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He Stole the Work She Loved.
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?

It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman-
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Published January 6th 2015 by Bethany House Publishers (first published December 31st 2014)
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a good thing I read this book at home and not out in public, because I am quite certain that I spent much of the time smiling and laughing my way through the pages, and therefore likely looked as if I'd taken leave of my senses! However, I simply couldn't help myself, as Charlotte Withersby is truly one of the most entertaining characters to come along in some time. Her lack of social awareness and her naive perspective on life had me in stitches - not to mention the witty dialogue that too ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“He Stole the Work She Loved. Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?
It’s all her uncle’s fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she’s reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte’s future—the only proper future for a woman—is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.
Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte beli
Siri Mitchell is an amazing writer. I've loved most of her books because they capture a time in history and interesting professions.
This book was funny. I needed this laugh.
It also made me want to reread those books on botany that I loved when I was in school.
{4.5 stars}

Oh, what a lark!

I don't read as quickly as I used to anymore...perhaps I'm to blame, or it's the disappointing books I keep picking up. But, in this case, I started it and devoured it in about 13 hours (probably would have been quicker if I didn't need my sleep).

I was delighted and exasperated by Charlotte's character. She has no desire to get married, and only takes up the challenge by her uncle because she truly must rid the house of Mr. Timble and his meddling ways in helping her
Quirky, witty and altogether fun! :)

Charlotte Withersby’s dearest wish is to study her beloved blooms as a botanist. She wants to be left alone by her uncle, society and most certainly by her father’s new assistant, an interloper named Mr. Trimble. In a time when women’s views and expertise in botany are not given credence, Charlotte must rely upon the name of her father, a well-known botanist, to publish her own work. When her uncle and father insist that she take on society to snare a husband,
4.5 stars
A lightheartedly serious tale of a young woman who suddenly has normalcy ripped out from under her feet. For eight years she's devoted her life to helping her father with his botany, his correspondence, and keeping a roof over their heads. But when her uncle mentions that it's time for her to marry, her father abruptly hires a young acqauintance who happens along at the right/wrong do Charlotte's work!...and then sends Charlotte out to find a man in society.
Only, Charlotte h
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
4.5 stars! Delightful and entertaining!

I am not one to typically be impressed by a light read. I want depth and learning when I read. Siri has managed to deliver both lightness and depth at once with Like a Flower in Bloom. I adored the dry humor used throughout the novel as well as the many educational insertions about plants. I found myself smiling and laughing as I read. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

A huge thank you to Relz Reviews and Bethany House for the novel. It was a pleasure to be a win
Carissa (Regency Woman)
1852, England. Charlotte Withersby cannot believe her ears. Is it possible that her uncle really intends for her to join society? To find a husband, settle down, and give up her beloved study of botany? It seems too cruel to be true except that her father also agrees with him, to the point that he has hired a young man to take her place at his side. Having lost her mother at an early age and also been cloistered away from society for so many years, Charlotte lacks tact and societal graces. Howev ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a good historical romantic comedy! Very well done. I was very surprised and intrigued! I never knew botany could be so interesting. ;)

~My Review~

When I first saw his book, I was amazed at how bright and vibrant the book cover was! I was also amazed at how much I really enjoyed reading this story. It was very captivating and very well written.

I do so love reading about extraordinary women who defeated the odds. There were many women who didn't want to conform to the "norm" but were willing t
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh mercy, but I've been wrestling over how to review this book because it's sooooooo good I'm sure I can't convey it in all it's wonderfulness with mere words. You need to see my grinning face and happy dancing feet and feed off my enthusiastic aura in order to get the full effect Like a Flower in Bloom had on me.

Hysterically funny. Honestly, I chortled and chuckled my way through the whole book. Sometimes I even had to stop and let loose with a hearty guffaw before I could continue reading. Th
The audiobook for this was great, and the narration of Elizabeth Sastre was absolutely fabulous, so I'm writing this entire review with a British accent in mind. The main character Charlotte was very eccentric and I loved the passion she had for both her dad and her plants. Plus her naivety at social conventions made me laugh out loud.

