Perennials by Julie Cantrell

Perennials

When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents’ 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother’s perennial garden.Eva—known to all as Lovey—grew up in Oxford, MS, surrounded by literary history and her mother's stunning perennial gardens. But a garden shed fire and the burns suffered by one of her best friends seemed to change everything. Her older sister Bitsy bla...


Details Perennials

TitlePerennials
ISBN9780718037642
Author
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherThomas Nelson
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Christian Fiction, American, Southern, Contemporary
Rating

Reviews Perennials

  • Tania
    1970-01-01
    Every part has a purpose. The good, the bad, and the ugly.3.5 stars. I loved The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell, and was very happy that Netgalley approved my request for Perennials, to be released later this year. The author has a beautiful, straightforward and emphatic writing style. I enjoyed all the historical information about the South, it's museums and famous authors. The botany references was interesting and well-integrated. Lastly I li...
  • Staci
    1970-01-01
    Perennials is a beautiful novel. The writing style, the cover and the flower touches on beginning of chapter pages are elegant.In this novel, we get a window into the soul of main character Eva "Lovey". I suspect there are aspects of Eva's world we can relate to...ambition, struggles, successes. Perennials gives readers a look at human behavior and why people behave the way we do. And how we choose to react.While there was much to love about Eva,...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    A moving story filled with life lessons told in a lyrical Southern style. Loved all the lovely garden metaphors used to express a spiritual or inspirational message. They were fitting for the situations, and a perfect way to drop a bit of truth in the moments. Family dynamics, sibling tension, and emotional/psychological struggles made this a story to perfectly illustrate grace and forgiveness, the choice to let go and move on in life, overcomin...
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My Review of "Perennials" by Julie CantrellKudos to Julie Cantrell, author of "Perennials" for such an emotional and heartwarming novel. The symbolism in this book, leads to many layers of life. The genres of this novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction. The timeline of this story as it relates to the characters i...
  • Laurie
    1970-01-01
    "Family first" is the mantra of loving parents for their two young daughters. It took both girls a long time to understand and appreciate that.If you love flowers, plants and gardening you will delight in this story of family, friends,forgiveness and reconciliation.There are many wise sayings told by Mother and Dad. "Happy is a choice.","We are here to love and be loved ",and "Sometimes the best thing is to just let go." are some we should heed.I...
  • Susan Cushman
    1970-01-01
    Julie Cantrell's beautiful literary prose and compassionate wisdom come through in her latest novel, PERENNIALS. As in all of her novels, there are strong women recovering from difficult things that happen to them, and "blooming" into the selves they are meant to be. There's lots of good "therapy" in this book, and also a good helping of spirituality. I loved it.
  • Lauren Denton
    1970-01-01
    In Perennials, Julie Cantrell has written a love letter to her home state of Mississippi, Deep South summers, and flower blooms that can heal the soul. Through main character Lovey's return trip home, we see what it means to keep "Family First" no matter what. And her journey home is much more than just miles traveled--it's a glimpse into a life full of heartache and longing, the illuminating light of truth, and the redemptive power of love.
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    This family drama really sucked me in from the very beginning. I love Julie Cantrell's writing style. Her writing is lyrical and deep without weighing down the story with too many details. Her characters are introspective and flawed. Sometimes I found them to be immature. I had a lot of sympathy for them, but they really needed to grow up. Still, by the end of the book they had come a long way. I enjoy the Oxford, Mississippi setting and the Faul...
  • Sonja Yoerg
    1970-01-01
