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The problem is that the ambiguity of their relationship suits him too well. In a moment of clarity, Ester tells Olof that he treats her like a bank, taking what he needs, always knowing when his credit is running low so that he can make a deposit of affection. In her mind, it is his wife who has become the illegitimate Other Woman. Its rhythms are already familiar; it seems baggy, overlong. The translation, by Saskia Vogel, is stodgier, too. You can sometimes feel like tearing your hair out watching Ester repeat her painful errors.
Ester knows it, too, but these brainy books are not all brain. Here is how she is introduced in the first novel, in a triumphalist march of a paragraph the translation is by Sarah Death : From the horizons of her own consciousness she perceived reality with devastating precision and lived by the understanding that the world was as she experienced it.
I live in southern Utah and the climate is quite hot in the summer, cold, sometimes below freezing in the winter. Would love to grow carnations, sweetpeas, lilacs, lavender, dahlias, tulips, and many others. Until I can get my garden growing, my daughter has been sending me a cut flower bouquet every month. So glad to have discovered your website, blog, book, and other resources. Gave you book to both my girls and other flower-loving family at Christmas. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. Peonies are my hands down favorite, but tulips and daffodils are not far behind.
We now have more sun in our backyard and I am looking forward to growing zinnias this summer. Alas, there is currently 4 feet of snow in my back yard so I am practicing patience. So excited for you and your book success! The hubby and I are going big and starting our cut flower farm this year. The news about your book rocks! I love that your knowledge, enthusiasm and generosity about flowers is spreading literally around the world. I appreciate all the education you share and am about to re-read your seed starting to I can get off to a good start with your seeds :.
Congratulations on the upcoming books! You have inspired me to start my first cut flower garden this year. I think I am most excited to grow zinnias. That is really exciting. They are my favorite fillers! Also, great thanks to Erin for posting the results of field trials. They are very informative and inspiring. My list of varieties to try just keeps expanding. Thank you for all you share with all us gardeners.
I love your blog and I am most excited to grow ranunculus this year! I have had limited success in the past but since I watched your video on it last fall I am encouraged to try again. Every year I am most excited about growing tulips. This year that excitement is matched by the beautiful new to me varieties of ranunculus that are sprouting in my raised beds! Yay Team Floret! My 1 favorite team to support! Thank you for all you do to bring joy and beauty into this amazing world.???
My favorite! I am most excited to grow chamomile and borage this season. Sweet peas! They can be a bit challenging with our sudden winter to summer back to winter climate so I am up for trying again. Last year I got only vines and no flowers! How weird. I just want to transport all the beautiful Floret flowers to my garden. Thanks ever!
I am most excited to grow ranuculus this year! I have LOVED this flower for so long in pictures, and now that I have space to grow a few flowers this was my must-have! Its a struggle to narrow it down to just one flower as my favourites keep popping up as the seasons change however I am going to go for sweet peas. I love their delicate tissue like petals and they fill any room they are in with the most wonderful fragrance. The mix of colours now available makes them a cheerful yet stylish gift so yes sweet peas! It was almost impossible to keep below this limit, this year also.
Looking very much forward to try the Amazing Grey poppies and Giant pansy. What I am most excited about this year are however the Dahlias. Since I am not in US I have been reading about your favorites for years without the possibility to buy them. Waiting impatient to plant them. Trying to ignore outside temperature of 15 deg C 59 deg F and keeping in mind that last night of frost is usually end of May in our northern part of world. I am most excited about my asters this year! So excited to see the Valkyrie Chamois and Lady Coral lavender in person.
My sun-filled guest bedroom has turned greenhouse until they are ready to plant outdoors. Thank you for all the hard work and a beautiful resource for aspiring flower gardeners like me. I am most excited to grow many, many different types of celosia! I love the texture of them and they dry so well!
