“Heartache’s not all that bad. It reminds you that what you felt was real.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Format: Physical Copy
Thank you Wunderkind PR for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.
Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.
Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she’s always known.
With lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure, A Constellation of Roses is the perfect companion to Miranda Asebedo’s debut novel The Deepest Roots.
Do you ever just stumble across a story that feels so good for you heart? Like, if you’re going through something tough, it gently helps you put back the pieces of your life…because that’s exactly what this book did. There is always something about contemporary stories with a touch of magical realism that just suck me right in and this book as no exception. A girl with a troubled past who has a gift for stealing things and uses it as a means of survival is given a new chance at life. However, her new chance at life comes as a plea bargain to avoid jail time for getting caught stealing and packing up her life on the run to an actual home in the middle of nowhere Rocksaw, Kansas.
Trix, was an absolute gem and I LOVED her character growth in this. Honestly, character driven stories are the way to my heart and I absolutely adored how the author shaped Trix throughout this story. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely broke my heart at times but at the end my heart was so happy that I may have even teared up a little bit. This book was everything I hoped Practical Magic would have been. Mia, was so kind and gentle with Trix and I loved that she didn’t try to pry into Trix’s life and instead understood that when the time was right Trix would tell her about her past. I adored Ember and was so happy to see Trix help her grow and become more comfortable around people after years of secluding herself from everyone. And Auntie was….well, Auntie. I loved her attitude and more times than not I was hysterically laughing at the things she said. Together Trix, Mia, Auntie, and Ember made an incredible group of women who carried this story on their backs and warmed my heart so much.
A few other things that I loved about this besides our leading ladies were the other characters in this story that Trix meets at school. The fact that the other girls at school where nice to Trix (even when she wasn’t that nice to them) and not hellbent on being assholes like most stories would have done was so good. I love when authors write women actually getting along and being nice to one another instead of putting them in competition with one another. I obviously also loved the very subtle hint of magical realism throughout this, that all the McCabe women had their own special gifts. It was so perfect. I ADORED the soft romance between Jasper and Trix. And last but not least, the heavier topics this book also touched upon besides Trix being abandoned by her mother. There are so many lessons Trix endures on her journey throughout this book and they’re definitely not easy but they sure are beautiful.
“You have to decide if you’ll bloom or if you’ll wither. Put down roots or you’ll die.”
“All I know is that it’s the good memories that cut the deepest, because those are the ones where you remember what you’ve lost.”
“The thing about being pushed away is that it feels a little bit better when you get to do it to someone else, too. That way you’re not hurting alone.”
All in all, from the writing, to the plot, to the characters, I enjoyed this immensely and may have even ordered the The Deepest Roots by this author during Book Outlet’s Black Friday sale. I mean, especially when I heard that this book can read as a companion novel I was sold!
tw: abandonment from a parent, drug use, overdose, mention of suicide
Until next time,