    Ah, returning to a childhood home. You may discover nothing has changed and feel smug for having escaped, or return to find an altered landscape and realize you've been missing your true home after all? In this beautifully rendered story, Eva (Lovey) is called home--to her family, to tragedy, to abandoned love, to the shadows of closely-held secrets--and has no choice but to face what she believed she'd left behind. With gorgeous descriptions of ...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    RT Rating:Genre:Inspirational, Inspirational FictionPublished:November 14 2017Publisher:Thomas NelsonBUY NOW!Amazon:Buy NowBarnes & Noble: Buy Now*This post contains affiliate links. If you click an affiliate link and purchase an item from the vendor, we receive a percentage of the profit (even if you don't buy the item we've linked to). Thank you for supporting RT Book Reviews!BOOK REVIEWSAll GenresTop Picks!Contemporary RomanceHistorical Romanc...
  • Christine Moore
    1970-01-01
    "Family first". This is a beautiful story of family and healing. Lovey leaves home when she is 18 to get out from under her older sister's shadow. She has made a new life in Arizona. She goes home for her parents 50th wedding anniversary. Lovey helps her Dad plant a beautiful flower garden for her Mom and during this time of family finally finds her place in the world. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for an ARC in return for an honest re...
  • Melanie Addington
    1970-01-01
    Julie Cantrell does it again with her latest book that touches on estranged sisters, the ties not only to family but to your roots, and the damages done as we grow up by ourselves and relationships and how to find a way to heal again. The beautiful thing about Cantrell's writing is the simplicity of it while somehow enthralling you into her world. Now this world was a bit easier for me to dive into with its ties to the town I live in (Oxford) but...
  • Connie Masson
    1970-01-01
    I just finished reading Perennials and to me it is Julie's best one yet! They are all great, but I really related to this one personally. I want my extended family to read Perennials including the men! Perennials is full of such deep insight, wisdom, words of amazing learning and understanding. It is filled with real life things all of us humans need to read, learn, think about, grow from, and implement in our lives. I was blessed by the scriptur...
  • Donna Meredith
    1970-01-01
    Perennials is such a heart-warming book about love and loss, betrayal and forgiveness, weakness and strength, especially woman's strength. Cantrell's writing is straight-forward and easy to read, yet there's plenty here for champions of literary fiction to love. An hourglass charm symbolizes the passage of time and illustrates one of the book's themes: that you never know how much time you have, that you have to seize the moment, live now. I love...
  • Leslie M.
    1970-01-01
    On the outside, Lovey appears to have it all. Underneath, she is confused in every way. She returns home and undertakes the task of helping to create a memory garden for her parents’ 50th anniversary. Along the way, she learns about her own roots. Can she find healing and purpose through it all?The cover is gorgeous and grabbed my attention, but this wasn’t my favorite Cantrell book. The research is well done, and the botany references are ni...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    A story rich in detail and lilting storytelling, Perennials is a beautiful story about a woman (Lovey), her tenuous relationship with her sister and hometown, and the discoveries she makes regarding pain, love, and family.To cut to the chase, Perennials is a story I highly recommend. Cantrell's trademark poignancy and subtlety weave together to create a moving story that details one woman's journey through pain and on toward the other side. Witho...
  • Allison M
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars for this novel of sibling rivalry, family love and living honestly, set in the American South.In the UK, I have not seen a Christian Fiction category in any library or bookshop aside from, well, Christian bookshops. I was a little wary of what exactly a book in this category might prove to be: sugary sweet or narrowly judgmental; joyless or gushing? Happily, all I got right was that it was unmistakably American. This Christian might jus...
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to NetGalley.com for this Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I was drawn to this book because I am a sucker for Southern novels. While I was expecting some cattiness and “Bless Your Hearts” while Lovey made it back to life in Oxford, MS her journey was deeper than that and she is forced to question everything about her life. In fact – there were a few passages where my eyes glazed over (any time sh...
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    Julie Cantrell writes interesting books, but like my last review, faith wasn't an integral part of the book. However, Julie has hit on some tough family dynamics that nearly every family has experienced--sibling rivalry. Bitsy and Lovey have a rivalry that defies explanation, and Bitsy has an irrational jealousy of Lovey that refuses to heal, despite Lovey's attempts. Julie uses the flashback device throughout the book quite successfully to keep ...