Especially now that I know your trick to extend vase life. Hoping to make sweet little nosegays that my kids can gift to friends throughout the summer :. I purchased your book I think two years ago hoping I would someday be able to grow for farmers markets and small weddings. Now it will become a reality! We have a lot of prep to do this summer but I do have an established cottage garden in front of the house. It has been neglected for four years. I feel empowered by your book.
I look forward to growing so much more, but for now, dahlias will be my focus. Thank you for your wonderful contribution! For me it is your sweetpeas! Thanks for sharing your love of the growing world with us Erin and team! I am hoping the tulips and native flowers will be perfectly timed for Southeast May wedding bouquet my future daughter in law has asked me to create. I want to try anemones and dahlias. Boo to custom restrictions, I would love to order seeds from you.
That is a tough decision what flower am I most excited about growing…I always said irises were my favorite flower but then I started growing dahlias and peonies. I guess I will go with dahlias because there is always the concern if I managed to get them out of the ground in time, stored them properly over the winter and got them back in the ground in time to bloom. By the way…love your book.
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I borrowed a copy from a friend and expect I will borrow it again next month. As an independent wedding florist I have fallen in love with so many different flowers but I think peonies remain my favourite; in all their pillowy softness and delicate fragrance, I could bury my nose in them all day long. There is also something special about a flower that is only available for a short window of time. You look forward to it making an appearance year after year.
The garden rose and poppy are close second though. The sheer size a poppy can grow to is a real treat! I had some growing up in my backyard, and every spring we would open up the windows to have the smell fill the house!
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It became my favorite part of spring, excluding the allergies. This year I am very excited to have added dahlias to my garden. Looking forward to the challenge of growing them in hot humid south Louisiana. I love all flowers but roses have a special place in my heart. My mom grew them and would pick a single stem to put in a vase for our bedrooms. We are going to be building some more raised garden boxes this year since we had so much succes with our first two last year.
New house, better growing zone We started with vegetables and now I would like to incorporate some beneficial flowers in with the veggies and have two smaller boxes for zinnias and dalias!!! While I have grown dalias in the past and love them, I am eager to try zinnias. Wish us luck! And congratulations on the success of your book. Looking forward to the next one! I also just wanted to say how much I love how your story is centered upon your grandparents and how they helped connect you to nature.
You can add another country onto your map, as I am reading your book in Finland. It has been such a joy. We moved last year and now have a south facing garden where the roses thrive. Setting up new gardens in magic. Congratulations on all your successes! I love checking in on the blog and finding so much inspiration! This year I am most excited about growing some new roses and trying my hand at starting poppies again. I love poppies and hope to have more success with all your helpful planting tips! The snow in the Skagit Valley can stop anytime!!
I have a little pack of forget-me-nots tucked away for when the ground has thawed. Oh my goodness! My absolute favorite flower. How exciting! This year after reading this book I ordered my first seeds, warmer and tray to plant a few flowers in my yard. They were so very beautiful and prolific last year. I had plenty of blossoms to bring in the house and to share with neighbors.
Thanks Floret Flowers!! This is my first time growing them and your tutorials have been invaluable! I get a little thrill each time I see a new seedling or find one has had a growth spurt! Boy oh boy! I am super excited about growing your sweet peas this year AND cafe au lait dahlias! My fingers are crossed that they will knock my socks off!
I am so excited for the 3rd floret book! My first garden space and excited to learn how to plant! My favorite are peonies and I love the season they are in bloom. I have some garden space now. So excited for you and looking forward to the future books! Loved your first book!!
Sweet peas for sure! One of my favourite gifts of spring and promise of summer flowers to come. Thank you. Would love a secret garden feel in my actual garden. I love that you have been so successful and you are in my home state. Looking forward to sweet pea blooms. I love all flowers but especially the edible ones, and roses top the list. Love your incredible farm and all you do to promote flower growing! I have ordered a variety of poppy seeds in soft pastel colors. I have started the seeds with apricot stock seeds. I am so inspired by the beautiful photos in the monthly updates!
