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The Flower Girls Paperback – May 17, 2014
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-Lisa Verge Higgins, author of RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
"Alternating between identical twin narrators with tragic secrets between them, Wendy Paine Miller's THE FLOWER GIRLS examines what it means to recognize -- or not recognize -- ourselves in others. It's a moving contemporary tale of blame, jealousy, longing, and how old scars can finally mend." -Susan Schoenberger, award-winning author of A WATERSHED YEAR
"Deftly told and beautifully written, THE FLOWER GIRLS is a story about the bonds of sisterhood, the power of forgiveness, and the pain and the freedom that comes with letting go. Add in some long-buried secrets, intriguing family lore, a splash of romance and readers are in for a real treat!" -Katie Ganshert, award-winning author of A BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
"An expertly woven tale of drama, suspense and romance, THE FLOWER GIRLS is, at its core, a deeply moving story about the intricacies of sisterhood, the unshakable bonds of family loyalty and the power of forgiveness, healing and above all, love. Thanks to Wendy Paine Miller's gift for creating compelling and intriguing characters, you'll find yourself pondering her two narrators - twins Daisy and Poppy - as well as your own familial relationships - long after you turn the last page of this riveting read."
-Michelle DeRusha, author of SPIRITUAL MISFIT: A MEMOIR OF UNEASY FAITH
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 17, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 476 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1499514085
- ISBN-13 : 978-1499514087
- Item Weight : 1.53 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.08 x 8.5 inches
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The New England setting wrapped me up, and the tone reminded me of a gentle but persistent rain--relentless, yet nourishing. Wendy Miller is a master of subtle revelations. At first Poppy seems the stronger of the two twins, but as the story develops, you see the core strength of Daisy, and how courageous she is in light of her disability. Also, anyone with siblings will relate to the intricacies of their relationship!
I highly recommend this book! It's a perfect summer read, and the characters will stay with you long after The End!
This book weaves a tale around sisterhood and twinship. The book takes turns alternating each twin's voice, and so we really get to see their relationship from both vantage points.
I'd never heard of face blindness disorder until I read this book. I struggled with seeing a person yet not seeing their face through Daisy's eyes. It required great leaps of imagination on my part to really understand this character and her disability. Because it is a disability that's hard to explain, you can imagine the feelings her sister had. Was it real? Is it my fault? Am I obligated to help her all my life?
You'll have to read this book to find the answers to these questions and see how the sisters navigate their tenuous yet caring relationship.
This was a great beach read.
The twins in this story, Poppy and Daisy, are multi-faceted women who aren't perfect, and I love that in a book. I love finding characters who irritate me sometimes and make me cheer for them others, because I know those novels stick with me longest. The details Miller injects, elaborating on the twins' Irish heritage, Poppy's midwifery, and Daisy's flower photography, only serve to anchor the story and make you feel these people are "real."
I took time to savor this read but as the ending approached, I couldn't do anything but stay glued to the book. After reading/loving Miller's first novella (The Disappearing Key), this novel, The Flower Girls, cemented me as a die-hard Wendy Paine Miller reader.
Reading chapters that move back and forth between each sister's point of view, I was by turns siding with either Poppy or Daisy, as they navigated the dangerous waters of family secrets, old wounds, and the unknown future.
I think anybody can relate to this familial tale, but certainly any woman with a sister will be nodding their head as they explore the unique relationship these women have as not just sisters, but as twins.
And that's just the storyline. This novel reads effortlessly with the thoughtful and descriptive prose I'm learning is the norm for author Wendy Paine Miller. The Flower Girls, her first full-length publication, is a fantastic summer read (or any time of year!) and I hope to see more from this author!!