At a young age, Skie lost the most important people in her life during a tragic car accident. Skie was depressed for days, months, even years before the finding of one beautiful and mysterious flower gave her hope. Follow Skie as she dives into a new world and discover how the simplest things in life can give meaning and purpose.
Examining the place of nature in Victorian women's poetry, Fabienne Moine explores the work of canonical and long-neglected women poets to show the myriad connections between women and nature during the period. At the same time, she challenges essentialist discourses that assume innate affinities between women and the natural world. Rather, Moine shows, Victorian women poets mobilised these alliances to defend common interests and express their engagement with social issues. While well-known poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti are well-represented in Moine's study, she pays particular attention to lesser known writers such as Mary Howitt or Eliza Cook who were popular during their lifetimes or Edith Nesbit, whose verse has received scant critical attention so far. She also brings to the fore the poetry of many non-professional poets. Looking to their immediate cultural environments for inspiration, these women reconstructed the natural world in poems that raise questions about the validity and the scope of representations of nature, ultimately questioning or undermining social practices that mould and often fossilise cultural identities.
A visit from an angel changes the life of a grieving widower in this “deeply touching love story” by the award-winning author of The Last First Day (Booklist). In the four months since Conrad Morrissey’s beloved wife, Rose, died, he has let her cherished garden slide into neglect, just as he has stopped caring what he eats or wears. But there, in Rose’s overgrown and unkempt garden, Conrad receives an unearthly visitor, familiar yet perplexing. It appears to be an angel—though it’s the last person he ever expected to see wearing wings. What does this mean? What should he do? What would vivacious Rose have done? She would not have kept it a secret, Conrad decides, so he begins to share his story. And suddenly he finds himself learning how Rose touched the lives of people he barely knew. These people, from a silent, damaged young woman to the chattering ladies of Rose’s drama group, begin to shape his own days as they make unlikely pilgrimages to the garden. Conrad thought his life was over, but now—as a disaster threatens the tiny New Hampshire town where all of them live—there is hope in Rose’s last message of love. “A magical first novel . . . both luminous and wise.” —The New York Times Book Review “Brown’s writing . . . conveys intense events and emotions with a deceivingly gentle touch.” —USA Today “Simply the most romantic love story you will read this year. Don’t miss it.” —Albuquerque Journal
Skie decides to do more research on the different types of flowers in the world. Then, she finds herself falling into an even bigger problem that she can't find her way out of. With the help of her family, can she find her way out of this problem? Would she even be able to survive?