So excited to learn more about flower farming from such inspiring farmers! Your flowers are amazing! I am excited to continue pursuing my business as a wedding florist with my twin sister this year. We are most excited to start using more and more dahlias and I cannot wait to learn more about them in your new book!
All of this news is so exciting and wonderful!! How can I pick just one flower? This year I plan to grow armloads of annuals like zinnias, snapdragons, sunflowers in my new raised beds. I also have 25 new dahlias going in. I am excited to grow Zinnias again this year. They bring such joy and beautiful colours into my vegetable garden. They also attract an array of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. I can not wait to share these seeds with my mom. She absolutely loves hummingbirds and I hope they can bring her as much joy this growing season!
Spring cannot come soon enough to Minneapolis! Keep writing!! White lion narcissus! As a florist, beekeeper and new watercolor artist it has been a wonderful journey. As a hobby I enjoy actually propagating as many flowers and veggies as possible, however just order seeds from you.
Through the pages of your website, I get so many inspirations to paint as many flowers from your beautiful fields. Your Instagram feed and blog have been such an inspiration. I especially love all your tips and educative posts. This year I want to focus a bit on sweet peas. Last year spring was completely wet ,which made it hard to get ground ready. Then it turned to hot summer instantly,made for a tough season. Late summer and fall was prosperous and so much fun having so much color in the garden.
It was actually so exciting to cut flowers and bring into house. It was also fabulous to have oodles of flowers for our picnics. Buckets full on each table was so impressive. Thank you again for your book and blog. I am really excited about growing my cosmos and zinnias!!!!
I love truly love roses. I can sink into them and blissfully kids a rose. Appreciate your willingness to share so much of your expertise. Heartful thank you!!!! This is so exciting! There is so much more for me to learn!! Last year I had buckets of zinnias, thanks to your book! This year I have sweet peas already climbing their trellises in San Diego , and Ranuncs bursting into bloom! I am so grateful— as if your book was not lovely enough to look at over and over and over, my yard is improving by leaps and bounds, and my thumb is getting a bit greener with every season!
I love? It is total eye candy!!! I am super excited to see my peonies popping up and cannot wait for their beautiful blooms! Though really…so very hard to choose!!! Nicole SH. I have been gardening for 40 years and my favorite flower to grow are peonies!!! They are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for all your hard work in putting these books together and for sharing your wonderful tips and treasures!!
Your farm, class and book gives me hope. I am so excited to try growing Cosmos and Peonies! Bless you and your team for giving all of us hope and joy. I am really excited to grow larkspur this year! I have been growing in a few raised beds the past few years. Now we have a farm!
Thank you for everything that you share. I bought them for her every week during the last year of her life. So simple but they brought so much joy to her during her illness. I love the peonies, though. AND the dahlias. Very excited for that book!
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Excited to grow zinnias again this season and expanding peonies collection. Cannot wait for planting season to start! I have to thank you for getting me back into gardening! I first read your book at the library. Browsing through it gave me so much energy the gorgeous photos!! I checked it out right away and then bought the book. After reading it, multiple times, I was convinced i too could grow gorgeous flowers! So far the Narcissus flowers have been my favorite. I am waiting to see how the peonies do. I look forward to planting much more over the years. Thank you for showing us how to grow beautiful flowers and for convincing us that we too could grow something special.
Thanks so must for your inspiration! I have been an avid gardener for many years and am excited to add a small cutting garden to my perennial and shrub gardens this year. I will be growing sweet peas, zinnias, cosmos and dahlias. Can hardly wait! Floret is such an inspiration!!! Thank you for your hard work. Somehow aphids have found their way to my seedlings and love the carnations, so fingers crossed we make it through to flowering!! Something about Floret makes me feel like this could be something attainable and approachable for someone who has never gardened before.
I love anemones so hope to successfully grow them one day! Being from Mount Vernon, I am excited to grow a tulips. They remind me of home. I never liked them as a kid growing up in a small town with tulips everywhere and on everything, but now they bring me a feeling a peace and nostalgia. I fell in love with this hearty but beautiful flower last year!
