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Where Petals Fall

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  90 reviews
On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she always dreamed of opening. But in the past few months her world has slowly unraveled. Her precocious child is withdrawing, showing unexplainable signs of emotional regression, a condition that frays the bonds of Junie’s once impenetra ...more
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Published November 16th 2013 by World Literary Press (first published November 1st 2013)
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Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a bit difficult to rate. On one hand I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what was going on, and while I had some ideas around the mystery, there was enough doubt that it kept me guessing. On the other hand, I had issues as well and found myself getting frustrated with the story at times.

June Marie (my Grandma's name!) is a wife and mother whose marriage is on the rocks due to her young daughter's (Sarah) sudden, inexplicable regression and refusal to speak. Junie's fathe
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Junie, Brian, and their four year old daughter, Sarah, recently moved into a new house. But since the move, Sarah has begun to regress … no longer talking and wetting the bed. They have taken her to countless specialists and have yet to receive an actual diagnosis. Stressed out over Sarah, and the fact that it’s put a wedge between her and her husband, Junie also learns of her father’s sudden passing. Not wanting her mother to be alone Junie and Sarah make their way to Pennsylvania to be with he ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read a couple of Melissa Foster's books and let me tell you, I've not once been disappointed. I'm going to jump right in here and lay it on down.

Junie, has opened her own bakery - one she has always dreamed of owning. She is married to Brian and has a four year old daughter Sarah, everything seems to be alright until her daughter begins to withdrawal from life itself. Junie as any mother would be is worried and stressed about how to help her daughter. Feeling helpless and caught on what to
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Junie Olson has a handsome and successful lawyer husband, a lovely 4 year daughter, and has achieved her dream of having a successful bakery business but despite all this, her life is not entirely happy. Their daughter Sarah, has changed from being an outgoing and friendly little girl to being silent and uncommunicative and nobody, not even the professional therapists, can understand why. Her daughter’s regression has created a great divide between Junie and her husband Brian and Junie is unsure ...more
Susan Swiderski
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why did precocious four-year-old chatterbox Sarah Olson suddenly stop talking? Why the vacant stares and nightly bed-wetting? Her regression is threatening to tear her family apart, but the doctors don't know what's causing it. Her parents don't know, either, but her dad Brian's patience is running mighty thin, and he's beginning to think she's doing it willfully. Her mother June doesn't believe that for a minute; she's sure it has to be something medical, something the doctors haven't found yet ...more
Marilou George
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Melissa Foster has written an emotional and intricate story of a family in crisis as the past clashes with the present and rips a family off its foundation. This story is packed full of plot twists and character interactions that will draw you into their world.

Sarah Olson is a four year old girl who has suddenly gone from a lively and talkative child to a child who is now totally withdrawn and has regressed to the point that she is uncommunicative. Her parents Junie and Brian have no clue what t
Deborah Bean
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

When Junie's four year old daughter suddenly stops talking and starts regressing, she thinks this is the worse that can happen. She then receives the phone call that almost shatters her world. Her father has died. Brian, Junie's husband, is having a hard time dealing with his daughter's illness, and hates returning home because of the memory of his lost sister. Junie starts having memories of the summer her friend went missing
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Foster really out did herself in this poignant book about the unraveling of a family because of past occurrences. Junie Olson had a best friend when she was a young girl-that friend disappeared and Junie remembers nothing. She ultimately marries her friend's brother and they have a little girl who is perfectly normal in every way. Life is good. THEN-out of seemingly nowhere her little girl starts to regress and no longer speaks. Junie's father dies. Junie herself is beginning to remember ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, but in the past few months her world has slowly unraveled. Her precocious child is withdrawing, showing unexplainable signs of emotional regression, a condition that frays the bonds of Junie’s once impenetrable marriage. When her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Junie packs up her daughter and goes home to help her mother. Her homecoming stirs up memories of the nightmare she thought she had put behind her, the disappearance of her childhoo ...more
Beth Hale
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where Petals Fall is a fantastic book. I could relate to the characters; they seem so real and I learned to care for them. The story flowed flawlessly and it was an easy read. I actually started reading on my day off and had been cover to cover before the day was over. Junie's struggle to deal with the mysteries of her past and present is wonderfully written and the mystery of "why" and "what happened" kept me turning pages. (I thought I had it solved but I was wrong.) Melissa did a tremendous j ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of Where Petals Fall in return for my honest opinion. I have never read anything by Melissa Foster before, and I always love finding new authors.
I liked this book, I found it difficult in some places due to the realness of the situation that Junie was going through. Circumstances, feelings, etc. I am glad that things seemed to work themselves out.
Melissa's writing style is good, and the story just flowed. I didn't get stuck anywhere, and I didn't find myself straying.

