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Bed of Flowers

(Sweetness and Light #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Bonny Reed is beautiful, inside and out.

A loyal friend and loving daughter, she's newly engaged to her small town's most eligible bachelor. She's happy for herself--but mostly for her family, who need the security her marriage will bring.

An old enemy shatters her illusions.

First Baron Loel cost Bonny's family her fortune. Now he's insisting that her fiancé has hidden flaws
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Little Phrase
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Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is just a fantastic book. I loved every second of it. I honestly did not want to put my kindle down once.

Bonny Reed grew up wealthy, as her father owned many warehouses down by the dock in their town of New Quay, just south of Liverpool. But when a fire breaks out, it destroys the Reed's future. Their name is still in good standing, and they keep their fancy  house, but there isn't much left inside of it. This book starts eight years after this fire. Bonny, the eldest daughter, needs to mar
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new Erin Satie HR is a true cause for celebration. This is her fifth HR and the first of her latest series, Sweetness and Light. It is, Satie tells us, inspired by Beauty and the Beast. That would not have occurred to dense me while reading the book, but now in retrospect I can see the subtle use of the theme.

Once upon a time in Victorian England there was a charming seaside village called New Quay. This town had three great and influential families: (1) The Loels ( a baron and his family), wh
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: victorian
I really enjoyed Erin Satie’s previous series No Better Angels, specially the last installment The Young Blood. So, maybe my expectations are to blame but her newest novel turned out to be just an average read for me.

The concept was definitely an interesting one: echoes of Beauty and the Beast theme combining with an interesting world of growers and collectors of orchids.
The execution though was uneven with some beautiful passages intermingled with plot holes and the heroine’s characterization
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The past looks rosy because ignorance is bliss—but that’s the only bliss you would have known, and it wouldn’t have lasted long. It’s better to know the truth.

I've been waiting for this series, and let me tell you, the first book didn't disappoint. It's a take on Beauty and the Beast. Well, sort of. The connection to the tale is undeniable, but there's no literal beast here. No one turns back into a prince. It is, instead, a great historical romance set in the 1850s. There's a little bit of high
Maria Rose
Bed of Flowers by Erin Satie is an evocative and sensual historical romance, the first in the Sweetness and Light series. It’s the story of two people who through accident and misfortune end up together, discovering that sometimes things that go wrong can turn out right in the end.

When an accidental fire caused immense damage to a small town and its residents, there were a number of people who suffered as a result. The young man at fault, 18 year old Orson Loel, became a pariah to his parents an
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, victorian
Victorian England. Stopped @ 62%.

I'm unclear if I'm choosing average or less books (not
intentional), or the stories are uneven or I just want
something to spark my interest? Or having read
thousands of HR books the stories start to blend

Bonny discovered that her wealthy intended Charles
fathered a 'natural child.' He didn't financially support
this child or connect this boy to stability or a future
trade. He blamed the servant for enticing him-natch.
Her parents calmly received this
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
One of the finest Beauty and the Beast retellings I've read so far.

Even though both protagonists could've easily fallen into the "so good they're boring", they're not. They have flaws and there's a learning curve to their wary and later tender relationship that felt very grounded and just real. I believed it. I believed in them and knowing there's a HEA, didn't lessen my enjoyment one bit.

The writing style goes down like chocolate, Erin Satie certainly knows how to write including pacing, charac
Leigh Kramer
This was a serviceable historical romance. The story was strongest when dealing with anything orchid-related, from Bonnie learning about their care to the way Loel built his business from the ground up. Orchids have appeared in other historical romances I've read but this was the first time I felt like I learned about their form and function and the role they played for the wealthy. It was fascinating and I only wanted more.

Satie is a great writer. There was some gorgeous prose. Bonnie and her b
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june-2018
4.5 Stars

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review***

I've been looking into period romances for a while and when I had the chance to review this Victorian romance, I had to take it! I'm so glad I did! Sadly, I would never have heard of this book had it not been for the publisher reaching out to me and I hate that! This is such a good book that I wish it was known more!

The author said that this story has some beauty and the beast feels and it really does! The love interes
3.5 stars. This is my second book by this author and until around the 50% mark, I thought it was going to be a five star read. Then things started unraveling a bit for me. At that point, the heroine, Bonny, abruptly took off for London with her BFF Cordelia. There she met two other young women, Tess and Olympia, who I can only imagine were introduced because they too will have their own stories one day. I was more interested in the story when it centered on Bonny and Lord Loel, the hero. Bonny d ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bonnie Reed's family's fortunes changed the day a fire destroyed the warehouses round her small town's port. Her father owned several of them, and even though they didn't end up in the streets, it's been a steep comedown. Whereas they were one of the richest families in town, they are now living in what can best be described as genteel poverty. Before the fire, Bonnie's prospects were very high. She's beautiful, and with a nice dowry she would have expected a great marriage. These days, she's be ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through a blog tour by ANovelTakePR in exchange for an honest review***

Who doesn't love a good Historical Romance with one of my favorite tropes - enemies to lovers? I mean heck, I will give it any time or day just for the swoonage. This was definitely a great dynamic, once I got started I couldn't put my tablet down, I HAD to know where the romance was going to lead.... I needed answers! 

The main characters were perfection. There. I admitted it. 

Loel is a ma
Viper Spaulding
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is one of the best Victorian romances I've ever read. It has a deep, multi-layered plot filled with unique and interesting characters, yet it doesn't take the easy way out or quick fix approach to solving life's very realistic problems.

