This is a very interesting book about a very sensitive topic. Abuse, both physical and mental, and the aftermath of that abuse is dealt with in this story. The Far Corner of the Greenhouse is a deep book that covers many different abuse situations within one novel.
I liked this book and found it to be a very interesting topic, however, I struggled with being confused at certain points as I read it. While the flashbacks, dreams, random conversations, and e-chat dialogue that is inserted at various points of the story added to the mystery of what really happened with Abigail’s marriage and with Stone’s upbringing, I just had a lot of trouble navigating through those sections and understanding what was going on. Once I passed the halfway point in the book, more information was revealed that helped me follow the story better.
The romance between Stone and Abigail is tumultuous, as would be expected between two people who suffered so much. I really enjoyed the portions of the story when Stone and Abigail made some headway in their relationship. The author did a great job of creating tension between these two!
I found this story to be interesting and complex. (3.5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
At a Miami domestic abuse outreach, two seasoned counselors come up against their toughest challenge ever…each other. Abigail Carmichael is the privileged widow of a respected minister, and the beloved only child of an iconic Christian leader, more sheltered than the cherished blooms in her father’s greenhouse. Stone Patrick is a child-abuse survivor, scarred by the kind of trauma that Abigail has only ever encountered in her father’s advice columns. He’s a rough-edged social worker seeking redemption for his past by helping others break the cycle of dysfunction that once ensnared him. She’s out to lend female perspective to his ministry, if he’ll let her past the door. But the last thing Stone figures he needs is some clueless do-gooder tripping over the battered wives of the men he is trying to rehabilitate, not to mention tangling up his emotions and taking him places he has no business being… Stone is yet to learn that abuse knows no social barriers, that some wounds don’t leave bruises or scars. And that Abigail is as much in need of healing as the women she is bent on helping. As antagonism gives way to compassion, Stone sees beyond Abigail’s prickly exterior to the core of a woman he knows he can trust with his heart…if only he can trust himself with hers. It will take a love even greater than the one blossoming between them, an unexpected bond forged in the fire of their past, and a small miracle in the far corner of the greenhouse…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The last of eleven children born to immigrants, K.V. Case began writing as a child for her siblings’ entertainment, in a household where imagination ruled and television was a last resort.
After a valiant attempt to pursue a “normal” profession, she finally succumbed to her life’s calling, earning her Professional-Writing B.A degree with honors in New York. Later, she freelanced in South Florida as a writer and editor…and anything else that left her enough room to pursue her passion for writing.
Although trained as a journeyman writer, her passion is inspirational fiction, with a specialty in happily-ever-after-all–ordinary people achieving extraordinary triumphs on the way to finding true love. She enjoys crafting stories that uplift and inspire while entertaining. Her mission as an inspirational novelist is to showcase life-changing, God-breathed love against a backdrop of authentic Christianity.
K.V. Case now lives in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where she is homeschooling her three children, listening to the trees laugh and working on her upcoming series.
Readers can connect with her at http://www.kvcase.com.