Wildflower in Bloom by Janelle Ashley
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Inspirational, Historical
Length: Short (45 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon
Barton Remington has always thought of his best friend's little sister as an untamed dirty-faced tomboy, but after a six year absence he returns home to find this little wildflower all grown up and much too appealing for her own good.
Poppy Mandelville is merely a merchant's daughter, so when Barton returns from the war, and she discovers her childish infatuation has bloomed into love, she must put aside all hope of a match with the future Earl of Birmingham…or must she?
Janelle Ashley’s Wildflower in Bloom is delightfully charming. Like one single poppy in bloom, this short romance buds and flowers before your eyes.
One of the most important events in Barton’s self-journey, his identity, has already changed dramatically at the outset of the tale. Barton reflects on the war. The man he has become (or so he thinks) if far different than the man that set off, two years before.
Yet, will others see him as a new man – or will it just be a blue-blood, returning to life far above that of the common man? Lovely young Poppy, daughter of a merchant, has no reason to remember him kindly. Yet, it won’t be as simple as convincing her he has changed: the happiness of Barton’s other friends, particularly best friend Dominic, must matter as well. He must rely not only on himself, but on the words he will try to live by, and hope indeed, that “Love covers a multitude of sins.”
This story does not only include the main character’s uplifting outlook. A sense of inspiration exudes from even the smallest detail. Ashley’s descriptions are wonderfully delicious; even in the first line, we find mention of “a thousand prisms of light.” The Psalms quoted fit the story – and our main character’s changing outlook, so very well.
These wildflowers bloom with very perfect petals; this short romance takes you back to the early nineteenth century, but what matters most is what is in the hearts of the characters. 4.5 books
A note: the cover is misleading, as it is so very contemporary.