Some Wildflower in My Heart (The Derby Series #2)
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Some Wildflower in My Heart (Derby #2)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  381 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Margaret Tuttle's story is one of love unsought, for she had been perfectly content with the well-ordered and conveniently predictable life she had arranged for herself.

But something dark lurks beneath the surface of her placid and uncluttered being, something dusty with neglect, yet painful to the touch.

Birdie Freeman is everything Margaret is not: homely, humble, and gen

Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Bethany House
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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
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...more
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...more
Nov 29, 2007 Jeni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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'...more
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
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.
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
Sharon Esche
Worth reading as the author take you on a journey from a life of pain to a life of faith.
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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...more
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
One of my favorite novels ever.
Sep 04, 2014 Felicia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Not a good Book.
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.
This was hard for me to rate. The whole entire book I was just waiting for the main character to stop living in the past--it was just so sad. I wasn't expecting the ending, even though she warned us. By the time it happened I had forgotten. I loved the literary references and want to go back and take some notes and read all the books she mentioned. I also loved the idea that she write this story in spiral notebooks bought at K-mart.
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.
This was a timely book for me with the theme of forgiveness. It sometimes got overly descriptive and the story would wander with details... probably like I tell stories though sometimes! I liked all the references to books. (more to add to my To Read list) I grew to love the characters and wished I could have known Birdie. Hope I can learn from her example.
Took me a couple tries to get into this book, because the protagonist/narrator is a difficult person to warm up to. And yet, that's part of the point of this very insightful story of the power of small acts of lovingkindness in the lives of people who carry secret hurts (and, honestly, doesn't EVERYBODY carry some?). Powerful and personally challenging story.
Amber Cody
I don't usually hate books, but the style of writing in this book, the fact that the author kept getting distracted from the actual story, and how the main character is so rude to everyone and thinks of herself to be better than everyone else made me despise this book. It took me three tries to read this book because I hate it so much I just couldn't go on.
My mom chose this book for our family book club and it was a great choice! The story is written in a very different way and I struggled with that, but I otherwise thought it was a good book. It was a wonderful reminder that we all have a choice in how we react to situations in our lives. I definitely recommend this book for everyone to read!
Just o.k.
If you are the type of person that enjoys books for the believable characters in them, then this book is not for you. I liked the plot, but found the main character to be so cold and prickly that I just could not imagine she would really find herself with a husband and a friend--both of which seemed to adore her.
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