The Secret Sense of Wildflower Kindle ☆ The Secret

The Secret Sense of Wildflower Kindle ☆ The Secret

The Secret Sense of Wildflower ➻ [Reading] ➽ The Secret Sense of Wildflower By Susan Gabriel ➰ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A quietly powerful story, at times harrowing but ultimately a joy to read Kirkus Reviews starred review, for books of remarkable merit Also on Kirkus Reviews list of Best Books of Set in s Appalachia A quietly powerful story, at times Sense of PDF ✓ harrowing but ultimately a joy to read Kirkus Reviews starred review, for books of remarkable merit Also on Kirkus Reviews list of Best books ofSet in s Appalachia, The Secret Sense of Wildflower tells the story of Louisa May The Secret eBook ☆ Wildflower McAllister whose life has been shaped around the recent death of her beloved father in a sawmill accident While her mother hardens in her grief, Wildflower and her three sisters must cope with their loss themselves, as well as with the demands of daily survival Secret Sense of ePUB ↠ Despite these hardships, Wildflower has a resilience that is forged with humor, a love of the land, and an endless supply of questions to God, who she isn t so sure she agrees with When Johnny Monroe, the town s teenage ne er do well, sets his sights on Wildflower, she must draw on the strength of her relations, both living and dead, to deal with his threat With prose as lush and colorful as the American South, The Secret Sense of Wildflower is powerful and poignant, brimming with energy and angst, humor and hope In its ability to create a truly original Southern voice, The Secret Sense of Wildflower establishes Gabriel as a thoughtful and powerful Southern writer.


10 thoughts on “The Secret Sense of Wildflower

  1. Susan Gabriel Susan Gabriel says:

    I actually wrote this book, so I m very biased.


  2. T.B. Markinson T.B. Markinson says:

    The Secret Sense of Wildflower is powerful and it ll be hard for me to forget Usually I love books that I can devour however I found I couldn t read large chunks of this at one time Instead of putting me off, it made me like the story evenThe subject matter is intense Louisa May Wildflower is the type of character that readers will love She s honest, observant, frank, and funny I love a book that pulls me into the lives of the characters and this one does just that Wildflower has The Secret Sense of Wildflower is powerful and it ll be hard for me to forget Usually I love books that I can devour however I found I couldn t read large chunks of this at one time Instead of putting me off, it made me like the story evenThe subject matter is intense Louisa May Wildflower is the type of character that readers will love She s honest, observant, frank, and funny I love a book that pulls me into the lives of the characters and this one does just that Wildflower has to contend with a lot in her life and many people would fall to pieces She s one tough cookie As the story progressed I cheered her on At times I wanted to hug her and to tell her everything would be okay At other times I wanted to shout at those who were upsetting her I know I like a book when I start talking to the words on the page like they can hear me This is a wonderful story that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer


  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    Even though it only shows 4 stars, I really give it 4.5 but that is not allowed here on Goodreads This is the type of book that I crave to read It s beautifully written in lyrical prose that I found myself slowing down to re read It has such a deep familial core, yet also has a darkness that makes you keep reading. All of the characters are so true to the era and Appalachian culture and are all very believable It is a true Southern tale There are both great relationships and some very diff Even though it only shows 4 stars, I really give it 4.5 but that is not allowed here on Goodreads This is the type of book that I crave to read It s beautifully written in lyrical prose that I found myself slowing down to re read It has such a deep familial core, yet also has a darkness that makes you keep reading. All of the characters are so true to the era and Appalachian culture and are all very believable It is a true Southern tale There are both great relationships and some very difficult ones that add evenlayers to this story Part of what makes itcomplex is how Wildflower, while still coming to terms with her father s death and the changes it brought to the entire family, she is now burdened with evendifficult circumstances that cause her to fight even harder for a better life.This is definitely a story that will stay with me for a long while and recommend it highly.Full review here


  4. Jae Jae says:

    I love a book that makes me feel like I m right in the mix of things, and this book surely accomplished that The characters seemed reallike friends I ve met and will keep in my heart The conflict fits into the me too movement, and the readers find what kind of person WE want to be in a situation where we can choose compassion or judgement For me, I want to be like Aunt Hattie or Hector Sector, unphased by the opinions of othersjust offering what I can to give others hope I wish I cou I love a book that makes me feel like I m right in the mix of things, and this book surely accomplished that The characters seemed reallike friends I ve met and will keep in my heart The conflict fits into the me too movement, and the readers find what kind of person WE want to be in a situation where we can choose compassion or judgement For me, I want to be like Aunt Hattie or Hector Sector, unphased by the opinions of othersjust offering what I can to give others hope I wish I could have taught this novel to high schoolers It s a story of finding courage and hope in despair and confusion, and the reader will find that most of us experience those moments when we need someone wiser and kinder than us to show us a way to grow


