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Some Wildflower in My Heart (Derby #2)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  535 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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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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
Rhonda Mcandrew
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'
Amber Fuller
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
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
Jane Hoppe
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
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.
Ken Bickley
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
Glenda Lynne
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
Camille Eide
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
Nov 29, 2007 Jeni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian women
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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
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."
This is one of those books (for me anyway) that gets you right in the heart. I loved the author's style of writing; quoting books she had read and bringing to life the "author" of the book, Margaret Tuttle. The story is one that will stay with me forever. The characters were all so real to me; Margaret's pain and suffering, Birdie's determination to love Margaret, helping her to heal. God uses suffering for good. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.
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.
Ann Black
This book drags on and on. The author is more focused on impressing the reader with her literary knowledge than actually writing a book that captures the attention of the reader. Liked the main character, Birdie and others in this book, but the author leaves me cold and uninterested.
Slow start but good finish

I wasn't sure if I'd finish this book. To me it started out slow. But, I continued reading and found it got better. In fact, I wound up crying at the end. Plus, now I have ideas for other books to read, thanks to Margaret!

I really liked this story, but found it difficult to read. I don't think most people would have continued past the first chapter. After trudging on the character keeps referring to other books and giving the story line of those books. I felt there was a over abundance of unnecessary information.
Patricia Young
Excellent read

extremely well written with beautifully descriptive writing. tremendous insight and a raw honesty about our own fallibility. Touching with meaning, but not sloppy and sentimental. one of the better books I have read.
Mary Jane
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
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
kathy leveritt
Enjoyable Read

The relationship between Margaret and Birdie was one that people can relate too. It also made me think about the relationships in my own life. Good points to remember in real life. Will read more of her works
Why a heartfelt book. This story makes you believe again and have faith. I love how the two main characters Margaret and Birdie befriend each other and are able to help each other in ways that they may never have thought possible.
This is a reread of a favorite author. Many complain that this book is too wordy but it is one of the things I like in this book. I love the main characters Margaret, Birdie, Thomas and Mickey. Great story.
Mary Beth
What a wonderful story! I loved all of Margaret's references to other books and poems. It made me want to make a reading list of the ones I haven't read. Wonderful themes of love and hope.
Rebecca Carey
Excellent women's fiction! Loved the author's insightful look at damaged psyches on the road to healing and her rich descriptions of unique yet believable characters.
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
This book was hard to follow at times, however, the story and message was worth the read!
Sharon Esche
Worth reading as the author take you on a journey from a life of pain to a life of faith.
This was so good! Such an inspiring story about Christ-like love.
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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
Andrea Leaver
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
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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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