woman readingA big thank you to Lisa Evans who reviews southern gothic novels at Southern Girl Reads. She recently reviewed my novel, The Secret Sense of Wildflower. You can go here to read it on her site. Here’s the best part:

Ramblings from a Southern bookworm

My Thoughts:
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 even more layers to this story. Part of what makes it more complex is how Wildflower, while still coming to terms with her father’s death and the changes it brought to the entire family, is now burdened with even more difficult circumstances that cause her to fight even harder for a better life.

What I really like is that Wildflower is telling the story from her own perspective. It brings such an innocent honesty that grabs your heart and doesn’t let go. I’m a sucker for a story told through a child’s eye and Ms. Gabriel interprets this protagonist beautifully. Though it has some disturbing moments, the story, as a whole, is wonderful and shouldn’t be missed.

This is definitely a story that will stay with me for a long while and recommend it highly. I am thankful to Susan Gabriel for sending me a copy and for forgiving me for not getting back to her sooner. To learn more about this author visit her website and follow her on Twitter @susangabriel


Author: Susan Gabriel

Publisher: Wild Lily Arts

Published: April 2012

Genre: Coming of Age, Southern Fiction

Length: 224 pp

Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5


Needless to say, I love bookworms of all persuasions and also appreciate the readers of this blog. Thanks for putting up with Wildflower getting some of the attention in this last year. I’m happy to report that her story is still finding readers and going strong.

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