Not a Flower - A Novel
"Not a Flower" made it to the Top 50 Finalist in Harlequin's Writing Contest #SYTYCW15! I'm so excited and honored.
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For anyone who has ever fallen deeply in love with someone who can never be theirs, life stands still from that moment on. Trying to move on is a bittersweet dream of trying to let go while at the same time desperately trying to hold on.
Dr. Grace Madison knows this far too well.
In love with Duval Roussiard for most of her life, Grace's heart was shattered when he marries her beloved sister Elizabeth. But Duval has only ever seen her as a friend and so she hides her feelings away as any good friend would do. When tragedy unexpectedly falls, Grace runs away, unable to deal with her grief, pain and guilt.
Years later when a wedding invitation from Duval arrives announcing his marriage to someone else, Grace realizes she can no longer live in limbo. Deciding to attend the wedding and find closure to her entangled past, Grace's plan is disrupted when she meets his younger brother Adrian Roussiard, a wolfish brilliant man who has returned home carrying dark shadows of his own.
He becomes Grace's unlikely ally as she discovers that the once simple quest to find closure instead has become the catalyst for discovering herself.
"Not a Flower" is a one woman's journey to self-discovery with a powerful love triangle along for a the ride; weaving the lives of three people who despite their outward successes in life are incomplete and broken in some essential way. It's about understanding the lies we tell ourselves in order to move on, and what comes of living those lies.