Violet has made a vow to find out what was behind her husband’s death. She owns Fragrant Sentiments, a flower shop in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in 1891.
I love the parts of poems that introduce each chapter. They are all about love and flowers, a language Violet is well versed in and lends to her suggestions to customers which flowers would best suit the situation. Since her husband, Roger, died in a freak accident, she has run the shop alone. Enter Holly and her uncle Devon Moore, seeking flowers for an upcoming wedding. Violet hires Holly to help in the shop and thereby a relationship blooms with Devon. Violet starts to receive beautifully penned love notes. The trouble is, she can’t figure out who her secret admirer is. She narrows it down to three likely men: Devon, a wealthy lumber baron, Webster, her delivery man and helper at her gardens, and Frankie, whom she knew when she was younger and who is visiting his mother.
This was a well-written story that moves along with some intrigue and some soul searching, and a likable faith thread.
*I received a complimentary ebook copy from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid faith thread
A springtime novella of a secret love and a passionate vow
In the late 1890s, intuitive flower shop owner Violet Brooks opens up her heart and business to the Moore family but yet has vowed to get justice for her deceased husband, Roger, whom she believed had died as a result of bucking the Moore lumber company.
Handsome lumberbaron Devon Moore frequents Violet's shop with his niece, Holly, who's preparing for her upcoming wedding. Running the shop herself after her husband's death a year prior exhausts Violet, so she hires Holly, surprising herself by hoping to have more chances for her path to cross with Devon’s.
In the meantime, a secret admirer leaves Violet messages in the language of flowers. Her heart blossoms to the sentiments within.
She’s torn between her growing attraction for Devon and her admirer, or are they one in the same?
Journalist Frankie Dermot, an old classmate and flame of Violet’s, comes back to town. Violet enlists his help in her search for the truth about Roger’s death. But when they uncover who's really responsible for her husband's passing one year prior, Violet is shocked.
Will Violet shut herself off from newfound love, or will she allow her past vow to her deceased husband to dictate her future and keep her from the man who wins her heart?
Readers of Christian historical fiction and Christian historical romance with a twist of mystery will find their hearts set aflutter by Violet’s tale of discovering romance and be inspired by her path to grace.