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118688899_4345800838795638_7587963765666045595_oFrom bestselling author, Mary Ellen Taylor comes a story about profound loss, hard truths, and an overgrown greenhouse full of old secrets.

Adrift in the wake of her father’s death, a failed marriage, and multiple miscarriages, Libby McKenzie feels truly alone. Though her new life as a wedding photographer provides a semblance of purpose, it’s also a distraction from her profound pain.

When asked to photograph a wedding at the historic Woodmont estate, Libby meets the owner, Elaine Grant. Hoping to open Woodmont to the public, Elaine has employed young widower Colton Reese to help restore the grounds and asks Libby to photograph the process. Libby is immediately drawn to the old greenhouse shrouded in honeysuckle vines.

As Libby forms relationships and explores the overgrown—yet hauntingly beautiful—Woodmont estate, she finds the emotional courage to sort through her father’s office. There she discovers a letter that changes everything she knows about her parents, herself, and the estate. Beneath the vines of the old greenhouse lie generations of secrets, and it’s up to Libby to tend to the fruits born of long-buried seeds.

NICUnurse’s Review of Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor

The downfall of being a book blogger and reviewer that reads so many books each month is that sometimes I forget whether I’ve read a certain author before or not. And honestly…I think I may have read Mary Ellen Taylor before, but I’m not 100% sure. With that said, I WILL be reading more of her books!

What I liked most about the book: I liked how the mystery surrounding all the characters’ relationships with each other was revealed in little bits as she switched between the past and the present. Sometimes that can be confusing to a reader, but this author did a wonderful job with this technique. And it gives the readers a chance to really unpack each main character. Not to mention, it kept my squirrel-chasing brain engaged!

NICUnurse’s Rating: Honeysuckle Season is a story about grief in so many different forms. The loss of a future that seemed secure. The loss of relationships. Death. And how the complex timeline and overlapping types of grief shape what lives look like in the moving forward. Life doesn’t stand still while we grieve. Grief doesn’t allow us to hide away or run away for long before it catches up and overwhelms. While the book was a wonderful depiction of picking up the pieces of a broken life and broken dreams, it also evoked so many emotions that are so complicated in the moving forward. And it also showed that grief doesn’t move forward in a linear fashion…you move through the stages of grief in varying patterns. It’s a two-steps-forward-one-step-back progression most of the time which can wreak havoc on our emotions. 

During these “unprecedented times” I’ve found that sometimes it’s hard for me to really enjoy reading. Which is a tragedy to me because I’ve always been an avid, voracious reader. When I first picked up this book, I had a hard time falling into the story. I thought it might be just me and not a reflection on the author’s ability to weave a tale, so I walked away from it for several days. Once I felt that I was in a better headspace, I absolutely fell into the story and finished it in less than a day. I usually have a harder time getting into a story with less dialogue, but with the POVs switching so frequently, it kept me involved and invested so well that I really didn’t want to put it down.

I give Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor 5 out of 5 propellers!

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