Book Review: Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

Siri Mitchell’s books were difficult for me to like at first.

She deals with gritty, unpleasant subjects at times, and her characters don’t always have happy endings.

As much as I may like edgy or “out there” books, I still love and cling to my happy endings.

For the longest time, every book of hers I anxiously read, sobbing at the bittersweet end, swearing it was my last Siri Mitchell book.

Then the next one would come out. And I would read it.

I have a list of roughly ten authors who I will read anything they write. I have introduced you to most of them.

Siri Mitchell is on that list.

And I could not put Like a Flower in Bloom down.

Set in England during a time of strict society rules and revered yet eccentric scientific families, Like a Flower in Bloom invites you into the life of Charlotte, a botanist who thinks her life will continue forever as her father’s assistant–until he and her uncle decide she needs to perform her “womanly duty” and marry and have a family.

Charlotte is horrified yet determined to prove her worth to her father, certain he will soon beg for her to stay.

But she didn’t count on Edward. Seamlessly taking her place–and perhaps even doing a better job than she ever did–Edward nudges her aside as she attempts to fit in with society, something she has never had a part of before.

Blunt, honest, and unconventional, Charlotte bumbles her way through society–and sheds lights on quite a few unknown (to me, anyway) facts of history.

Siri Mitchell does not fail to delight in this excellent novel, and you will most likely learn more about botany than you ever did before. (Unless you are a botanist, of course.) :)

I enjoyed it, and I hope you will as well!

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Off to read (or write) my next book! :)

Happy reading!

In Him,



Like a Flower in Bloom

Like a Flower in Bloom

Genre: Historical Fiction
Siri Mitchell's main character Charlotte is eccentric. A botanist trying to get her scientific findings published in a world where the woman's place is the home and family, Charlotte doesn't fit into society's mold. Will all her efforts to catch a husband at her family's insistence prove to them how valuable she is as her father's assistant--a scientist? Definitely an enjoyable read!
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About the Book

He Stole the Work She Loved.
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?

It’s all her uncle’s fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she’s reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte’s future–the only proper future for a woman–is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he’ll soon change his mind…and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society–a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.

Things aren’t perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She’ll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she’s most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?

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4 Thoughts on “Book Review: Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

  1. I’m so sorry to have tortured you so often — thanks for sticking with me! Glad I could return the favor with this one. :)

    • Oh, Ms. Mitchell, I almost DIED when I read this comment–thank you so much for reading my review! You made my year! :) It was torture in a good way–it kept me coming back for more and put you on my “must always read her books” list. I love your books, and I’m still giddy over your comment! Lol. Have a wonderful day! :)

  2. I love Siri’s book too! She has an amazing way of getting right into the mind of the character. I thought Charlotte was very courageous in the way she didn’t bend to the pressure to preform to other people’s expectations. She was true to who she was, even though she was eccentric. Why do we think eccentricity is bad?

    • Being eccentric is not bad at all! It adds spice to life. :) (I’m so sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier–I approved it and everything and somehow missed it!) Charlotte was truly a unique and enjoyable character–I’m so glad you loved the book too! Have a marvelous day! :)

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