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Iceland poppies have recently won my heart, as well as ranunculus and dahlias. This will be my first attempt at growing sweet peas! Congratulations to you!! Carnations, I want to try carnations, never tried them so it will be fun… Love the colors If they do good I can bring them to work to share with co-workers….
I LOVE your first book and am so, so excited about your 2nd and 3rd book!!
So excited to watch them grow!! Love your flower seeds and excellent growing instructions. I had wonderful sweet peas, zinnias, anemones, bachelor buttons and so much more last season! Customer for life!! Congratulations on book number 3. I just love their lustrous, ball gown-y abundance! I am looking forward to seeing some of the varieties I bought from you come into flower! I read your book for the first time this winter. As a complete beginner in growing my own plants, I will start with Zinnias first.
I am very excited to start growing them in a few weeks! So much fun and diversity! Lets all pray i can actually get them to grow? Our dahlias!!! Super excited about book two AND now book three!! Its like having constant access to a rainbow. I love your book. I absolutely love my Cut flower garden book! I will definitely be purchasing your other books when they come out as well. I am most excited to grow different varieties of sweet peas this year and continue to cut and share them with friends and neighbors!
Thanks for all that you do! I love reading about all aspects of gardening on your farm and particularly enjoy the videos so can we have more of these please. Keep up the great work that you do. The team at Floret are so inspirational. All different colors and types. So excited!!! Congratulations on all the successes! I am excited to grow the carnation seeds that I bought from you, phlox, wallflowers and stock. The phlox and carnation I struggle at so I am excited to give it another go around. And this is my first try at the wallflowers.
We are excited to grow our first flower garden this year. In the PNW I love to give daffodils to friends in early spring to remind them the sun is coming back! I am so ready for some madame butterfly snaps! I loved the first book! I am looking forward to books 2 and 3. We are finishing up construction on our new home in the next few weeks and I look forward to planting hydrangeas and peonies.
I am so looking forward to trying to grow rudbeckia sahara… Thank you for sharing your huge success with us your readers and fans! I bought your book this past summer and am so excited to try my first round of dalias this year! So inpried by everything you do! The Cut Flower Garden arrived on my doorstep as the planning of our first season was in full swing. I reached for it constantly while planting, harvesting and arranging our first blooms. Your seeds, passion and knowledge will always be a part of our gardens! I am most excited to grow zinnias and cosmos in my tiny balcony in the city.
Thanks to you magic will happen in my small garden in Poland! I was at my local Costco the last month and saw they were selling a grow kit that included a peony. I always thought So. Every year I try growing different varieties and without fail, every year zinnias steal the show! I am most excited to start growing California Poppies this year! The colors are just gorgeous and we finally have some land freed up to plant some! This will be my first year planning a cut flower garden and growing anything from seeds.
Thank you so much for sharing your gift with this community and being an inspiration to new gardeners like me. I am looking forward to seeing what does well in my garden and have selected a variety of seeds to try this year. I am super excited to grow Chantilly snapdragons this year! Congratulations on the success of the first book, the completed manuscript of the second and contract for the third! My dream is to grow a wild glower meadow in my suburban front yard which will include lots of Ranunculi.
Thank you for all your educational information and wonderful pictures! My failures last year were many, but a beautiful sunflower that bloomed was partly what encouraged me to try again this year! I paint watercolors of poppies alot and your poppies are just incredible. You are so very inspiring…… peace, CheyAnne cheyannesexton on Instagram And cheyannesexton on Etsy too. A modern flower shop selling freshly picked local farm flowers!
Congrats on your book news! Thank you so much!? I am looking forward to growing more dahlias this summer. I want to own all of your books and start a huge healing community flower garden. Flowers are magical??? What am I NOT excited to plant this year?!? Thank you for sharing your passion with us. I love growing flowers and a vegetable garden both are good for my soul. I am excited for dahlias this year. I love all flowers and I would love to cultivate a garden that evolves through the seasons!
