Review: The Little Shop on Floral Street by Jane Lacey-Crane

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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.

Source: NetGalley Rating: 4/5 stars

Grace has spent the better part of her adult life avoiding her parents’ home.  After a terrible experience as a teenager, Grace has distanced herself from her parents because she can’t trust herself not to out her father and devastate her mother. 

Though Grace largely refuses to see her parents, she does still have a close relationship with one of her two sisters.  The two confide most everything to one another and have become tremendous friends since their younger years at home.  Grace considers her sister her best friend so when she is tragically killed, Grace finds herself at a total loss.  She has to go home, she has to deal with her youngest sister, Faith, and she has to see her father.  To make matters far worse, Grace’s long-time boyfriend has no understanding or sympathy for her situation and can’t fathom why she is grieving or living with her parents, if only temporarily.

Grace’s time at home is beyond stressful.  Her father is gruff and grumpy as always, her mother is a total wreck, and her younger sister is home and back up to her old antics.  To help keep things settled, Grace agrees to man the family flower stall at the local market.  Her father has run the market all his life and while he expected Grace to take his place, she has made a name for herself with a much larger London flower company.  When Grace makes her way back to the flower stall, she is stunned to see how far into disrepair the market has become.  Most of her childhood friends have moved away or retired, the full press of shoppers is no more, and the few stalls that remain do a quiet business at best. 

As the family rushes toward the funeral and burial of their beloved member, Grace has to face some harsh realities.  Her father’s flower stall is failing, her mother is not going to recover from her loss anytime soon, and her younger sister may not be as big a brat as Grace has long suspected she is.  In fact, as the days wear on, Grace learns a great deal about her baby sister, including the inner strength she has and her ability to maneuver around the family dynamics like a pro.  As if the family drama weren’t enough, Grace is also faced with the very real prospect of her long-term relationship coming to an end.  Navigating life is hard and Grace has some serious decisions to make if she is going to survive it all and eventually be happy again.

The Bottom Line:  This is such a roller coaster of a read and sure enjoyed the ride.  One of my favorite things to see in a book is the evolution of a good character.  Grace is a good character and her evolution through tremendous grief is so wonderful to see.  Grace goes from a harried young woman who used to love her job and used to love her boyfriend, to a young woman who changes everything about her life including her job, her relationship with her family, and her boyfriend.  With each change, Grace comes a bit more out of her shell and begins to shine like her late sister always knew she could.  In all, an emotional read with a proper and rather lovely happily ever after.

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