The Secret Sense of Wildflower “A quietly powerful story, at times harrowing but ultimately a joy to read.” – Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews’ starred review for “books of exceptional merit” and named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012!

“In this novel, life turns toward a dark horizon for a precocious adolescent grieving for her father in 1941 Tennessee.

“It’s difficult to harbor secrets in a rural mountain town of maybe 80 souls, especially when adult siblings live within spitting distance of the family home. Most of the townsmen work at the sawmill, and most of the young women have been harassed at one time or another by creepy Johnny Monroe. But Louisa May McAllister, nicknamed Wildflower, knows that revealing her frequent forays to the cemetery, where she talks to her beloved late father, would only rile her embittered mother. She also knows to hide her “secret sense,” as it would evoke scorn from all save eccentric Aunt Sadie, who shares her tomboy niece’s gift.

“Those secrets come at a cost when, on one of her graveyard visits, Louisa May ignores her premonition of danger. Read more.

About Susan

Susan Gabriel writes with passion, humor and insight about Southerners, both wise and wounded; teens, both ordinary and odd; and the people who love them, both explicit and unconscious. While she at times has written plays, poetry and nonfiction (see her blog), Susan primarily writes southern fiction and short stories. Discover more about Susan Gabriel here.

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Congratulations Audiobook Winners!

Audiobook winners of the free audiobook version of Quentin and the Cave Boy: A Humorous Adventure Story for Kids 8 to 88 that is on sale on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes are:   Dana H. Kerri Laurie E. Gerri K. Cindy C.     About Quentin and the Cave Boy:... read more

…astute observations and wonderfully turned phrases, with nary a cliché to be found. She could be an adolescent Scout Finch… ”

– Kirkus Reviews (starred)


The STONE Age meets the TEENage! Quentin Moss is an average 13-year-old boy with an anything-but-average problem: the cave boy he dreamed about last night has shown up, alive and smelly, in his bedroom.


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My FAVORITE Creativity-related Quote this Week:

 “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

–Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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