Lord Orson Loel is an unusual hero in that he's the town pariah as the result of an accident from his youth. Bonny is the eldest daughter of the family hurt the most by the accident, so her initial feelings towards him feel entirely reasonable. But as
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am kind of obsessed with this book and how beautiful it is. It's got gorgeous writing, a unique setting (most of the book happens in an orchid greenhouse), fascinating and complex characters, casual but plentiful diversity, and a surprisingly compelling story about trying to bring a plant back to life. There's also a climactic scene that just had me absolutely spellbound and on the edge of my seat with how high the stakes were for both of the protagonists in so many ways.

This was one of my fav
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Truly a beautiful book. I can't wait for Cordelia's story! ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erin Satie is a new-to-me author, and I am so excited that I found her because I absolutely loved Bed of Flowers.

On the surface, the book is about the relationship between an unsuitable pair but by no means is it a fluffy bonnet drama. Instead, what we get is a thoughtful, insightful and perceptive book filled with some really interesting characters as well as a narrative that brings to life the restrictions and limitations of living in these early Victorian times.

I loved both the main character
Mari  Cardenas
4 Stars!

Bed of Flowers is book 1 in the Sweetness & Light series, but make no mistake, this book isn't all sweetness and light, as a matter of fact, it shows us the not-so-pretty side of the people Lord Joel and Bonny deal with.

I liked Lord Joel very much. He was nice and tried to do his best to make amends for the accident that made Bonny's family lose most of their money. It took me a good while to warm up to Bonny, though. I found her vapid and if I had to read one more time how exceptionall
Lauren loves llamas
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I’m not sure what it is about me reading relevant books lately (maybe it’s just my frame of mind), but this is a timely lesson about doing what’s right versus doing what’s socially acceptable, about making mistakes and redemption, and, as Dumbledore puts it, “the choice between what is right and what is easy.” We’ve also got a fire, orchids, an African princess, an eccentric heiress, a lending library, caviar, and a mu
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The Young Blood was my favourite historical romance in 2016 and I've re-read it once since then. To have similar expectations from Bed of Flowers was really unreasonable of you, Jo! Serves you right that it didn't live up. It wasn't even as bad as you've been making it out to be. In fact, the first half was some of the best in historical romance writing that you've read, wasn't it? So what if the second half started going all over the place with random characters getting screen time, the main pl ...more
I absolutely loved the couple in The Young Blood, which was weird because the spinster/rake trope is not my jam. So I thought this would be a winner too - bookish Pretty in Pink type and the misunderstood botanist/recluse who loves her. But sadly I didn't like these two at all, or the horrible townsfolk, or the sassy rich friends that seemed shoehorned in for series bait. ...more
Caitlyn E. Lloyd
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read so many Historical Romances that they all start to blur together into the best kind of serial escapism one can ask for. But, every once-in-a-while, I read one that jolts me out of my salacious scandal stupor, and it makes me notice it. Bed of Flowers was one such book.

I don't think it is officially advertised as such but I considered this book a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. Once I had this theory, I couldn't get rid of the notion. There's a man who made a mistake as a young
Katrin Davidson
When I read Erin Saties novels I'm always blown away by how "real" the characters, setting and plotting is.
I loved this so much I stayed up way too late to finish it as well as devouring it at the gym, reading on the stair machine is a new one for me.

A few points:
+I loved how this was set in Liverpool. It is so refreshing to see a novel outside London within this era.
+Spin on the beauty and beast trope. I got this theme throughout with Bonny being a real beauty, Not just skin deep nor was she s
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Erin Satie and OMG! This story shows love can survive anything that is thrown at in its path. Both of them will pull at your heart with heartbreaking stories and how they find each other in a cruel world. I was hooked from the start with her work and how she and her friend were. You will go through many emotions with how people treat them and following their story until the end. That spark between them just got stronger as time went on and they could take on anything. Th ...more
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
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Oh this was lovely and a very welcome respite after a series of pretty underwhelming novels since the beginning of the year. This was in turn quite romantic and heart-breaking. The developing relationship between Bonny and Loel was superbly done, although his wariness of her character was a little frustrating. She's beautiful, so she must always be hiding something? I didn't understand his anger several times, but in the end he was always a good man. They matched so well.

What surprised me most w
Mary Kate
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok this was a good story but I felt like it left A LOT of loose ends. Like whatever happened to Charles Gavin? I thought for sure he would play a stronger villian. Like he goes and beats on Loel with his cronies for speaking to Bonny but then Bonny betrays him, calls off their engagement and... Nothing? He just disappears into the ether? I thought for sure he'd kick up some mischief while Loel sold the painting in London and Bonny was alone at the house but nothing.

It also annoyed me that Bonny

A lot happened in this book.  The hero, Loel, accidentally set a fire that destroyed part of the town.  After failed attempts at reconciliation, he went off to sea.  Things didn't go well for him there either.  He ended up coming back to town after his parents' death.  Everyone in town still shuns him and gossips about him.

Bonny is the daughter of a merchant whose business was ruined in the fire.  She encounters Loel when she goes to ask him to lend some of his family's books to her lending lib
Tanja OMGReads
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omgreads
Such a good story about suffering and how one mistake can turn into something beautiful.

I loved Lord Loel and how even though what happened to him as a young man he's still strong and is doing everything that he can in order to survive. I love his words when he described how beautiful she was; '"If you wanted a husband who would prostrate at your feet and warships you, you would have no trouble finding one. If you demanded this of him every day of Your married life, he would still get down on
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a different read compared to other romances. It was much sadder at times and did not have that HEA convenience and ease, guess in a way it makes it more realistic. (I am sure people are lining up to complain about the language and the hint of modernity there but I personally did not mind it that much.

There were at times I was genuinely lost (view spoiler)
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