Dec 3, 2013

Book Tour, Review and Giveaway - Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster


On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she'd 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 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 childhood friend, Ellen. Haunted by recurring memories of what happened on that fateful day, Junie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the secrets surrounding her missing friend, and the trauma that has caused her little girl to climb back into herself. As the pieces come together on the event that shook her small town, and at the risk of losing everyone she loves, Junie will question everything she thought she could rely on and everyone she thought she knew.

WHERE PETALS FALL is a gripping and emotional novel with an undercurrent of suspense, featuring a determined mother whose world slowly comes apart around her. Readers will root for Junie as they follow her transition into an indomitable heroine who must reconcile what she discovers about her husband and family’s tragic past, and find a way to put the pieces of her family back together and carry on.

My Review

I received an ARC as an ebook, in exchange for an honest review.

I have been following what reviewers are saying about Melissa Foster's books for a while, so I was intrigued when this opportunity came up. I'm so glad that I decided to give her book a go, as I had been quite busy and worried whether I could fit it in.

Where Petals Fall is a beautifully written mystery that took my emotions for a whirlwind ride. It drew me in, right from the beginning and kept me eager to continue the journey.
In the space of a few days my emotions ran the whole gamut from intrigue, excitement, anxiety and fear, to love, joy and sadness.

I fell in love with Junie and her little family and I wanted everything to work out for them. Especially her dear little girl, Sarah.

Foster captures the essence of the human condition: That life is messy and complicated and we don't have all the answers. Her portrayal of a parent's varying emotions when your child has any setbacks or delay, was honest and felt real and true to my own experiences when my children were small.

I particularly enjoyed the moral dilemmas which situated the novel clearly in the reader's lap, so they could respond to the story. We don't really get told what to think or feel, we have to figure it out for ourselves. Foster doesn't lecture us about life, she asks us to think about it and this appealed to me very much.

I recommend this book as an easy to read story that will feel at once familiar and foreign as you try to imagine what you would do if you were Junie. Would you take the same steps she took? Would you question your own sanity? How would you prioritize all that was happening around you?

You may question how much you really know about those around you.

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About the Author
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.



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  1. So pleased you were tempting to read one of the authors books and thoroughly enjoyed it, loved your review xx

  2. What a well thought out review! Thank you so much for your kind words - I'm humbled. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and found time to read it. XOXO

  3. OOOh sounds very interesting and right up my alley :)

  4. OOOH sounds very interesting and right up my alley :)


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