  5. Erin Erin says:

    I was pretty blown away by how good this book is I didn t read it with any expectations, hadn t heard anything about it really, so when I read it, I realized from page one that it is a a well written, powerful book.As it begins, we learn that Louisa May Wildflower and all her sisters have names from the book Little Women All use those names except for Louisa May, who prefers Wildflower, as that was the name given to her by her beloved father, now deceased Wildflower mourns the loss of her f I was pretty blown away by how good this book is I didn t read it with any expectations, hadn t heard anything about it really, so when I read it, I realized from page one that it is a a well written, powerful book.As it begins, we learn that Louisa May Wildflower and all her sisters have names from the book Little Women All use those names except for Louisa May, who prefers Wildflower, as that was the name given to her by her beloved father, now deceased Wildflower mourns the loss of her father everyday, and doesn t understand why her mother is always picking on her She takes care of the stray cats that live under her house, that her father fed before her, and is kind of like a stray herself, with her mother lost in grief and bothering with Wildflower only when she has a criticism Her sisters are good and keep an eye on her, and their husbands are protective of Wildflower as well, like true big brothers But Wildflower can t be watched 100% not that she is bad or a troublemaker, but because the mountain is vast and contains its own dangers out of eyesight, such as Johnny Monroe Johnny is the teenage thug, and while I felt sorry for him at first, my sympathy faded fast And if you ask my friends, that rarely happens I often feel sorry for the bad guy , feeling they were shaped that way by circumstance Well, Johnny started that way, but Gabriel created a character I can t even feel that sorry for An event takes places that shakes up Wildflower s world even , and the remainder of the book is about how she and her family deal with the aftermath Wildflower is strong and resilient, much like her name She took a lot of licks but still kept on going I also would have had the biggest crush on her older sister Jo s husband Daniel, if I were Wildflower I definitely did while reading the book He evidenced himself to be the most thoughtful and kind character, and it was easy to see why the family loved him I really enjoyed this book, although parts of the book were intense emotionally The message is one of hope, even when you feel sometimes there isn t any


  6. Beth Beth says:

    The Secret Sense of Wildflower is sweet but painful story of a just turned 13 year old girl and her tragically abrupt leap into adulthood Set in the east Tennessee mountains in 1941, the book is narrated by Louisa May McAllister, known as Wildflower Imagine Scout, of To Kill a Mockingbird, a few years older and having lost her beloved father to a terrible accident the year before She still grieves deeply for him and visits his grave almost daily She carries on conversations with him and God, The Secret Sense of Wildflower is sweet but painful story of a just turned 13 year old girl and her tragically abrupt leap into adulthood Set in the east Tennessee mountains in 1941, the book is narrated by Louisa May McAllister, known as Wildflower Imagine Scout, of To Kill a Mockingbird, a few years older and having lost her beloved father to a terrible accident the year before She still grieves deeply for him and visits his grave almost daily She carries on conversations with him and God, trying to understand why he had to die so young Wildflower s mental wrestling with the Hell and damnation Preacher at the Missionary Baptist Church is funny and insightful She relies on her rabbit s foot, her gold medallion of Mary and Baby Jesus inherited from her Irish Catholic grandmother , and her father s gentle pantheism thanking the trees and the earth for their service to humans to get through scary situations Wildflower s secret sense, a kind of gut feeling, alerts her to be wary of places, people, and events, if she would only listen.I expected this story to continue as a memoir like slice of life, showing Wildflower s inner strength as she overcomes the sadness in her life but a sudden twist in the plot blew me away Then again, with hindsight I was able to recognize the foreshadowing and hints that led to an inevitable conclusion I hope I haven t given too much away Although it sounds like the plot change may have been too jarring to be realistic, nothing could be further from the truth Life happens just this way, regardless of the rabbit s foot in your pocket.I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it It is well written, intensely moving, and will stay with you for a long time