And honestly, this book was really different. I mean, I've never read a historical novel where the main character is such an accomplished botanist and scientist.
Debora Wilder
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A delightful “fish out of water” novel!

I absolutely love the characters that Siri has created for this novel. When she introduces Charlotte it is very easy to understand who she is and what her focus for her life is. Then we are introduced to her uncle and her whole existence is turned upside down. The journey she embarks on to try and learn all that she feels is now expected of her is a joy to go on with her. There are multiple times throughout the book that I found myself laughing outright.

Diane Estrella
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best book written by the author to date. Loved it!
Anne Osterlund
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte takes care of her father. She is a botanist in her own right, helps him with his work, pays the bills, files all his records—in alphabetical piles around the house, and even—once a year—has been known to dust.

Then thanks to a meddling uncle, her farther realizes she is well past the age for a typical coming out and decides all at once that Charlotte must stop working and find a husband.

Balderdash! Of all the dreadful ideas!

And to top it off, young Edward Trimble—her father’s long dista
Prairie Sky Book Reviews
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nearly everyone can admit to an admiration of the color, mystery, and sheer imaginative variety of one of the most beautiful and smile-inducing elements of our world… Flowers! Not everyone, however, possesses the passion and enthusiasm for botany that Charlotte Withersby does – in fact, her entire life revolves around researching, documenting and collecting flowers. Just who is Charlotte Withersby, you may ask? She is the delightfully unorthodox heroine of a new Bethany House historical novel, b ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ok, this book doesn't really deserve two stars but for me, at least in terms of enjoyability, it did.

First of all, I got increasingly mad at the doormat attitude of the heroine and the way the men around her took advantage of her. At the end, everything was resolved and apologies were given and accepted (fortunately) but I got mad at the book for making me mad. So essentially, I was angry at the book for making me emotionally invested in it. Does my logic make sense to you? No? It doesn't to me
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte’s life is happy. She wants for nothing when you open this book, but in the first chapter, I was intrigued. Her uncle’s description of Charlotte caused me to laugh. “You’re a handsome girl, Charlotte. Sturdy. Sound. Snugly put together. It shouldn’t be too difficult to launch you.”

This paragraph will give you an idea of the humor and characters you will be reading in this hilarious novel. The romance is light, like light enough that a family that chooses not to read any books with roman
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I have read several of Siri Mitchell's books, and I have to say, I love how well-researched her historical fiction is! "Like A Flower In Bloom" was no exception. This book follows the story of Charlotte Withersby, a young lady who aspires to be a botanist, as her uncle and father decide it is time for her to put botany aside and find a husband. Mr Trimble takes over as botany assistant to her father, and she soon concocts a plan, along with a new friend, to get rid of Mr. Trimble.

This book was s
Delightfully charming and a glimpse into a world traversed by so few in the writing world. I found it quite enjoyable in so many ways. The plot was intriguing and mysterious, the characters uniquely fun, and the main character Charlotte a bundle of laughs as she tries to learn about proper ettiquiette and how to be a lady in society. I love Charlotte's tomboy-introvert charms and say-it-as-it-truly-is personality. The male main character was a fun twist of Darcy/ and inferiatingly m ...more
To be honest a book about botanist, well I just wasn't sure... But I am a big Siri Mitchell fan, so I had to get it. And am I ever so glad I did! I loved this novel. From the beginning I was captured by the characters and the story. Charlotte, was absolutely delightful! Her complete honesty, unknown trespasses against society codes/standards, all made for a highly entertaining read. While I was not laughing out loud, I found this to be a quiet humorous story. In truth, I felt as if I could pictu ...more
Anna Hurtt
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! Charlotte, the main character, is such a hoot. An eccentric botanist released into the wilds of high society. What could go wrong? This was such a fun read. I was swept up in the story completely. The last few chapters gave me the warm fuzzies. All the other characters are wonderful, too... Very deep, multi-faceted, and unique. This is probably the best Regency that I've ever read. :)

5 stars for a brilliant story that kept me up too late! If you enjoy Regency-era,
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The quirky characters in this book, and certain other elements, reminded me of The Importance of Being Earnest. So much fun! It gets very close to being either satirical or caricature-like without quite going there.

