Where the Last Rose Blooms
by Ashley Clark
Series: Heirloom Secrets #3
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date February 1, 2022
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: South Carolina, Louisiana Contemporary, Civil War Era - US - 1849-1865
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Alice runs a New Orleans flower shop alongside her aunt, but thoughts of her mother, who went missing during Hurricane Katrina, are never far from her mind. After getting off on the wrong foot with a handsome yet irritating man who comes to her shop, Alice soon realizes their worlds overlap--and the answers they both seek can be found in the same place.
In 1861 Charleston, Clara is known to be a rule follower--but the war has changed her. Unbeknownst to her father, who is heavily involved with the Confederacy, she is an abolitionist and is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause. With assistance from a dashing Union spy, she attempts to help an enslaved woman reunite with her daughter. But things go very wrong when Clara agrees to aid the Northern cause by ferrying secret information about her father's associates.
Faced with the unknown, both women will have to dig deep to let their courage bloom.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Dress Shop on King Street, Paint and Nectar
It was such a treat to revisit friends from the Heirloom Secrets series and meet new ones in Where the Last Rose Blooms! It’s bittersweet the series has concluded, but so good to have a satisfying ending for Rose’s story.
My favorite aspect of this book was the clever method Clara and Rose employed to spy and transmit their messages. And especially how that came into play at the end. Wow! Though there wasn’t a big focus on the Civil War, I felt that I learned new things about that time in South Carolina and enjoyed the other historical aspects.
Alice and Sullivan were delightful, as well. Their initial meeting and the way the horrible first impression he made became a joke between them just made me smile. Over and over, Alice’s grief from the loss of her mother when she was little had colored her life with sadness. Her search for resolution and closure was touching.
Alice’s loss had caused her to question God’s love for her. After all, if God answered other people’s prayers and not hers, what further conclusion could she make? Her journey to understanding led her to new and essential truths about God’s nature.
Readers who enjoy a mesh of historical and contemporary fiction, solemn and yet filled with hope and glimpses of light-heartedness will want to read this lovely series!