  • Jan
    1970-01-01
    As a reader of Julie Cantrell's other books, I was excited to have the privilege to read an advance copy but this opinion is my own. Just as in her other books, Julie is able to weave and develop thought provoking characters who are not simple. Each has their own stories to tell and their lives become the rich tapestry that leads this family and friends into a place of responding to loss, love, and the good things they share. So many sweet lesson...
  • Dorothy
    1970-01-01
    The story is engrossing, especially so due to the structure: the author does not reveal all details at once. And there are a few surprises along the way.I am puzzled why this title was listed among the Christian books genre (it is published by a Christian company). Although there were references to Bible stories and characters, there was much more content dealing with eastern philosophies, Native American traditions, and new age ideas. The overal...
  • Noreen
    1970-01-01
    Cantrell did an amazing job in character description. I found there to be so much love in this story. Some is outwardly evident and some of it is hidden. When Eva (Lovey) is called to come back home to Mississippi, she relives childhood memories, childhood love and experiences tragic loss. Her relationship with her family runs deep. Flowers are a powerful bond in this family and Eva finds she may have escaped to Arizona to build her own life but ...
  • (not your)
    1970-01-01
    Having thoroughly enjoyed Julie Cantrell's Feathered Bone, I thought I'd give her new offering Perennials a go. After Lovey's near-idyllic child-hood, she's faced with a betrayal that separates her from her family and follows her into mid-life. Now home again, Lovey must learn to look at every point of view and love anyway. To be honest, I'm astounded this is the same writer. Cantrell's sharp, spellbinding writing of Feathered Bone has morphed in...
  • Jeanne Grace
    1970-01-01
    I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley for my unbiased opinion of the book. I loved, loved, loved this book! I couldn't read it fast enough! The characters are very likeable. I loved all the gardening symbolism in relation to life. I come from a long line of garden lovers. Eva was a strong woman character, who in the process of this book figures out where she is meant to be. A great story about love, family, gardening references, and l...
  • Sandy
    1970-01-01
    The cover of this book just drew me in. There is so much beauty in this book not just the physical beauty of the landscapes of Arizona and Mississippi but also the beauty of the heart and love of family. The flower garden descriptions were wonderful. I felt like I was on the trails in Sedona on the hikes. The story itself was full of love and emotion. Do the decisions we make throw us way off track for what God may have planned for better. Can we...
  • Gina
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC for my Kindle.I loved the botany lessons in this book since I enjoy "digging in the dirt and playing in my flower beds." I liked the Christian elements of the book and the scriptures sited with examples, but I didn't care for the Buddha elements.A story of a southern family who struggles with when to forgive and start over, who love but learn to let go, who realize when it's time to either go forward or come back (...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    By appearance, Lovey has it all together with successful career, hobbies, friends and weekend home. However, Lovey is confused in every aspect--emotionally, relationally, internally and especially spiritually. she is lost and stuck and knows it yet believes that this is the best it will be. An unexpected call from home leads her to difficult and painful past and current interactions with family and the community. She must choose to find healing a...
  • Chris Jager
    1970-01-01
    While reading this book I kept thinking how blessed I am with the wonderful sister. A story of sisters and family, a story of forgiveness, a story of moving past your past. Beautifully written, the story invites you in and welcomes you in. You find yourself wishing you could spend more time with the whole cast. Thank you Julie for such a wonderful story. Can't wait for the next one.
  • Nita
    1970-01-01
    What a wonderful book on love and family. This is a lyrical Southern fiction done right and is so very beautiful hitting all the emotions! Eva goes through loss and finding her true self and returning to dreams that she once treasured for her life. But it is not an easy task with the sible rivalry that her sister started years ago. Highly recommend!
  • Laurie
    1970-01-01
    The pace was a little too slow for me but I did finish it and found the ending satisfying...thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.