her daughter and what happened to her childhood friend. This was a great mystery that held my attention with just the right amount of suspense and an ending I didn&rsquo;t see coming. 
MsDivatude More than 1 year ago
This mystery kept me turning pages until the end! There are times when things happen in life &ndash; not so good things &ndash; and we just do not have the answers. We don&rsquo;t always like to admit that or face it, but such is life.  Melissa Foster catches the essence of those emotions in Where Petals Fall.  Once again, creating characters that stick with you and you can relate to.   The readers are introduced to family dynamics that many can relate to: looking in from the outside the main character, Junie&rsquo;s life looks picture perfect. A gorgeous husband, beautiful daughter, successful entrepreneur &ndash; what more could one ask for, right?  Once you scratch the surface you see that life is not always what it seems.  Sarah, Junie&rsquo;s daughter, is becoming emotionally withdrawn and her marriage is suffering from it.  Sadly, a situation that many that have dealt with different spectrums of childhood emotional and physical limitations have experienced. I love how Ms. Foster ties in current events of her characters&rsquo; lives with unresolved events in their past.  As Junie returns home to help her mother after father dies, repressed memories from a childhood friend&rsquo;s disappearance return and are inexplicably connected to her child.
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster ha done it again. Her talent astounds me. She is not only a superb romance writer but she is also a wonderful mystery/drama writer. She has a knack for breathing life into her characters that readers come to care for and cheer for. She not only understands the human spirit but she can put it into words. Where Petals Fall will have you guessing until the end. What happened to Junie's childhood friend and to her daughter Sarah? How does one remember memories long buried? How do you deal with trauma? Was there any sexual abuse? There are so many emotional twists and turns in this book. This book like her others grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets go. It is different from the others I've read. This one has intrigue and mystery, repressed memories and dynamic relationships. You will feel like a voyeur; it is so realistic. As with most of her books, there seems to always be something that reminds me of my own life and things I've struggled (or struggle) with. This time one of the lines that really struck me was, &quot;Why did she feel her father's betrayal of her mother as if it were her he'd betrayed?&quot; I felt this same type of betrayal. I think I felt this betrayal more than my mother at times. Daddy's little girl (me) disappeared after my father had an affair and left my mom. It's something I've struggled with for years and something I don't think I've ever completely forgiven. As I've said before of some of her other books, this book is almost a form of therapy. It may just be me but I'm sure there is something that everyone can identify with. I give this book 5 stars. Melissa Foster is an extraordinary writer that is sure to win literary awards and to be at the top of several Best Seller Lists. This book does deal with some sensitive situations but nothing graphic or explicit. Parents may want to read this one first before allowing their older children to read this. I would allow my teen to read this but I know I'm much more lenient on what I've allowed my children to read over the years. I've never really believed in censoring my children's reading much, especially, when they reached high school. If you have a chance to read this one, DO IT!!! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of Melissa Foster&rsquo;s that I have read &amp; I will say that I have not been disappointed by either! (On that note, I am half way through a 3rd book by her!) Where Petals Fall is a very suspenseful book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat trying to figure everything out &amp; put everything together! As a mom, I was instantly interested in this book, from page 1! Very very good read &amp; highly recommended! Also check out some of her other books &ndash; They&rsquo;re fantastic!
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
I already love Melissa Foster and everything about her writing and stories. When I was given the opportunity to read yet another novel by her, I jumped at the chance. The main character, Junie, seems like she has it all: the perfect husband daughter, and of course, her bakery. All of a sudden everything that seemed amazing starts to crack and crumble. Junie then has to face an even bigger reality that her father is now gone. With all of this going on, I would not know how to handle myself but Junie turns to her mother. There are some things that she will need to face when she gets there that could be even more of a downfall. I loved this book because it was a journey for Junie that a lot of women have to go through to learn more about themselves and to grow from both passed and current experiences. Sometimes bringing closure to other things in your life makes it easier to deal with the demons that are haunting you now. This author has a great way of making you understand what the character is feeling and going through without making everything overbearing for the reader. Junie and her husband made me upset for most of the book because as a reader I was thinking about what should have happened with them instead of what actually did. Even though the characters were quite frustrating at times, they were real and true, and that is something that I have come to expect with Melissa Foster and her writing. She makes everything believable even if you don&rsquo;t want it to be the reality in the book. She did a great job with how the book ended. Some problems were not completely wrapped up, but such as life. Maybe we will get a glimpse into their lives once again in the near future. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Melissa Foster or to anyone who has never experienced her writing. She is a talented author and I am grateful to have had a chance to read her works. Here is to more FIVE star writing from this author to come! I just can&rsquo;t get enough. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
ItsMySideOfLIife More than 1 year ago
I've read a couple of Melissa Foster's books and let me tell you, I've not once been disappointed. I'm going to jump right in here and lay it on down. Junie, has opened her own bakery - one she has always dreamed of owning. She is married to Brian and has a four year old daughter Sarah, everything seems to be alright until her daughter begins to withdrawal from life itself. Junie as any mother would be is worried and stressed about how to help her daughter. Feeling helpless and caught on what to do she tries to help Sarah in any way she can . Things start to slip though, her marriage suffers and she's trying to hold it all together. No matter what she tries though things just seem to start falling apart and to makes matter's worse- Her husband suddenly passes. Dealing with the passing of her husband Junie moves back to her hometown with daughter in tow. Going back home stirs up memories for Junie, about a little girl who had up and vanished. Could it mean something? Why is it all starting to stir back up, and why is her daughter slipping away from her? Little by little she tries to piece things back together again. Along the way people she had trusted haven't been as she thought they would creating a wonderful dynamic story. As you are uncovering new lies and mystery throughout the book you are caught in an emotional grip of a story you won't be able to set down easily . There is so much more I can say about this book but I'm afraid I'll end up letting some spoilers slip. You won't be disappointed if you pick this book up, Foster did an amazing job once again and delivered a captivating story for her readers. Suspense , mystery and an ending that leaves you hopeful you won't go wrong with Where Petals Fall.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters which were very well written and realistic. This is a book that has caught me by page one and with every turn of the page had me wondering, guessing and stunned to find out the truth as it went on. I loved the mystery but most of all I loved how the story just flowed. This book had some flashbacks and moments where it brought you somewhere else . Foster managed to bring you where you needed to go right along with the characters and the plot without missing a beat.