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Some Wildflower in My Heart (Derby #2)

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Margaret Tuttle is content to live the well-ordered, uncluttered life she has created for herself until Birdie Freeman--through acts of love--causes Margaret to unlock memories of things better left forgotten.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Bethany House Publishers
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Rhonda Mcandrew
Sep 26, 2013 Rhonda Mcandrew rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have heard of this author and I don't read a lot of fiction, but I really enjoyed this book. It was well written in how slowly, by love, the very closed Margaret was won to the Lord. Through Birdie's fervent, persevering love, the walls Margaret had erected over her life, due to the many sufferings she had been through, began to crumble.

One of my favorite lines was when Birdie spoke truthfully to Margaret:
"We can't do anything about suffering, Margaret," she said. "It'
Jun 23, 2016 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep in detail tale about friendship and love finally accepted. We have two very different women. It's a slow process. Faith and trust develop with example and sharing. And within a circle that expands and does not limit. Birdie is a character to remember.

This is set within everyday life in a South Carolina small town. It moves slowly and yet pain of the past is overcome. Finally and in a way that breaks the solitary shell.
Dec 30, 2010 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had a hard time getting involved with this book, I wanted to, I liked the characters, but she went on about things other than the current subject that seemed to get me off track. About half way through I was totally involved. It was slow moving but the characters were very interesting. The main one (Margaret and she tells the story) was very strict and set in her ways and no one was ever going to change that. The other main character named Birdie was so outgoing and such a positive person that y ...more
Oct 05, 2016 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the three Turner books I have read (the others being Winter Birds and Sometimes a Light Surprises), this was definitely the best. I thought the statements about pride in one's own suffering were spot-on. I also appreciated the realistic ways in which the narrator fights against God's drawing her to Himself.

Birdie Freeman is such a challenge (it sounds trite, but she really is) to me. She spends nearly a year just being a friend to bitter and hurting people. Christian fiction should be like t
Sep 13, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I finished this book, I tried to determine exactly why I liked it so much.

The author is a good – a very good – writer. Her prose could not be called ‘concise’ but she does have an incredible talent for helping the reader to empathise with her characters. Jamie Langston Turner does not write light, frothy fiction. Her writing is serious and thoughtful, exploring the motivations of the human heart. This author exposes the difficulties of life and helps the reader to feel the reality of situatio
Amber Fuller
Dec 22, 2014 Amber Fuller rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by one of my best friends. It did not disappoint. It's impossible not to fall in love with the main characters, Birdie and Margaret. I also fell in love with this author.

Margaret and Birdie came to life in a profound way on the pages. By the time I finished this book, I felt like I knew them both. The story of their relationship, beginning as co-workers and ending as close friends, made me look at my own relationships differently and wonder about my own ability to give
Nov 14, 2011 Jeanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found there are 3 different kinds of people, those whose hearts only care about themselves, self-absorbed, spoiled, etc., those that their hearts have been rejected, hurt, and so they protect their hearts and have a wall around them, then their are those hearts that love and do not give up on others. This story is about two women (Margaret and Birdie) one heart is protected and one heart loves. Turner always writes with great detail and she does in this time as well. If you have the patie ...more
Nov 29, 2007 Jeni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian women
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I'll admit that Jamie Langston Turner's books are not action-filled, and some might find them to drag, but her characters are so realistic that I find them a delight to read. This story about an unlikely friendship between two women with secrets really touched me. The main character, Margaret, has suffered much pain emotionally by events in her past, causing her to close up her heart and isolate herself relationally. But she is befriended by a cheerf ...more
Jane Hoppe
Jul 17, 2011 Jane Hoppe rated it liked it
Turner's narrator, Margaret Tuttle, pens this story of a remarkably generous woman, Birdie Freeman, who changed Margaret's life. Margaret, always proper and correct, holds herself aloof from everyone for justifiable reasons. Then she meets Birdie. Through Margaret's account of about a year of interactions with Birdie, we see how Margaret came to be the person she is today (she is middle-aged). Turner masterfully creates the old Margaret for us even as the new Margaret blooms under Birdie's lovin ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this book, which surprised me because I'm not religious and definitely not Christian and this book's main theme is faith in God and in love. The narrator is outwardly very cold and no-nonsense, so the writing style reflects that. But she writes about how a friend and some other people in her life helped to soften her. It's a little bit sentimental, but not sappy. There are also some tragic descriptions of sexual abuse and death that are heartbreaking.
Mary Wolff
Nov 11, 2016 Mary Wolff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and inspiring read. I really liked it, but it is a different kind of writing than what I am used to. No spoilers from me though....
S Hay
I really enjoyed it. It was a good heartwarming story.
Camille Eide
Sep 28, 2012 Camille Eide rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is told by Margaret, a deeply wounded woman who has spent decades closed off to love, relationships, and especially God. She ensures distance from others by being cold and unapproachable. Yet In spite of her brusque demeanor, she finds herself the recipient of the persistently kind, friendly attentions of a woman named Birdie with an inexhaustible capacity for love.