I was also reminded of My Fair Lady as I was reading. The MC's complete social ineptitude (really, her ineptitude for anything but botany related issues) and her complete unawareness of that ineptitude come across as charming, and they help create a vulnerability that later softens h
Jenn Sands
This book was a real delight. I listened to it as an audiobook and was totally drawn in by the characters and story.
James Pate
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Withersby lives with her father and her cranky housekeeper in nineteenth century England. Her father is a botanist, and Charlotte collects samples for him, writes and illustrates his books for him, and takes care of his bills and his correspondence. She loves her work, even though, sadly, she does not get any credit for it. Her uncle, an admiral who left botany to sail in the Opium Wars, thinks it is time for Charlotte to get married. Edward Trimble arrives to perform Charlotte’s daily ...more
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
Some of my favorite historical fiction are books that have “unique” plots, so I thought I’d enjoy Like a Flower in Bloom. I absolutely loved this book –I can’t believe I haven’t read more of Siri Mitchell’s work! But even if you aren’t interested in botany, Charlotte is a feisty heroine and her quick witted retorts and banter with her rival will have you smiling (and/or chortling) throughout the novel!

The dialogue is snappy and sassy in all the right ways! I called this book my “Best Wittiest-Ba
Erin H. (ITIO Book Reviews)
Actual rating: 2.5

A huge thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Siri Mitchell for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I have a secret penchant for books about botany-loving protagonists. Now that I’ve told you, it’s not much of a secret anymore. It’s all good. I’ve never read one of Mitchell’s novels, but I wasn’t impressed with this one.

Sheltered, intelligent Charlotte Withersby assists her father in picking and classifying different plants for his wor
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been many months since I picked up a Siri Mitchell book to read. I hadn't planned on reading another of her books for a while but I couldn't resist reading “Like a Flower in Bloom” when I saw it on the library shelf the other day. I didn't expect to like this one very much when it first came out last year but I added it to my “to read” list anyway. I've never really had a huge interest in botany, though I do love flowers, but something just grabbed my attention and I knew I absolutely had t ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Like a Flower in Bloom
Author: Siri Mitchell
Pages: 368
Year: 2015
Publisher: Bethany
Siri Mitchell shares with us a very unique tale about botanists, expectations of women during the Victorian era and finding one’s purpose. Those few topics alone create a story which at times was really fun to read and other times caused me to imagine myself living during that era in England. Today women enjoy the freedom to choose from many options and open doors where they blossom. In the novel, Charlotte d
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charlotte wants to continue working for her botanist father, but he has other plans for her future. Will she find a way to follow her heart and fulfill society's expectations?

4.5 stars.
Siri Mitchell's newest book Like a Flower in Bloom completely surprised and delighted me with its wit and humor! Charlotte completely refreshed me with her literal and blunt way of speaking things, and in a way convicted me of the many times that I have deceived people into believing that I think a certain thing
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I always (with one exception) love Siri Mitchell's books. Her research is thorough, the characters are believable and completely fit in with their historical setting, the stories are original, and the lessons learned are memorable. For all those reasons, I couldn't wait to start reading her latest, "Like a Flower in Bloom" and it didn't disappoint.
Charlotte Withersby has been helping her father with her botany work as long as she can remember. After the death of her mother, Charlotte took over t
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Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

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“I curtsied. 'Thank you, Mr. Stansbury. And I apologize for my lack of grace.'
He bowed. 'Never apologize for being courageous, Miss Withersby.”
“There comes a time when even the thing you love betrays have to know when it's time to give it up, I suppose. Doesn't mean you love it any less, of course. Just means it's time to move on. When you can't agree with the decisions that bind you, then you have to take your talents elsewhere.” 2 likes
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