Where Petals Fall by Melissa Foster


On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she’d always dreamed of opening. But in the past few months her world has slowly unraveled. Her precocious child is withdrawing, showing unexplainable signs of emotional regression, a condition that frays the bonds of Junie’s once impenetrable marriage. When her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Junie packs up her daughter and goes home to help her mother. Her homecoming stirs up memories of the nightmare she thought she had put behind her, the disappearance of her childhood friend, Ellen. Haunted by recurring memories of what happened on that fateful day, Junie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the secrets surrounding her missing friend, and the trauma that has caused her little girl to climb back into herself. As the pieces come together on the event that shook her small town, and at the risk of losing everyone she loves, Junie will question everything she thought she could rely on and everyone she thought she knew.

WHERE PETALS FALL is a gripping and emotional novel with an undercurrent of suspense, featuring a determined mother whose world slowly comes apart around her. Readers will root for Junie as they follow her transition into an indomitable heroine who must reconcile what she discovers about her husband and family’s tragic past, and find a way to put the pieces of her family back together and carry on.

My Review-

I’ve read a couple of Melissa Foster’s books and let me tell you, I’ve not once been disappointed. I’m going to jump right in here and lay it on down.

Junie, has opened her own bakery – one she has always dreamed of owning. She is married to Brian and has a four year old daughter Sarah, everything seems to be alright until her daughter begins to withdrawal from life itself. Junie as any mother would be is worried and stressed about how to help her daughter. Feeling helpless and caught on what to do she tries to help Sarah in any way she can . Things start to slip though, her marriage suffers and she’s trying to hold it all together. No matter what she tries though things just seem to start falling apart and to makes matter’s worse- Her husband suddenly passes.

Dealing with the passing of her husband Junie moves back to her hometown with daughter in tow. Going back home stirs up memories for Junie, about a little girl who had up and vanished. Could it mean something? Why is it all starting to stir back up, and why is her daughter slipping away from her? Little by little she tries to piece things back together again. Along the way people she had trusted haven’t been as she thought they would creating a wonderful dynamic story.

As you are uncovering new lies and mystery throughout the book you are caught in an emotional grip of a story you won’t be able to set down easily . There is so much more I can say about this book but I’m afraid I’ll end up letting some spoilers slip. You won’t be disappointed if you pick this book up, Foster did an amazing job once again and delivered a captivating story for her readers. Suspense , mystery and an ending that leaves you hopeful you won’t go wrong with Where Petals Fall.

 I enjoyed getting to know the characters which were very well written and realistic. This is a book that has caught me by page one and with every turn of the page had me wondering, guessing and stunned to find out the truth as it went on. I loved the mystery but most of all I loved how the story just flowed. This book had some flashbacks and moments where it brought you somewhere else . Foster managed to bring you where you needed to go right along with the characters and the plot without missing a beat.

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About the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape

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