My favorite are the spring flowers; hyacinth, tulips, signaling the end of winter and break into the warmer months! I am very excited for the coming growing season. Most of all because it will be my first year with more cutflowers dan vegetables in my producegarden. And yes, that is because of the Floret blog and book. You make it seem achievable even for the non-commercial grower. But I did manage to get seeds of Rudbeckia triloba and I am really looking forward to that one. In your pictures it looks like a yellow cloud of wild flowers. Congratulations on the third book!
Sweat peas! Now it just needs to stop snowing in Seattle …. Most excited to grow and give sweet peas! They are ever so delicate, but pack a colorful punch. Thank you for all of the inspiration, and for reinvigorating the joy of growing and giving flowers, simply for the pleasure and joy they bring :. Thank you so much for generously sharing your wisdom and encouragement! This year I am excited to grow Sweet Annie and some new varieties of rudbeckia! My first from Floret! Im most excited to plant sunflowers! My son picked them out so it will be our spring project together.
Good luck everyone!! Grow bigger than ever before! I am so excited to read your book. Thanks for all you do to inspire us immensely. Congratulations on the book deals and all the new happenings in your life! I have the most success with hydrangeas and have over 20 of them planted around our home. So, I live vicariously through your beautiful pictures. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face every time I pick up your book, read your blog, and check your Instagram posts!
Walking in Ireland at the moment. Fields of daffodils in the most inexpected of places: beauty will save the world. Thank you for sharing your vision of beauty with us. I am so excited for these new books to come out!!! Cut Flower Garden has been my sanity through these cold winter months in Utah, adding a splash of color to our white world here. My newborn baby and I read the headings while snuggling on our couch, and look at the pictures together. I am most excited to begin collecting peonies and David Austin roses this year! The fluffy loveliness and amazing fragrances they provide make them a must for my floral arrangements!
Your updates bring some springtime and sunshine to me every time I read them. I have had your book for a while now, which lead to me enrolling in the online course, which has helped me gain confindence to step out on my own flower farm journey. Thank you so much for all you do. With much love and gratitude —. I love growing coreopsis. The flowers are so pretty and delicate. I love getting your emails full of inspiring ideas and mood lifting photos. View all 8 comments.
Jul 28, G. I do enjoy a well written WW2 story, so when I read about this book I had to snap it up!
What can I say? It is superficially written, has rather shallow characters and just did not work for me. I believe it is meant to be based on a true story, but there is little evidence of this. View 2 comments. Mar 08, Ellie Midwood rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , wwii-fiction. The language is beautiful and descriptive and immediately immerses you into the atmosphere of the German Black Forest, where Franka finds an injured Luftwaffe pilot. However, as Franka is braving the snow trying to help the German, he mutters something in English, and the charade starts unraveling, which will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
I loved it, and I would definitely recommend it. A really great story. View 1 comment. Historical fiction about rescue of an airman by a German resistor. This book was a mixed bag for me. While I found elements to enjoy, such as basing it around resistors in Nazi Germany, there were quite a few inconsistencies in the plot, and I found it a bit contrived. The White Rose organization existed, but t Historical fiction about rescue of an airman by a German resistor. The White Rose organization existed, but the protagonist appears to be fabricated, along with the airman she rescues.
I wish the author had addressed which parts are historically based. The book also employs terms that are inaccurate for the time and location. The writing was basic, but it was a quick read and I was interested to find out what happened. I obtained this book as a Kindle First free book of the month and have not had much success with them.
Apr 01, Kathleen rated it did not like it. This book started with a great bang and I was so excited to be reading it. I'm sad, but I'm moving on. View all 6 comments. The novel was extensively researched and the story was engaging. I highly recommend this excellent book. I wanted to like this book. The story was compelling and from a fascinating POV but the dialogue Jack and Franka's interactions were stilted and without emotion. The dialogue was flat.
