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The Secret Sense of Wildflower Audiobook

The Secret Sense of Wildflower

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Publisher's Summary

Set in 1940s Appalachia, The Secret Sense of Wildflower tells the story of Louisa May "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. 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. 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.

©2012 Susan Gabriel (P)2012 Susan Gabriel

What the Critics Say

  • Best Books of 2012 (Kirkus Reviews)
  • "A quietly powerful story, at times harrowing but ultimately a joy to read." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review and voted a Best Book of 2012)

    "In this the story about a young girl who must grow up faster than her time and make peace with several factors there is also mystery and drama along with the palpable female protagonist and soulful narrative to keep the reader emotionally charged and invested. The Secret Sense of Wildflower is eloquent and moving tale chock-filled with themes of inner strength, family and love." (indiereader.com)

    "The story is powerful, very powerful. Excellent visuals, good drama. I raced to get to the conclusion...but didn't really want to read the last few pages because then it would be over!" (author Nancy Purcell)

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    Robert Atlanta 12-11-15
    Robert Atlanta 12-11-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Poor Narration"
    What did you like best about The Secret Sense of Wildflower? What did you like least?

    Perhaps if I had read this instead of listening to it, I would have liked it. Dull, monotone, drone expressionless narration.
    Story is OK, but not gripping or especially literary.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    boring. almost quit on her


    Could you see The Secret Sense of Wildflower being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


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    Julie San Jose, CA, United States 11-15-15
    Julie San Jose, CA, United States 11-15-15
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    "Poor narration and technical production"

    I wanted to like this book when I started listening to the audible version, and it had a promising start. Unfortunately, the author's narration and the technical production were really poor. The author's voice does not match the main character (a 12-13 year old girl), and she read in nearly a monotone with very little expression. In at least 3 instances the narration was interrupted by some technical issue, including what might be most of one of the last 3 or 4 chapters.

    I really like coming-of-age stories and southern literature. Even with the poor narration, the beginning of the novel, the character development, the building of tension and place were good enough to keep me reading. My biggest disappointment came in the tidy, abrupt ending, possibly because of the missing chapter. Perhaps some page limit had been reached?

    I was also hoping that Wildflower's "secret sense" would have played a more important part in the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Alexander Brevard NC 10-22-15
    A. Alexander Brevard NC 10-22-15

    A bookworm for over 50 years!

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    "Lyrical and suspenseful southern fiction"
    If you could sum up The Secret Sense of Wildflower in three words, what would they be?

    Spunky, smart southern girl overcomes adversity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Sense of Wildflower?

    The final scene with her mother is very moving.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Gabriel – was your favorite?

    That would have to be Wildflower, of course. She's the main character and the story is written in first person.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to those who are tired of listening to badly written novels and want a lyrical, suspenseful story that is hard to forget. Southern literary fiction at its best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-03-14
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    "the book was good."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. It is never good when an author reads their own books and this monotone rendition is almost painful.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Sense of Wildflower to and why?

    Moonfixer.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Gabriel’s performances?

    No. No


    Did The Secret Sense of Wildflower inspire you to do anything?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 08-06-14
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, poor narrative"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. It was a very good book and was well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was told in a first person voice of a 13 year old girl.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Gabriel’s performances?

    No! Even though she is the author, she is a poor narrator. Her voice is monotone and there is frequent stops in the book. You can hear her turn the pages. One time she stopped and did something... A sneeze? I couldn't make it out.


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