Hello readers! This post will look a tad different from my usual reviews, because today I’m taking part in a blog tour supporting When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn! Today’s post includes my review of the book (as per usual), but also a links to a fun giveaway and some other bookish blogs taking part in the tour, so be sure to read to the end and check them out as well! Now, let’s get on to the book:
Synopsis (from the author): Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.
The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?
A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.
When Beauty Blooms is such a sweet novella. The protagonist, Marjorie, is a kind but awkward girl struggling to find her place. As an orphan, she does not have the support or guidance of a family. She does have some well-meaning friends and an equally kind chaperone, but they cannot fill the void in Marjorie’s heart. No matter how hard they all try, Marjorie simply isn’t comfortable in large groups and does not have the social skills expected of her. Unfortunately, this causes her to doubt her worth, and she questions the likelihood of realizing her dream of a happy future.
Woven into this coming-of-age tale are Biblical themes such as redemption, dependence on God, and peace. Ultimately, Marjorie finds her confidence when relying on God and acting boldly with the abilities He has given her, regardless of how this corresponds to society’s expectations. She truly is an endearing character; I couldn’t help but root for Marjorie to realize how worthy she truly is! While Marjorie’s struggle with self-worth is a central theme of the book, she is not incompetent and does not come off as whiny or annoying.
When Beauty Blooms could be a useful tool for starting conversations with preteen and teenage girls about recognizing their own self worth, especially within a Sunday school class or similar setting. It is short enough to read in a single day, straightforward in its message, and entirely uplifting. I do wish that Marjorie could have found her confidence through her own words and contemplations before a man told her she was beautiful and worthy, but even this can be helpful in a dialogue about where and why we are able to find self-worth.
Lynn proves herself a capable author of historical Christian fiction, and I eagerly look forward to reading her full-length works!
Now to the exciting part…
Enter to win a signed copy of When Beauty Blooms and an Amazon giftcard HERE! Good luck! Update: the giveaway is now closed! Congrats to the winner!!
Check out some of the other stops on the When Beauty Blooms blog tour: Allison did an interview with Victoria Lynn yesterday, and tomorrow Hosanna Emily will host a guest post by her. There is a lot of exciting content being created about When Beauty Blooms, and this gives just a taste of it!
You can find When Beauty Blooms for yourself on Amazon in paperback or Kindle formats, and learn more about it on Goodreads. Or, you can check out Victoria Lynn’s website Ruffles and Grace and hear about WBB and all of her other books in her own words.
It is very easy for me to recommend this book. The writing is simplistic and gets the point across clearly, but not so plain as to be boring or uninspired. It has an uplifting message, characters that are easy to relate to, and a pleasant story carrying important themes. Go check it out! And visit some of the other blogs on the tour while you’re at it!
Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.