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The Secret Sense of Wildflower | [Susan Gabriel]

The Secret Sense of Wildflower

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.
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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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    "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?


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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 08-06-14
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    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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