This is such a wonderful book.! It is about hope, dreams, and second chances. The phenomenal cast of characters will bring you joy as they help Kara along her emotional journey.
Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
I really liked this book - I have not read the first book in the series, but will do so after reading this one as I would like to know more about Kara's life and what brought her to the Wildflower House. With that said, I wasn't lost because I hadn't read the first book - it gave enough background so I understood what was going on. My favorite aspect of the book was how the author really painted a picture of the Wildflower House and its property. It made me wish that this was a real place that I could actually go and visit! I do hope there will be another book in the series as I would love to follow the progression of the Wildflower House as Kara continues the renovations and starts to welcome guests.
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing a copy for review.
Wow! Grace Greene has outdone herself with the Wildflower House series. The characters are so well defined you want to be friends with Kara. She had me cheering all the way through the book, hoping Kara’s undertaking with Wildfire House will be a success. Don’t miss these books! I am definitely hoping there will be at least one more book in this series!! I received an advanced complimentary copy of this books. Opinions expressed in this book are completely my own
"You can't choose where you're born, but you can choose where to grow."
Wildflower Hope is the second book in The Wildflower House series by Grace Greene. I did not read the first book but now will be reading it.
This is the story of Kara's journey through hope, forgiveness, grief, friendships and personal healing.
The descriptions of the house and grounds made me feel as if I was walking through them with Kara. I was totally captivated by each room and outside area.
This was a beautifully written story.
Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.
Really enjoyed this book. It delves into Karas life following the death of her father, and the relationships with everyone around her, including herself.
Grace Green traverses what is an emotional and delicate time, well. Considering the story matter, it isn't heavy going, yet the lighter touch does not diminish all Kara is going through.
I found the way the book encapsulated the life changes immediately before her fathers death, and made the intensity of feelings a focus for Kara to hang onto; showed how grief messes with our minds and makes things bigger than they are.
Well known good advice is not to make big decisions when grieving, yet Kara does exactly that, all the while doubting and second guessing her own thoughts and actions.
Her back story comes out within the novel itself, not ready made and handed to the reader in the first three pages as is often the case in novels. That made the book all the more enjoyable, I felt I continued to get to know Kara as she discovered who she was now, and how she now viewed everything elsein light of her own grieving.
If you enjoy reading a story that develops throughout a novel, with likable, fallible people; I would highly recommend this book
When I found out that <b>Wildflower Hope</b> was the second book in The Wildflower House series I, of course, had to grab a copy of <b>Wildflower Heart</b> to read first. I empathized with Kara Lange Hart and all that she suffered: the devastation caused by her mother leaving her at age 14, learning that her husband wanted a divorce on the night of their sixth anniversary followed by a car accident resulting in his death and the loss of their unborn child, as well as the severe injuries Kara suffered in the accident. Kara had been forced to sell her marital home, enter rehab for continued physical therapy, was living with her father in Richmond VA and then learned he sold his business and was relocating to a small town and rehabbing a house. Kara and her father hadn't been in the house very long when her father suddenly dies. Now she's stuck with this house in the countryside and unsure of what to do next. Just when it seems like her life might be getting back on even keel, her burgeoning love life takes an unexpected twist, an old friend reveals a secret that Kara can't deal with, a new friend seems to want more than Kara may be able to give, and Kara's plans for the future of the Wildflower House may be a bit more than she can cope with at this point in her life. Can she move forward with so much angst and uncertainty in her life or should she simply return to the tried and true routine job from her past?
I enjoyed reading <b>Wildflower Heart</b> and <b>Wildflower Hope</b>. As previously stated, I initially empathized with all that Kara Lange Hart had to deal with in her life. This was partially due to the fact that her father seemed to have been a somewhat reserved and emotionally isolated man when Kara was young and raised Kara to be the same type of person. Unfortunately, Kara in addition to being a reserved and emotionally isolated person is one that dealt with a world that is black-and-white without any shades of gray. At times, she could be hyper-judgmental about those closest to her and somewhat prejudiced in her opinions of how people should behave or react in situations and circumstances. She apparently did this with her husband and with her best friend. It wasn't done to harm anyone, but apparently more of a defense mechanism in order to keep herself safe from being let down. I liked Kara's spunk and the zeal she put forth in working on the Wildflower House, but there were times when I didn't particularly like her and I think times she didn't particularly like herself. In many regards, I think <b>Wildflower Hope</b> can be seen as a coming-of-age story as much as it is a story of self-awareness, self-realization, friendship, love (romantic and otherwise), and hope for the future. I'm glad I got the chance to read <b>Wildflower Hope</b> and am hoping there will be more to come about The Wildflower House and Kara Lange Hart in the future.