I never believed the two characters fell in love because their interaction was emotionless. Feb 05, Lisa rated it liked it. The story of a German woman with anti-Nazi sentiments and and the American spy posing as a German soldier that she finds wounded in the snow and cares for in her secluded cabin.
Would make a decent movie. The story moves along pretty well and the settings and characters are rounded out pretty well, but the dialogue is stilted and the romance contrived. Jul 02, Paola rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. It's a very unlikely pair with a desperate and dangerous mission This was a good read and a page turner, if you enjoy this gender, then this is for you.
Sorry - didn't really get on with this. It's fine as a pulp adventure - but action was predicable, characters two dimensional and the ending very unsatisfactory. Don't know if this is how the book was written or edited but I really don't like weird Americanisms in a book where the characters and action are European The Girl from Krakow - I'm looking at you and analogies such as when the author talks about the principle character removing some thoughts? Ending was pure soap opera and totally expected.. Sorry to be harsh. Mar 13, Jph12 rated it liked it Shelves: wwii , fiction , history.
Historical fiction heavy on the fiction and light on the facts it seems like the only things that actually happened was the rise and fall of the White Rose resistance group. The book is at it's best when it focuses on life in Germany under the Nazis. My favorites parts were the flashbacks to the White Rose. I also liked the depiction of the ordinary Germans turned informants. It added a nice sense of paranoia. I wasn't so fond of the main characters, and especially not their love story.
They se Historical fiction heavy on the fiction and light on the facts it seems like the only things that actually happened was the rise and fall of the White Rose resistance group. They seemed too much like idealizations rather than real people. The American man--handsome, rich, but noble enough to still enlist as a private in the Marines and brave enough to earn the admiration of his fellow grunts.
The German woman--beautiful, Nazis and resistance members alike recognize her wonderfulness, dated the quarterback in high school. And the ending is a little over the top. Oh no, she's spotted! But they get away. But there's a cliff blocking their way! They're not gonna make it. She tries to sacrifice her life to save him and help defeat the Nazis! But he's an asshole so he deprives her of her noble sacrifice and comes back to rescue her! Oh no, even though he can take out four soldiers in the back of a truck, he still gets shot by a dying Gestapo agent climbing down off of a military transport truck.
He's not gonna make it. But she has the power of her love. They make it! And live happily ever after, of course. That might be fine in a work of science fiction or fantasy, but it bothers me in books attempting to present a more realistic story. Miraculous escapes and miraculous stories of survival just don't work when the miracles aren't real. While out collecting firewood in the forest, she comes across an unconscious airman lying in the snow.
Being a nurse, she isn't willing to leave him to die. She takes him to her isolated cabin despite her hatred of the regime he represents. He is wearing a familiar uniform, but is he who he appears to be? This was a short read, with all the makings of a thriller. I wanted to like this way more than I did. The dialogue was a bit forced and predictable. The first bit was excellent, while the in between was lacking and a bit repetitive. As far as the last 50 pages, it was the best part of the book, but I would have liked to have seen more of an extended conclusion.
Are epilogues too much to ask for?? I received this book through Kindle Firsts in February I'll be honest; I've been in a book rut. I start books and then lose interest quickly. What an adventure! From the first few pages onward this book does not let up on the tension. There were many times I could feel the anxiousness and fear of the characters. It was a true historical fiction thriller. While there are many questions I had reading the first chapter they w I received this book through Kindle Firsts in February While there are many questions I had reading the first chapter they were all successfully answered later on.
Up to the very end I wasn't sure what the outcome was going to be. It was so good I read it in a few hours and lost quite a bit of sleep. This is my first experience with this author and I look forward to reading his other books. Happens to be the only book that intrigued me in months and of course, it's not out yet. I cry! Jul 31, Elaine rated it it was ok Shelves: kindle , prime-unlimited ,