Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
The daughter of a renown media mogul, Poppy Koslowski has her life turned upside down overnight when her father is indicted for a massive fraud that leads to the loss of her family’s fortune. In the wake of the scandal, Poppy moves to Paris at the behest of her aunt, the Countess Domel, who, unbeknownst to Poppy, intends to find a wealthy husband for her niece in order to ensure her future. Poppy, however, has her own dreams of finishing school and realizing her goal of becoming an award-winning journalist. When she meets Henri Olin, the passionate and seductive illegitimate son of one of France’s most powerful politicians, his political and social ideology introduces Poppy to a world very different from her own. Yet, Poppy ultimately learns that everything comes at a price, even love. After suffering a devastating loss, Poppy finds herself alone and virtually penniless, and is forced to make her way back to America to piece together the remnants of her life in New York City. There, she rediscovers her passion once again, only to be confronted with yet another life choice, one that will forever shape her destiny.
|I have been holding off on writing this because I would hate not to do the book justice. I am a huge fan of Vivian's book. I have read both the Wildflower and The Gilded Flowers series and that is why this has been one of the most anticipated books I wanted to read in 2016. It it did not let me down. Vivian has written her best book to date.|
I recommend reading both series so you have some background on her family along with others and how Poppy affected their lives. Poppy has made an impression on so many people. You have no idea how just one person could change each one's life. She is an enigma, a woman like no other. She only be a character in a book. But she is so much more. She needs the commercial. The Most Interesting Woman In The World!
This book starts from the beginning of her adult life. With no life experience besides watching her family life being torn and her Mom's questionable decisions. Just like the other Wildflower stories, she has came to life meeting new people. She meets a man and falls for him. Not a perfect, happily ever after. Then real life happens and she must live with the consequences. It brought me to tears. I can't imagine having to make those life changing decisions at such a young age. Heart breaking.
With all this, she moves on with her life. She finds what she never expected. Love. However life is not so simple. She goes through so many hurdles and my heart breaks for her. But she is a unbelievably strong woman and handles it with grace. There is so much to her and sometimes life is unfair. I really don't want want to go into much detail about the plot because every moment is important. This was her life. In the Gilded Flowers, you find out what she became after her 20's. Who she was at the end was because of the decisions made earlier. I never thought some of the things she did to her own children had justification. However from what happened to her, she knows what she wants for her children. An easier life and no burdens.
Poppy is amazing to say the least. The strongest and smartest female character I have read and cannot imagine finding another one like her. I could not get enough of her. I could read 3 more books about her. Poppy has seemed to lived a hundred life's and want more happiness for her. I wanted to be there for all of it. To know her every thought.
I wish for more of her. She is by far the reason why this book is remarkable. Not only the story of her life, but of because who she is and who she became. By the way, the ending? Mouth dropping.
I cannot express how much I believe you need to read this. Beautiful writing and theses are the books that you will carry in your mind for years. I rate the book a 4.9. I read this in December and think about it every week. The fill in the blanks I make up in my mind.
Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job and her incurable wanderlust. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years.
New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of fashion, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her eating at the newest restaurant in her beloved Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.
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