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Named a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews!

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.

Enjoy southern fiction at its best today!

©2012 Susan Gabriel (P)2018 Susan Gabriel

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Paints Quite a Picture !

This was a fantastic read. The imagery was so detailed - sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrible, but always vivid. Wildflower's love for her Daddy was heart wrenchingly real. The bully Johnny Monroe stirred hatred and fear. His lasting impact on Louisa May's life is bitter sweet. I am delighted to see there is a next in this series, and it is already on my wish list. My only comment for improvement regards the narration - it was painfully slow. I had to listen at 1.25% speed to have it sound "normal" for me. Thanks, Susan Gabriel, for a great read that sketches an inviting picture of family life in early 20th century Appalachia.

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I loved this book!

I just finished listening to The Secret Sense of Wildflower on Audible. I am a 58-year-old grandmother, and this story drew me in - to the point that I was a pregnant 13-year-old in a 1940's Appalachian mountain county. I laughed and cried with Wildflower. I held my breath in fear of what was coming, and I am sitting here wanting to know the rest of her story. Looking forward to getting the next book in the series!

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  • Becky
  • PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 10-13-18

enjoyed the listen

really enjoyed narration
a very sad situation turned around by LOVE and SUPPORT of family.

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Meh

The story has the potential to be more than what it was. The book dwelt way too long and too much about the Wildflower's attachment and death of her father. It got really redundant at times...slow moving.

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Vivid scenery of the beautiful hills and hollers of the Appalachian Mountains.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction .... the old mountain family structure is plain and simple but the characters are deep thinkers.