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Orange Blossom (A Flowering Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Daltry
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“I’ve never understood a year. A year was always a measurement of something bad for me. A year in my father’s prison sentence, a year since my mom’s death, a year left of school before I could get far, far away from here. Now, as I look down the end of my college career, with only a little more than a semester to go, a year seems like something magical. It has been a year since Lily chose me, since she sat with me on the old swing set and made a decision that I was worthy of her. And every minute of the entire year has been better than the last.”

You already know their stories: Lily, the perfect princess, always living someone else’s life. And Jack, the broken boy, who had stopped believing in hope. Somehow, though, they found each other and what was one night blossomed into a love story.

Now, a year later, Jack and Lily are dreaming of the future. Despite all of his promises to himself that he would never be indebted to anyone, Jack makes a new promise – this time to Lily – that he will be there for her forever. But when life unravels for them, he starts to pull away, and Lily worries he’s out of reach for good.

When Jack does the unthinkable, Lily is left destroyed. Is it possible to have a happily ever after? Does love ever really save anyone?


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: SDE Press (6 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JDYCMS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the series, 'Flowering', a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us. Although the books are not currently available, they will be reworked - and improved - in the next few months.

As a former English teacher and YA librarian, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and 'Dust', an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, 'Backward Compatible'. Most of Sarah's work is about teens and college students, as it's what she knows well.

Sarah's passion in life is writing - weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips to, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hello anywhere Sarah is online!

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, 'Bitter Fruits', is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

Sarah has also written 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,' a reimagining of one of her favorite poems in a contemporary setting.

Keep up to date with any happenings on Sarah's blog. She is an obsessive Anglophile who spends more time watching BBC TV than any human being should. Find out more and read samples of Sarah's work at http://sarahdaltry.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars a trips down imagination road review 14 Jun. 2014
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of Orange Blossom, Flowering 2 (after Star of Bethlehem), in exchange for my review.

Lily and Jack have been together for a year, and it hasn't exactly been the easiest of roads. Now the two of them are having to look towards the future, with Jack's graduation fast approaching and Lily's mother still determined that Lily will follow the path that she wants it to. But things are about to take a turn for the worse for Jack, and after some devastating news both he and Lily feel like they are acting far more adult than they actually are. The things that could tear the two of them apart aren't the things they originally worried about, but it could end badly for them none the less.

That was an emotional roller coaster. Maybe not quite to the extent that Blue Rose was but it was still hard to read in some places. One of the things that I have constantly said about the Flowering series is that the characters are so real. Despite Lily and Jack's comments to each other, the characters in the book aren't perfect, but rather flawed and make mistakes, and sometimes they make a lot of them. But ultimately this makes them fantastic characters.

Because of this there were several points in Orange Blossom that I actual felt my heart break for Lily and Jack, particularly Lily but I think that that is simply to do with her being female and so the more accessible character to me. Though saying that, there were several points in this book where Jack's thoughts and feelings particularly resonated with me, and not just in his feelings about leaving college.
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5.0 out of 5 stars traumatic but so compelling 23 April 2014
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WOW even though there are so many things that happened In Lily & jacks life they love each other and it is enough to see them through I have enjoy this series of books traumatic but so compelling Can't wait for Ambrosia the next book in this series
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 24 May 2014
By joanne
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I have read all the series these books are all really good . just waiting for ambrosia the last one in the series to come out
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly realistic 15 May 2014
By Jeannie Zelos TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Orange Blossom, A Flowering Novel, Sarah Daltry.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.

I loved Jack and Lily in the first two Flowering novels, they'd been through so much drama and despair, and finally found happiness together, so its was great to catch up and see how they were getting on in their lives.
As always there are problems, that's real life isn't it - it's not some sweet world full of rainbows and gold coins...but one where even with the best of intentions life gets in the way. Jack's on the home stretch of studying while Lily still has a couple of years to go, and they're wondering where they go from here. Whatever happens they want a future together but then Life throws that spanner in. Poor Jack - something happens that's a nightmare for him and spirals him into despair again, and Lily and Alana need to help him get back out of his depression. Its something they've all feared with Jack's history and it has a huge impact on all of them.
This is really sensitively done and handled. Having been in a similar depression in the past I can relate to the musings on suicide. Falling from a height - con= may not die but just end up worse off. Drowning = tough to do, takes time. Drugs = which ones, how many, and would it again leave worse off from other damage if failed. Bleeding = needs clear action and takes time. All these thoughts are familiar to anyone depressed, and when they crop up in the book they make it feel so so real.
Lily, she's so in love but struggles to help Jack, but is determined she won't let him down. She loves him and just wants to help him work through this and be with her. He's convinced he's not good enough, and she needs to make him understand he's all she wants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A step on 11 May 2014
By Fran
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Passionate, lovely, slightly traumatic, but I simply had to read it. A lovely couple and a strong heart rendering story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 22 April 2014
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I really enjoyed this book from start to finish I loved the two main characters and will definitely read the next book
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