Friday, 24 January 2014

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster

Welcoming to my blog once again, the popular Melissa Foster.
This time we are showcasing and reviewing her suspenseful novel, Where Petals Fall
Where Petals Fall

"With vivid prose and a tender heart, Melissa Foster has crafted a psychological and emotional mystery fuelled by love in all its forms."

Jennie Shortridge

Book Blurb

On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she always dreamt of opening. But in the past few months her world has slowly unravelled.  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.  Where Petals Fall will appeal to fans of Lisa Scottoline's Save Me or Jodi Picoult's Salem Falls, who love an emotional and gripping read. They 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 review -
This is my first book review of 2014, and it didn't disappoint. After reading this book which I found hard to put down, I think I have found another author to add to my favourites. Melissa Foster has shown that she can not only write great Chic-Lit, but is also a great mystery writer too.
When Junie, one of the main characters was dwelling on her childhood relationship with her best friend it made me think back to my childhood best friend and what we were doing at the age of seven. Luckily my best friend never disappeared.
The journey that she was going through, in trying to piece together what happened to her best friend Ellen, really drew you in. It was very emotional and seemed so real. It made Junie come across as really vulnerable. She was having to deal with her young Daughter who was undergoing tests as she had become withdrawn and had stopped speaking. Her relationship with her Husband was also very testing as he didn't want to speak to Junie about Ellen(who also happened to be his young Sister) and her disappearance.
Whilst Junie tried to work out what had happened to Ellen, as a reader I went on the journey with her. I was so drawn into the story and started coming to my own conclusions, only for the Author to flip the story in a different direction and dampen all my theories!
This book was so well written; full of different emotions; full of content and full of mystery. I'm certainly putting this Author and all her books on my "must read" list.

About the Author
Melissa Foster isNew York Times USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown MagazineThe Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.





Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women's NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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