By Julie Cantrell

Perennials by [Cantrell, Julie]

5 out of 5 stars

Eva is going home for her parents’ 50th anniversary. Lovey, as she is called back home, has some trepidation. She is in the middle of closing a big client for her firm. She has such a contentious relationship with her sister Bitsy. And she is still getting over being fooled by her ex-boyfriend Reed. She thinks it will be just a short trip but when her parents beg her to stay, she does so warily. Lovey begins to notice something is not right with her mother and she also notices that she still has feelings for her long ago boyfriend Fisher, who is so much more than just a family friend.

Her father is going to surprise her mother with a memory garden and he enlists Lovey and Fisher to help. Gardening and flowers has always been a big part of Lovey and her mother’s life. I love how throughout the book, the author uses metaphors about flowers and life. It really is a lovely touch.

This is one of those reads that will make you feel all the feels. I was angry for Lovey and how hurt she had been by her sister. I was sad in quite a few parts and yes, I cried. I was happy for reasons you will find out when you read this lovely book. This is in a Christian genre so if that is not your thing, you should know going into it. I felt my faith renewed.  It left me feeling hopeful and with such a warm, fuzzy feeling. You will not be disappointed.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson and the review is my own humble opinion.


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