I received a digital review copy from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Wildflower Hope is a wonderful story of family, friendship and forgiveness. This second book in the Wildflower series is full of hope. Hope for the future of Wildflower House and hope that Kara can find her true self. This book follows Wildflower Heart, and although the author did a wonderful job of catching the reader up to the first book, I do recommend reading them in order. I truly enjoyed this beautifully written book. I honestly felt as if Wildflower House was just down the road! I highly recommend Wildflower Hope. It will not disappoint! Five sparkly stars!
Wildflower Hope was a pleasure to read it deals with struggles and issues we all have felt or dealt with in our lives. Kara’s father had purchased wildflower house and she had moved in with him to heal and have a new start in their relationship. Her father dies unexpectedly and she is lost but the one thing she is sure of is holding on to wildflower house. She learns with help that it’s okay to let go of the past and move on, don’t let doubt and fears create unnecessary problems. Trust your instincts and live in the moment. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. The characters will not only touch your heart but stay with you.
This is the second book in a series.I enjoyed both books.I only gave 3 stars because it seemed slow at times.I kept waiting for some action.Maybe I was just not in the right frame of mind to read it at this time.
I was so pleased to be able to read the sequel to Wildflower Heart, as I had really enjoyed, it, warmed to the characters and the situations.
Kara Hart has much to grieve over, from the death of her husband, after a car accident, in which she suffered multiple injuries, and the loss of her best friend who she thought was in cahoots with her husband. This is followed by the death of her father.
She seeks solace in the form of medications that threaten to push her over the edge.
On top of dealing with life, Kara has muddled relationships building with Seth, the neighbour who is working away, and Will, the Landscape gardener who is helping her realise her dreams, and assisting her in making her own father's hopes materialise too.
Author Grace Greene has tackled some extremely tough situations with a beautiful delicacy, such as loss, grief and addictions. Her descriptions are wonderful too. I could picture the wildflower fields and all the different locations in the book, which always adds to my enjoyment of a book!
A beautifully told tale and I can't wait to find out what is next in the Wildflower series!
Many thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
In this sequel to Wildflower Heart, Kara struggles to move past her father's death and renovate the historic home he'd recently purchased into an artists' retreat. At the same time, she must decide whether she can let go of the guy who's just moved across the country for his job -- and let new love in. Kara is more likable in this book than in the first in the series.
As always, Grace Greene never disappoints. An adorable, quick read with relatable characters that you feel you know.. I thoroughly enjoyed every page!
Karen Hart is dealing with unimaginable grief. Her father has unexpectedly died. He had brought her to live with him while she healed from an accident that killed her husband and unborn child. Then she discovers that her best friend, Victoria, may have been having a relationship with her husband before his death.
Left with the huge home and large property known as the Wildflower house, Karen is overwhelmed with loss, despair and loneliness.
Deciding to move forward with the repairs to the home, she envisions a retreat where artists can come to paint, sculpt or write. As the home begins to take shape, Karen’s heart also begins to heal. She begins to hope for a better life with an opportunity to move forward and perhaps even have a second chance at a meaningful relationship.
An excellent book by Grace Greene of loss, loneliness and eventually hope.
Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an early copy of this book. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book and the comments are my honest opinion.
When I stumble upon a book that takes my breath away, I will read everything by the author and I will pass the books to reader friends to enjoy. "Wildflower Hope" is one of the books by Grace Greene that took my breath away. This book is about trauma and recovery and hope, learning to walk and live again after horrific accidents -- or natural disasters. We all wish to overcome challenges, to pick up the pieces of our shattered lives , to come back stronger like perennial wildflowers. #WildflowerHope #NetGalley--DT, NetGalley reader
This book is the second book in the series.