In the real world, anyone behaving like Margaret is sure to go to their grave friendless. But because one woman’s love fo
Deborah Gatz
Jun 12, 2016 Deborah Gatz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I didn't think I was going to make it through the book, the protagonist's manner of speech and attitude toward others was so stiff and cold. Yet I came to see that it was a clear reflection of her spirit and heart, hardened in a dogged attempt for self-preservation. Yet Margaret Tuttle's daily rebuffs of any friendship offered her meets its match in Birdie Freeman. No matter how unyielding her manner, ultimately Margaret can not repulse Birdie's Christ like love for her. It was when I g ...more
Glenda Lynne
Jul 25, 2014 Glenda Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every moment of reading this book. I got deeply involved with the characters' lives and found it sad to have the story end. We all have pain in our lives, but it can be a personal choice as to what we do about that pain. In this story, Margaret, the storyteller, shares her life with the readers and takes us on that journey of pain and how to desk with it. It actually reads a lot like a memoir, so much so that, initially, I though it might be nonfiction. I can understand how some readers ...more
Jenny Thompson
My mother recommended this book to me, and there were things about it that I thought were very well done. Turner's protagonist Margaret has been through hell, and even decades later, her suffering has profound effects on who she is as a person. Turner lovingly points out to the reader and Margaret that we all suffer, and weirdly we have a tendency to compete with each other over who has experienced the worst stuff. As it turns out, trying to feel special because of our pain is not a great way to ...more
Here is a Christian author who knows how to write! She is a professor of literature at Bob Jones University. The story was told in the first person by Margaret, a 50-year-old woman who'd suffered some tragic things in her past and had never dealt with it. It was enlightening to see things through her eyes - her perfectionistic nature and how it affected her relationships, her avoidence of her tragic childhood, her realization that she was incorrect to think that no one had known suffering like s ...more
Mary Jane
Feb 24, 2013 Mary Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some Wildflower in My Heart is, without doubt, one of my favorite books. The story of the unfolding relationship between Birdie and Margaret is compelling. Margaret is a woman who has emotionally separated herself from any close friendship, while Birdie has nothing but love to give away. Margaret, a school cafeteria supervisor, finds herself contending, not only with Birdie's, at first, unwelcome friendship, but also with the surprising awakening love for her husband. On top of all this, she fin ...more
Ken Bickley
Jun 25, 2014 Ken Bickley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't be deceived by the innocuous-sounding title of this book. (It's taken from the last line of a poem by Archibald Rutledge - "Gifts From the Wildwood".) This is a powerful book by a formidable writer. Margaret Bryce Tuttle is a 50-year-old woman who has been so battered by life that she has grown a thick, protective shell. She has no friends, not even her husband Thomas, and wants none. To make matters worse, she is coldly superior (think Cora Beth Godsey of "The Waltons"). Then she meets Bi ...more
Kristi Fleming
This book was just okay for me. I loved the characters and the theme of the story. However, I hated the rambling on and the style in which this book was written. I drove me CRAZY!! I also disliked the references to books, poems, music that is woven throughout. Maybe if I had read all those books it would have meant something, but I have not and therefore it did not. The emotional aspect of the book was translated very well and it cannot help but to strike a chord with the reader. Overall, the bo ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This being my first experience with the author, it took me a little while to warm up to her sesquipedalian style. Curiously obvious, yet surprisingly vague, the protagonist, "author", main character had an annoying habit of infuriating me and drawing my pity with the same action more times than I wished to count. This is definitely not the book for the typical Christian-Fiction reader, not that this particular comment is meant as a down-casting of either author or typical reader, it is simply no ...more
Andrea Leaver
