The Funeral Flower
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.
Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James… and he won’t let her.
Even though tragedy always follows love.
This book is intended for mature audiences due to critical subject matter.Note: Due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+
This book hooked me from the beginning, it's a decently quick read, but it does handle some very tough topics which is why it is for ages 17+. Even with the included topics, it wasn't really a difficult book to get through, and it wasn't as emotional as I was honestly expecting it to be. Don't get me wrong, it was sad, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be.
I liked seeing Kelly as a younger girl, before you progress to when she is older. I think it added more to the story because you get to see why she became the person she is later on in the book, which you don't always get the chance to see.
So I'm not really a fan of James. I love protective guys in books, but James was very possessive, and I can't stand that. That was a major downfall for me in regards to this book. I just wasn't really a fan of Kelly's relationship with James.
I am a hopeless romantic (I think this is the most important thing to know about me). In addition, I live in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with my husband and high school sweetheart. Together we have a son and daughter.
Throughout my life writing and photography have been my main creative outlets. Especially when I am stressed, I know I can go to either of those things and pour out that anxiety into something good and productive.
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