  7. RYCJ RYCJ says:

    The Secret Sense of Wildflower is a heartwarming charming tale I couldn t put down I curled up with Wildflower McAllister narrating her most private thoughts, almost feeling as if I was eavesdropping in on a conversation I wasn t supposed to hear.The story takes place in the Tennessee mountains during a time remembered as not the happiest decade 1940 s, where Wildflower copes with life s sometimes harsh offerings, one being her father s tragic accident, by tapping into that place few seldom The Secret Sense of Wildflower is a heartwarming charming tale I couldn t put down I curled up with Wildflower McAllister narrating her most private thoughts, almost feeling as if I was eavesdropping in on a conversation I wasn t supposed to hear.The story takes place in the Tennessee mountains during a time remembered as not the happiest decade 1940 s, where Wildflower copes with life s sometimes harsh offerings, one being her father s tragic accident, by tapping into that place few seldom reach the secret sense What I really like about the story, outside of the gentle pacing and tone, and that is Wildflower doesn t let you feel sorry for her She s a strong little girl, and very observant, with a disobedient sense of humor The world she sees, she s really not supposed to see in the way she observes it, though it s what I really loved that about her and actually about all of the characters that being her sisters, Daniel especially , Johnny s sisters, Sadie, her mother, and of course her father as well.One of my favorite spots was the part about Max who barked on every occasion but the one time that mattered Really got tickled by the way that scene was portrayed a mirror reflection of a wonderfully delicate tale A rather inspiring intimate experience to say the least


  8. Corinne Edwards Corinne Edwards says:

    Louisa May prefers the name Wildflower, not only because it makes her feel independent and free but it s the name her daddy called her And her daddy is dead In the Appalachian hills in the 40s, it s no easy thing to survive without a man in the house and Wildflower s mama feels the strain Only one thing weighs on Wildflower s mind as much as her daddy Johnny Monroe Mean as a mad dog, Johnny s got it out for Wildflower and Wildflower knows it, even though the people she tells don t believe i Louisa May prefers the name Wildflower, not only because it makes her feel independent and free but it s the name her daddy called her And her daddy is dead In the Appalachian hills in the 40s, it s no easy thing to survive without a man in the house and Wildflower s mama feels the strain Only one thing weighs on Wildflower s mind as much as her daddy Johnny Monroe Mean as a mad dog, Johnny s got it out for Wildflower and Wildflower knows it, even though the people she tells don t believe it One poor choice, one unintended consequence, one chance for Wildflower to decide if she s truly as powerful as she once believed she could be.Told in Wildflowers voice, this book feels nice and settled in an older time and place I liked the relationships between Wildflower and her sisters and aunts and brothers in law, she is so grounded in her family It s a painful story, about the rifts that can arise between mothers and daughters and about forgiveness and redemption Sometimes Wildflower s inner dialogue felt a little repetitive and obvious, and the content is intense but one scene at the end did actually bring tears to my eyes, so it gets four stars for really making me feel something


  9. Anne Alexander Anne Alexander says:

    I enjoyed Gabriel s first novel, Seeking Sara Summers The Secret Sense of Wildflower is quite a departure, or perhaps demonstrates the breadth of Gabriel s abilities It also shows her depth, as the writing is very solid The novel is set in 1940 s Appalachia and is full of humor mixed in with a serious theme Wildflower her nickname is a spunky teen whose beloved father died a year or so ago and she and her mother and three sisters forge their way without their man A local boy, Johnny Monro I enjoyed Gabriel s first novel, Seeking Sara Summers The Secret Sense of Wildflower is quite a departure, or perhaps demonstrates the breadth of Gabriel s abilities It also shows her depth, as the writing is very solid The novel is set in 1940 s Appalachia and is full of humor mixed in with a serious theme Wildflower her nickname is a spunky teen whose beloved father died a year or so ago and she and her mother and three sisters forge their way without their man A local boy, Johnny Monroe is one of those mountain cretins you don t want to meet think Deliverance and he and Wildflower have a dramatic encounter I don t want to reveal the storyline, but I recommend this to those who are tired of badly written novels and want a lyrical, suspenseful story that is hard to forget


  10. Melissa Melissa says:

    I would like to start off saying that Johnny is one bad egg I really liked the book I felt bad for Wildflower, she s just having such a hard time ever since her dad passed away I like Daniel, and that he keeps an eye out for Wildflower like a father figure It doesn t really say but I hope that Victor and Wildflower end up together He does nice things for her and he didn t treat her any different then before after the incident with Johnny.


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