What a lovely book. Writing style was exquisite as was the first book
Nice to re engage with the characters again
A brilliant book
Wildflower Hope by Grace Greene is the second book in the Wildflower House series. The death of Kara Hart's father is still fresh. And she is trying to come to terms with the loss of her friends. She has taken on the restoration project her father started before his unexpected death. There are many reasons that l liked this book. The main character, Kara, the location and the storyline to name a few. I did not feel the emotional connect as I did in Wildflower Heart. In my opinion, too much time was given to Kara's introspection and relationship with her girlfriend. However, it was still a good book that I enjoyed and I would recommend.
This book was an emotional read, one that crept into my heart. After the death of her father, only a month earlier, Kara now has an old house to restore. It was her father's dream, this restoration, and now it is her's. As an only child whose mother left her when she was only 14 years of age, Kara already had enough baggage for a lifetime. In a tragic auto accident, her husband was killed and Kara was left with both external and internal injuries. Now, it is her task to bring to fruition the dream that was her father's. It is a journey of forgiveness, a journey of hope and love. Will this house help Kara heal and find the strength to have a life with less fears and pain? But most of all there were the wildflowers, its seeds blowing hither and yon, landing wherever they were, strong, vigorous and impervious to its surroundings. A field of lush colors, nature's resilient and hearty step-children, not to be taken for granted.
Grace Greene has written an amazingly wonderful book, the second in the series. Reading the first book of the series, I knew I wanted to continue the story. If there is a third, you will find me in a comfortable chair, reading it. This book is one I would highly recommend!
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced copy of this book for my honest opinion.
Wildflower Hope is book two in the series and I jumped for joy when it became available because I loved book one so much! It can be a stand alone, but the first one, as with the second, was so beautifully written, you would miss out on a lovely heart touching story!
In book two we find Kara reeling from another loss and she has decided to keep her dad's big rambling house and make a retreat for artists. Lots of tears, laughter, friendships, love and discovery of secrets ensue!
I loved how this was a story about her, sometimes painful, self discovery of who she is and what she wants! Almost like a rebirth! The budding romance was so sweet to watch! Grace Greene 's writing is magic. I got involved from the first sentence and had problems tearing myself away from the book to do anything else! The descriptions of the surroundings were so real, I felt I were there. The characters were very likeable and I could identify with them.
The book earns a 5 from this grateful fan and I am in wait for the next story!
This is the second book in the Wildflower House series. It can be read as a standalone as well. I enjoyed this story as it's shows the real life emotions of grief, strength and resilience that Kara displaces. I was a little disappointed that the relationship between Kara and Seth didn't grow but who knows.....
Wildflower Hope takes up where Wildflower Heart left off, with Kara alone and trying to decide which path forward is right for her.
The loss of Kara's father was huge and she is left with an old home, lots of acreage, some mystery and much uncertainty. This story encompasses so many feelings that each page is a delight in one way or another. There is despair, anger and frustration sure, but there are greater parts hope, love, acceptance, finding oneself and learning to trust and take pride in your instincts and accomplishments. That is a huge amount of feelings in one book and the journey through and to each is incredibly satisfying.
Grace Greene has a talent for beautiful, lush descriptions that make me see the scenes in my mind's eye. For example, the fireplace screens. I want to see those! I could picture them and I so want to see if my imagining comes anywhere close to reality. I'd never even heard of such a thing until this book! I could picture the river and the carriage house clearly. That talent for descriptions makes Wildflower House a living breathing character of its own and one I can't wait to visit again.
I'd strongly recommend reading this series in order. You could follow along just fine if you started with Wildflower Hope, but you'd miss out on all the important stepping stones to this point in Kara's life. This series is for anyone who enjoys personal journeys of discovery, family sagas, and women's fiction. Take a chance and let Grace Greene and this beautiful series take possession of your heart and soul for a few days.
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for allowing me an ARC at my request. All thoughts in this review are mine and freely given.