The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Brown

The Lilac Bouquet.

Carolyn Brown’s Newest Heartwarming Release!

The Lilac Bouquet is a compelling story about friendship, secrets, and forgiveness.

Seth Thomas was an ornery eighty-two-year-old recluse, recovering from a broken hip. He was not happy to discover that his sister had hired an assistant to help him. Everyone counseled Emmy Jo against taking the job at the Thomas’s mansion. But Emmy Jo wasn’t listening. She had a fancy wedding to pay for. Emmy Jo’s great-grandmother, Tandy, was livid when she heard that Emmy Jo was considering the assistant position. She even threatened to lock Emmy Jo out of her trailer if she accepted the job.

What Emmy Jo discovered while working at the Thomas’s mansion was that Seth was just a crotchety old man with OCD who didn’t want his privacy violated. He was not the evil, strange man that everyone was painting him out to be. Although Seth tried not to show his feelings, he liked Emmy Jo. She was sassy and outspoken, just like the woman he once loved.

Emmy Jo was determined to discover why the three oldest people in town, including her great-grandmother, and Seth, were feuding against one another. Seth began to reveal the secrets to Emmy Jo, of how the town shunned his family and mistreated his mother. Emmy Jo became close to Seth and witnessed the man come alive, and live for the first time in his life. She saw just how powerful love, trust, and forgiveness could be.

This story touches on several mature themes such as rape, prostitution, bullying and depression. The topics, however, are written, without being graphic. I found The Lilac Bouquet to be inspirational, heartfelt and moving. I loved it.

Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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