The Way is magically written and transported me to the time of Jesus and combines spirituality, myth, history, and fantasy into a story about the Messiah that is sure to be deeply discussed in book clubs, living rooms, and café's worldwide. Controversial? Yes. Written from the heart to spread love? Absolutely. If you enjoyed Og Mandino's The Christ Commission or Kathleen McGowan's novels like The Expected One. You're sure to find yourself transported by Kristen's debut novel.
I only resecently discovered Diane Chamberlain when I picked up a copy of The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes. It was a good story with solid characters. My girlfreind passed on a well worn copy of Secrets She Left Behind and I was up way too late turning the pages—transported to an island off North Carolina where tradgedy has befallen the community. I was captivated by the way Diane told this story from four alternating viewpoints. There is a prequel (which I discovered afterwards) but it's meant to stand alone, maybe she'll consider making it into a trilogy.
The characters and plot are so complex and well delivered that it seems impossible this is Vanessa's first published novel. The Language of Flowers is a story of forgiveness, redemption, mother daughter relationships, and a unique and fascinating communication style: the meaning and definition behind a simple bloom. Oh dear reader, you will be transported by the sights and smells on these pages and you'll think lovingly of Victoria Jones whenever you see a bouquet of flowers and wonder if the giver and receiver know what's being said. Remarkable debut novel! Not a coincidence I chose bougainvillea to include in the photo above. ;)