Jane Lacey-Crane returns to the blog with a story of family, second chances and chasing dreams with
The Little Shop on Floral Street
Grace, Hope and Faith all grew up with the family floral shop as the centerpoint of their lives, and while Grace and Hope did the obligatory ‘work for the firm’ jobs, Faith was left to her own devices which caused no end of strife for the sisters. But now things have taken a tragic turn, forcing Grace to return to the childhood home she left at sixteen never to look back. Adding to that, her youngest and most ‘spoiled’ sister Faith is back at home, and the two are constantly clashing.
While home and working in the family flower shop, Grace discovers that things are far worse than suspected, and while she has always wanted her own floral business, her work now with a high-end florist and the toast of London, while she puts out fires and makes things work for them isn’t doable with the crisis at home.
What emerges is a ton of family history and secrets, and plenty of time for the sisters to grow up and let go of their childhood resentments and struggles, as their family tries to move forward. With new opportunity and a supremely supportive former boss and friend, not to mention a new ‘love’ interest, the opportunity for Grace to start anew along a path that she’d dreamed of for years is wonderful. Emotionally raw and poignant, there’s never enough time to say what you want to – a point made clear in several of the relationships we encounter in this book.
Title: The Little Shop on Floral Street
Author: Jane Lacey-Crane
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Aria
Published on: 13 August, 2020
Source: Princeton University Press, Publisher via NetGalley
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In the wake of tragedy, two sisters have to piece their family back together again...
Grace never thought she'd have to return home to Floral Street. Having spent most of her life building a successful career in London, she's done everything she possibly can to avoid the flower stall that's been in her family for generations. But when tragedy hits, she's got no choice. It's time to face the demons of the past and support her family.
Faith has returned home after years travelling the world. The baby of the family, she always struggled to find her place. She thought that her life would be different after a trip across the globe, but as she settles back into life in her childhood room she has to come to terms with the fact her life isn't quite what she expected. And she has no way of getting out of the rut she finds herself in.
Faith and Grace have never seen eye-to-eye, always clashing, never forgiving. But they might just find a way to understand one another, to fight their way through their grief and come out stronger. By opening up, they'll discover they aren't so different at all. And family will always be there for you.
A copy of this title was provided via Princeton University Press, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.