The Secret Sense of Wildflower



“A quietly powerful story, at times harrowing but ultimately a joy to read.”
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The Secret Sense of Wildflower is eloquent and moving tale chock-filled with themes of inner strength, family and love that will resonate with teenagers and adults, alike.”  – Maya Fleischmann,

“I raced to get to the conclusion…but didn’t really want to read the last few pages because then it would be over!” – Nancy Purcell

“Wow, I was not at all prepared for this book, it was so great! I read it all in one sitting. Very easy to get into and I could not put down.” – J.B.

“This was chosen by our book club as our book for the month. I am so happy it was! It was the best book of the year, which was the opinion held by most of the group.” – Cecilia

“Read this author for the first time and wait eagerly for her sequel. She writes as one who knows the region and customs.” – Ruth Lee

“The story really drew you in and became a page turner very quickly. I highly recommend this book.” – Bama Chick

“This was a wonderful book. From the moment I started reading I was hooked, the characters were so real that I felt I knew them, and I was not ready to put the book down when it ended.” – Loyce A. Henderson

“And the story rolled along so smoothly, I didn’t even realize I was at the end. So invested in the characters, I missed the warning signs that the story was almost over! Now THAT is good writing!” – Michelle H. Powell

About the Author

Susan Gabriel is an acclaimed writer who lives in themountains of North Carolina. Her novel, TheSecret Sense of Wildflower, earned a starred review (“for books ofremarkable merit”) from Kirkus Reviews: “A quietly powerful story, attimes harrowing but ultimately a joy to read.” It was also selected as oneof Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2012.

Her latest novel is Temple Secrets (southern humorous fiction), and she is also the author of Grits, Ghosts and Grace: Southern Short StoriesFearless Writing for Women, Quentinand the Cave Boy, Circle of the Ancestors and Seeking SaraSummers which has garnered international attention since its publication in2008. Discover more about Susan at


Appalachia, 1941. Thirteen-year-old Louisa May “Wildflower” McAllister’s heart still aches for her father. A year after her dad’s tragic sawmill accident, she relies on her strength of spirit and her heightened intuition to deal with a critical mother and cope with the aftermath.

But when she’s targeted by the town’s teenage bully, she may need more than her “secret sense” to survive.

Despite these hardships, Wildflower has a resilience that is forged with humor, a love of the land, and an endless supply of questions to God. But after an affront to her father’s memory, she lets her anger get the better of her and unwittingly triggers a series of traumatic events that will change her life forever.

Will Wildflower fall to another tragedy or will her faith in her family and herself be enough to carry her through?

With prose as lush and colorful as the American South, The Secret Sense of Wildflower is powerful and poignant, brimming with energy and angst, humor and hope.



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