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What the Flower Says of Death doesn’t tug at your heartstrings.  It forever binds them to Violet as she faces death in more ways than one.  The author, Danielle Koste, masterfully intertwines pain, death, and forgiveness with hope, acceptance, and love.  Violet must learn to let go of those she loves in order to really live.  Past resentment and pain shackle her to an evolving plan to commit suicide on her eighteenth birthday.  The breadth of letting go, overcoming family secrets, and accepting the inevitable provides healing beyond the capacity of a therapist.  Jack, instrumental to Violet’s earthly existence, comforts and guides her along her journey.  As her bucket list receives its checkmarks, glimmers of life seep once again into her broken soul; death puts a new perspective on dying.  But choosing life will demand a price she is not ready to pay.

This is one of the most emotionally moving novels I have read in quite a while.  It is an absolute page turner but not in the way one might expect.  There are no secret agents devising plans.  Or super-heroes saving the world.  No.  This novel goes beyond the surface.  It reaches deep into your heart and pulls you with an incessant need to know Violet’s outcome.

A disclaimer for all future readers: TISSUES REQUIRED…MULTIPLE!!


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