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Book Review: Where Petals Fall

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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 Thoughts on Where Petals Fall

As a mother, this book pulled me in from page one, where Junie grapples with concern over her daughter’s unexplained regression. As the story unfolds and memories of a shocking family secret start to surface, the reader anguishes alongside Junie as she struggles to make sense of the pieces. As a mystery, this book will keep you enthralled. As a love story, it is a poignant reflection on the harsh realities of marriage. Happily ever after is not riding off into the sunset with Prince Charming, instead it is a complex, intertwining of two lives that requires honesty, compassion, and commitment.  Both Junie, in her relationship with her husband, and Ruth (Junie’s mother) in her relationship with Junie’s father, teach valuable lessons about how one navigates the gray area of marriage since not all of life’s problems can be identified as black-and-white.

Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5. I love books that pull the reader in and take them on a journey and this is one of those books.


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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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20 thoughts on “Book Review: Where Petals Fall”

  1. I really like its honest portrayal of marriage, and I appreciate the way you described it in your review. It sounds worth a read most definitely.

  2. I’m a “read the first chapter read the last chapter” person (no, it doesn’t ruin a book for me) and I can see me definitely doing it with this one.

    Sounds like a good read.

  3. Sounds like a real page turner. As a mom, I’m nervous about reading about how the child withdraws, and the feature character sounds as though she lived through the death of a childhood friend or sibling. Sounds very sad.

  4. As the mom of 2 amazing boys I think I would be like you an easily able to enjoy this book! It sounds like an amazing read and I”m adding it to my TBR pile 🙂

  5. I don’t always take the time to read, but I really think I could get in to this book. I love the suspense and would love to know what the family secret it!

  6. I’m so glad you could identify with Junie as a mother, and enjoyed the book so much. What a great review! Thank you for posting on your cute blog! Have an awesome weekend with your family XOXO

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Melissa! It’s a true honor. I really did love the book (though my poor husband suffered a little when I was busy ranting about Brian).

      • I love that you did that with your hubby. Mine suffers through the same sort of thing. But his response is always, “You created him!” lol


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