Friday, 17 January 2014

Review - Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster

Where Petals Fall

"With vivid prose and a tender heart, Melissa Foster has crafted a psychological and emotional mystery fueled by love in all its forms."
Jennie Shortridge
Author of Love Water Memory

On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she always dreamed of opening. But in the past few months her world has slowly unraveled.  Her precocious child is withdrawing, showing unexplainable signs of emotional regression, a condition that frays the bonds of Junie’s once impenetrable marriage.  When her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Junie packs up her daughter and goes home to help her mother.  Her homecoming stirs up memories of the nightmare she thought she had put behind her, the disappearance of her childhood friend, Ellen.  Haunted by recurring memories of what happened on that fateful day, Junie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the secrets surrounding her missing friend, and the trauma that has caused her little girl to climb back into herself. As the pieces come together on the event that shook her small town, and at the risk of losing everyone she loves, Junie will question everything she thought she could rely on and everyone she thought she knew.

WHERE PETALS FALL is a gripping and emotional novel with an undercurrent of suspense, featuring a determined mother whose world slowly comes apart around her.  Where Petals Fall will appeal to fans of Lisa Scottoline's Save Me or Jodi Picoult's Salem Falls, who love an emotional and gripping read. They will root for Junie as they follow her transition into an indomitable heroine who must reconcile what she discovers about her husband and family’s tragic past, and find a way to put the pieces of her family back together and carry on.

WOW! What an emotional book! I've only recently discovered Melissa Foster and I think I would be quite happy to lock myself in a room and read all her books back to back.  This was totally different to the books I read and reviewed recently.  Here's my review of Destined for Love.  

Loved the characters, loved the emotion and loved Melissa's writing.  She's a very talented lady who seems to be writing quicker than I can read at the moment and through different genres too! I do feel that anyone reading this particular book may need a box of tissues at hand.  I know I certainly had a good snivel or two or maybe even more! 

It is also though extremely gripping and full of suspense and you become so involved in the characters lives that it is quite hard to get back into reality.  It's one of those books that leaves you thinking about it all the time you are not reading it and being worried about the characters as if they are your friends or relatives.

This was a very intense but brilliant read and I would highly recommend it.  

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About the Author 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author.  She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. 

Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event. 

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Shaz Goodwin said...

Fabulous review Kim.

Thank you for taking part in Melissa's tour :)


Melissa Foster said...

Awesome! Glad you enjoyed the suspense and drama of Junie's life. Thank you for the rockin' review!! XOXO