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Secrets and half-truths. These litter Renia Baranczka’s past, but the city of Paris has offered an escape and the refuge of a dream job. The specialty plant shop buzzes with activity and has brought her to a new friend, Alain. His presence buffers the guilt that keeps her up at night, dwelling on the endless replays of what happened to her sister.

All too suddenly, the City
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Paperback, 278 pages
Expected publication: June 18th 2019 by Magnolia Press
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Timothy Hohn
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paris, people, plants, passion—irresistible! Le Sanctuaire, an alluring botanical boutique in the Parisian literary and shopping mecca of Saint Germaine des Pres, has a secret carefully guarded and nurtured by its caring and conflicted manager, Renia. Renia’s past and present conspire to expose her secret, tempt her frailties, and threaten her family, friends, and once idyllic Parisian life in this well-crafted novel. Check it out!
Angela Gyurko
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Saturday afternoon. A busy day. I'll read for a bit, then go to bed early.

This plan would have worked had I been reading something other than Hugg's novel. The poisonous plant was a great hook, but the pile of mysteries, elegantly foreshadowed by Alain's landlord, kept me reading long past my bedtime.

Hugg unfolds the layers in an even, measured pace, giving the reader time to relax into Paris’s charm while she lifts the cover to show the dark underbelly that could be any large city: the immigra
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Ann
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of The Forgetting Flower. I am a memoirist whose mother died of young-onset dementia, which means I'm a bit obsessed with everything having to do with memory, so the notion of a literary thriller centered on a rare plant whose flowers can erase a person's memory was intriguing to me. The Forgetting Flower does not disappoint. Author Karen Hugg is also a master gardener and knows Paris and Poland well; both are important to the story, which revolves arou ...more
EH
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun read set in Paris. It’s a thriller from the first pages when a body is discovered but it’s more layered than a straight mystery/thriller with questions about the plant’s origins, issues of memory and morality, and an interesting back story about Renia’s sister. As the action builds in the present, the questions about the past are answered until both stories come together for a satisfying end.

It definitely held my attention and the premise is original. I’ve never read a novel where a plant
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Karen Hugg writes literary mysteries and thrillers inspired by plants. Her stories are set in worlds where plants, real or imagined, affect people in strange new ways. Her background is in horticulture and her passion is living green things. Her aim is to entertain and inspire readers, to get them thinking while their hearts are pounding.

She's a certified ornamental horticulturalist and Master Pr
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