Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: The Secret Sense of Wildflower


There are two things I am afraid of. One is dying young. The other is Johnny Monroe. 
- p. 1, The Secret Sense of Wildflower by Susan Gabriel

For Friday 56:
"Come by here when you're ready to go back," Daniel says. "Johnny Monroe won't do anything while I'm around."
- p. 56, The Secret Sense of Wildflower by Susan Gabriel

Who is this Johnny Monroe? Be on the watch for the giveaway of this one next week!

Synopsis: Set in 1940s Appalachia, The Secret Sense of Wildflower tells the story of Louisa May "Wildflower" McAllister whose life has been shaped around the recent death of her beloved father in a sawmill accident. While her mother hardens in her grief, Wildflower and her three sisters must cope with their loss themselves, as well as with the demands of daily survival. Despite these hardships, Wildflower has a resilience that is forged with humor, a love of the land, and an endless supply of questions to God. When Johnny Monroe, the town's teenage ne'er-do-well, sets his sights on Wildflower, she must draw on the strength of her relations, both living and dead, to deal with his threat.

With prose as lush and colorful as the American South, The Secret Sense of Wildflower is powerful and poignant, brimming with energy and angst, humor and hope. In its ability to create a truly original Southern voice, The Secret Sense of Wildflower establishes Gabriel as a thoughtful and powerful Southern writer. 
I'm looking forward to find out what you're reading! Happy Friday!


15 comments:

  1. Does she fear him physically hurting her, or emotionally?

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    1. i have no idea! i just so happened that both quotes have him in it! will have to wait and see!

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  2. Johnny Monroe sounds like a troublemaker.
    But like the others I'm curious as to what kind of treat he poses.

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    1. he does and i'm just as curious as you! thanks for coming over, squirrelqueen!

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  3. Yes, I'm also curious about the kind of fear she feels for him....he's obviously an imposing person. Thanks for sharing, and here's
    MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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    1. in my mind he's a big tough guy. i could be wrong ... i'm pretty sure i am ;)

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  4. "Johnny Monroe" sounds like a tough guy's name.

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  5. Why do I get the feeling that Johnny Monroe and dying go together pretty well? And I agree with Tea, that sounds like a bad boy name! I do really like the cover though! I added you on Goodreads btw :) Thanks fir sharing!
    My FF Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. sounds scary put together! thanks for adding me on GR - of course i accepted!

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  6. Interesting cover, and I am curious about this story.
    Here's my Friday 56.

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    1. you me both. i'll post the giveaway soon!

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  7. Great beginning! Wonder who is Johnny Monroe and why she is afraid of him?

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