If you lik
DJ Sakata
I received a free copy of Melissa Foster's Where Petals Fall for an honest review. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could figure out how. I enjoyed the story, it was creative and intriguing, although it took awhile for it to unfold. During the first half of the book I was growing impatient with the main character's lameness and the story got a bogged down with too much repetition of her thoughts and not dealing what she needed to do. I found her tedious as well as irresponsible, as her denial wa ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to receive this book as an Arc. I found it difficult getting into the story but once I was, I was intrigued. The story twists and turns with emotion from Junie, and your heart goes out to poor Sarah, who is deeply affected by her grandfather's inappropriate actions, which make her regress. It takes sometime to understand what is happening, and I was hoping to get Brian's POV, as I believe the readers need to know how he is feeling as his family is ripped apart. overall this is a good ...more
Danna Smith
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book could not be put down until the final page was turned. I was drawn in from page one and wanted, no needed, to know how things would turn out for Junie and her family. Melissa Foster is an author that you will not want to miss out on reading. This is not my first book by Melissa but it is now my favorite. Junie pulls you along her emotional ride and you grab hold and hang on, she becomes the heroine you want to cheer for.
Do not let this book pass you by. Buy it now!
S.L. Stacker
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This isn't normally my type of book, but I have to say that I may just be a new fan of Melissa Foster! This was excellent writing with a fantastic storyline! Loved it!
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I was very fortunate to read this as a ARC instead. of waiting for it to come out. The book is full of twists and turns that will keep you going.
Whispers From
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Junie has a four year old daughter that won’t speak. They have done dozens of tests and can’t find out what’s wrong. Then she gets a call from her mother that her dad has passed away. Her husband is an attorney and there has been a rift between them. When she goes back home for her father’s funeral, Junie starts remember when her best friend went missing. They were seven years old and Ellen was Brian’s little sister. As more memories return, Junie is afraid her father had something to do with it ...more
Cheshire Cat
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: favorite-author
This has been my least favorite of Melissa Foster's books to date, and I've read most of them. I kept wanting to quit because of the main character whom I just couldn't like. I did like the ending and am glad I kept at it but, it was only okay not the usual 5 stars I give her books.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Very solid mystery. Good characters and good suspense. Foster does a terrific job of planting red herrings through out the second half of the novel. Satisfying conclusion. Give her some more experience and Melissa Foster may well be a contender in the psychological fiction arena!
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, I can't say too much about it without giving it away. I had to keep reading and it kept drawing me further in. Great Read!
Margot Meeker
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Think it would have been more believable if the girls had been 9 or 10, not 7.
Donna Kale
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-20
Really good, sad story but great outcome!
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story. Different from all the steamy romantic novels I have read by Melissa Foster.

This book had an interesting and strong storyline with twists and turns until the plot unraveled. Very good characters.
Jess Bickerton
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE :)
Recommended to Jess by: Fiction Addiction Book Tours
Where Petals Fall is the first Melissa Foster novel I have read and I can say whole-heartedly that I am a new fan!

The story takes the reader on an enormously emotional journey as you follow Junie as she battles through her present life's struggles, whilst at the same time fighting with unanswered questions from the past. In her current life Junie is struggling with her daughter's regression and mutism, and as a result her marriage to her husband Brian seems to be growing distant and strained. As
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted to Bunny's Review

***Beware of possible spoilers, sorry*** ***I received an ARC of this book***

I started and finished this book in about 3 hours. First, the cover is perfect. I love the little girl with a flower. I do wonder why a rose was not used but that is my preference.

Sarah is in regression from what no one knows. While reading this a million and one thoughts went through my head about what trauma Sarah experienced. As a parent we always worry about our child and as they
Sorcha O'Dowd
5 stars! What an amazing book! Full review to follow.

Edit. Full Review.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Well wow! I had to take a quick second to think hard about whether to request an arc for 'Where Petals Fall' as I have a lot of other books to read and review, mostly in the romance genre, but I knew after reading (and loving) Melissa Foster's 'Snow Sisters' Trilogy that I just had to read this one too.

I'm one of those readers who generally needs to have romance
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: Where Petals Fall
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication Date: 15th November 2013

On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she always dreamed of opening. But in the past few months her world has slowly unraveled. Her precocious child is withdrawing, show
Crystal Martin
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with an ARC copy as a member of Beck Valley Book Tours. All opinions are strictly my own.

Possible spoilers but I don't think I gave too much away.

After reading Melissa Foster's "Love In Bloom" Series, I wasn't sure what to expect from Where Petals Fall. But I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. Melissa is a wonderful author and I was really excited to read a novel by her that wasn't romance. Although, the Love In Bloom series is fantastic, I really wanted to see what she could
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Junie was seven years old, her best friend Ellen went missing. Years later, Junie is happily married to Ellen’s older Brother, Brian and they have a young daughter, Sarah. Junie has opened the bakery she always dreamt of and her life has been going swimmingly. Suddenly, four year old Sarah begins to regress and withdraw leaving Junie feeling helpless, spending less time at work and watching on as the cracks appear in the foundations of her relationship with Brian.

When Junie’s Father suddenl
Kathy LaMee
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the outside Junie’s life looks almost perfect. She has a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter and is the proud owner of her own bakery. The reality though is rough. Her once perky and full of life daughter has become withdrawn and seems to be reacting to some sort of invisible emotional trauma. Her husband is in denial and their marriage starts to crack. Junie is suddenly faced with the loss of her father and she heads home to support her mother with her loss. Home for Junie, however, me ...more
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