Mar 04, 2011 Andrea Leaver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know- the title is enough to summon Nicholas Sparks but it's nothing like it. This was a fascinating book about a woman named Margaret and the events (and choices on handling them) that made her a cold, critical, hard person, until she met a woman that forced her to review herself and inspire change. This was very insightful, contemplative and grammatically 'hearty'. I loved reading her thoughts {don't think this could ever be made into a successful movie because of all the thinking that takes ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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a. I’ve read several of Jamie Langston Turner’s books, this one being the first. If I had read the others, I would not have read this one. This one was the best out of all of them. It was wonderful.
b. Birdie and Margaret are the main characters. Both work in a school cafeteria. Margaret has been working there for years but Birdie just starts there. Birdie works her way into Margaret’s heart at work and at home. Margaret is married to a man several years her junior – a marriage of c
Jul 13, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, wow! what a wonderful book. Never mind that it seemed hard to like Rosie and impossible not to like Birdie. Or that the plot develops slowly. Keep reading--it is a warm story of friendship, faith and love. I cried through most of the last chapter and Epilogue and beg you not to read them first, if that is your habit! So glad I bought this at a yard sale, it was worth way more than the 25 cents I paid for it!
Jennifer Nelson
This book contains a fantastic plot, but, alas, it is drowning in an ocean of unnecessary detail. The core story, the influence of a loving life upon a hurting life, is beautiful and touching, and the writing at times is fabulous. I understand why the author puts such an emphasis on small details, as the narrator character is a "detail person," but it got really tiresome by the end. With a bit of editing, this book could be a real gem.
Apr 07, 2016 Lorrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was selected by someone in my book club. It was not something I would have picked out to read. It is by a Christian author. It was not as religious as I would have expected. I skimmed over the bible verses and religious parts. The author went out of her way to make this a sad and depressing book. I would not recommend it unless you really like that type of story. It did have some good thoughts about not dwelling on bad things that have happened in your past.
May 05, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book. I enjoyed the references to many other books and the rich vocabulary.
More, I enjoyed the realistic characters--I felt like I knew many of them (set in SC, so many things spoke of home).
Most of all, I felt inspired to be a better Christian, a better example of the believers. It was a good reminder of the impact we can have on others' lives, of the glorious things we know when we know Christ--and how much other people need what we have.
Jul 03, 2009 Sherrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Turner has captured the essence of love shown to others and the changes it brings about. Too often we're afraid to love those who seem not to want to be loved, but this story shows that subtle though they may be, changes do begin to take place. I highly recommend this book not only for the beautiful story line, but also for Turner's writing style which captures so much with sentence put down on paper.
Linda Davis
Jul 09, 2016 Linda Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been around for several years, but I have just read it. It now ranks among my 2 or 3 favorites ever. It is a stunning piece of work. The authenticity of time and place and dialogue, the depth of the characters, and the weightiness of the subject matter make it a story I will remember and recommend. Always. Turner's fearlessness in the narration ... It's just superb.

I wouldn't try to summarize this story. It's far too broad and deep and wide for my feeble words.
Wow! I loved this book. I loved that out of 76 references to other books I had read 20 of them and recognized many more. I loved the little snippets of opinion about those other books. The author has a strong, compassionate voice. But even more, I loved Margaret and Thomas and Birdie. This is the story of a very harsh, unlikable woman but because we can hear her inner dialog we love her and cheer for her to make it "creeping "forth from her hiding place, her eyes blinking in the strong light."
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Jamie Langston Turner is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Sometimes a Light Surprises, Winter Birds, and Some Wildflower in my Heart, and has been a teacher for more than forty years. She is currently a professor of poetry and creative writing at Bob Jones University. Jamie lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband.
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