Thursday, September 24, 2020

Book Review of Honeysuckle Season

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In this book we are introduced to Libby a young women who has many recent struggles and an unknown future.

Summary of Book

Libby is a young woman who has just gone through several miscarriages, a painful divorce and the death of her father.  Since she is at a true crossroads in her life she decides to return to her roots in Bluestone, Virginia.  Here she moves into her father's home and begins a career as a wedding photographer.

She is asked to photograph a wedding at the historic Woodmont estates.  This is a place she remembers going to as a child with her mother.  The place brings back memories and after the wedding the owner Elaine Grant asks her help in getting the place ready for special events.  Elaine has also asked a young widower, Colton Reese to help in the restoration of a greenhouse on the estate.

The greenhouse was once the scene of many community gatherings.  It was built as a wedding gift for Elaine's grandmother and was at one time a beautiful and magical place.  The years have not been kind to the place and it is overgrown with honeysuckle vines and lots of weeds.  The greenhouse is said to be haunted and it hides secrets from years gone by.

It has been months since her father's death and Libby is now ready to start going through some of his things.  When she does, a letter she finds in his desk will bring to light long buried secrets with ties to the Woodmont estate.  

The author, Mary Ellen Taylor, weaves a wonderful story of love and loss, secrets and forgiveness, and a wonderful hope for the future.  Along the way you meet interesting characters and become caught up in their lives.

My Thoughts on the Book

I liked this book from the very beginning and was delighted with the way the author introduced the characters.  There was a hint of the secret throughout the book but I really didn't catch on till near the end.  This made it a real page turner.  The characters were lifelike and I took a real interest in their lives.  This would be a great book for book club discussions.

Other Books by This Author

Mary Ellen Taylor is an award winning author of Winters Cottage and Spring House and several other women's literature books.  She also writes under the name Mary Burton as a New York Times best selling suspense novelist.

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  1. Being a photographer yourself, Mary Beth, I can see why you are drawn to this book about a wedding photographer. From your review, it sounds like 'Honeysuckle Season' has a lot to recommend it as a good read. Thanks for telling me about it and introducing me to a new (to me) author.

  2. Sounds like a very interesting read. I do like to read a book that keeps you guessing and turning those pages, along with characters that you can relate to.

  3. Oh my goodness, I think I need to grow another head with at least 4 more eyes. All these great books that I am adding to my list make me wish that I could have three or more going at a time. My limit is two if I really like the books and one if it really grabs me. So I now have to add to my List of Must Reads, this book sounds delightful, I can hardly wait to read it for myself. Thanks Mary Beth!

  4. I do love it when you review and recommend a book that makes us want to stay up all night reading! This sounds like a fantastic book, with a bit of romance and mystery combined. Of course, for me, that equals perfection!

  5. I agree, Mary Beth - a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, mixed well with skillful writing is a recipe for a great read. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. This books sounds very interesting. Thanks for the heads up on this one. I think my mother would enjoy this book as well.

  7. Mary Beth, I've been trying to read a book that I can't quite get into.... after your review, Honeysuckle Season sounds like it might be just what I'm in the mood to read. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Always looking for a page turner- thanks for the review!


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