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In the wake of tragedy, two sisters have to piece their family back together again... Grace never thought she'd have to return home to Floral Street. Having spent most of her life building a successful career in London, she's done everything she possibly can to avoid the flower stall that's been in her family for generations. But when tragedy hits, she's got no choice. It's In the wake of tragedy, two sisters have to piece their family back together again... Grace never thought she'd have to return home to Floral Street. Having spent most of her life building a successful career in London, she's done everything she possibly can to avoid the flower stall that's been in her family for generations. But when tragedy hits, she's got no choice. It's time to face the demons of the past and support her family. Faith has returned home after years travelling the world. The baby of the family, she always struggled to find her place. She thought that her life would be different after a trip across the globe, but as she settles back into life in her childhood room she has to come to terms with the fact her life isn't quite what she expected. And she has no way of getting out of the rut she finds herself in. Faith and Grace have never seen eye-to-eye, always clashing, never forgiving. But they might just find a way to understand one another, to fight their way through their grief and come out stronger. By opening up, they'll discover they aren't so different at all. And family will always be there for you.


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In the wake of tragedy, two sisters have to piece their family back together again... Grace never thought she'd have to return home to Floral Street. Having spent most of her life building a successful career in London, she's done everything she possibly can to avoid the flower stall that's been in her family for generations. But when tragedy hits, she's got no choice. It's In the wake of tragedy, two sisters have to piece their family back together again... Grace never thought she'd have to return home to Floral Street. Having spent most of her life building a successful career in London, she's done everything she possibly can to avoid the flower stall that's been in her family for generations. But when tragedy hits, she's got no choice. It's time to face the demons of the past and support her family. Faith has returned home after years travelling the world. The baby of the family, she always struggled to find her place. She thought that her life would be different after a trip across the globe, but as she settles back into life in her childhood room she has to come to terms with the fact her life isn't quite what she expected. And she has no way of getting out of the rut she finds herself in. Faith and Grace have never seen eye-to-eye, always clashing, never forgiving. But they might just find a way to understand one another, to fight their way through their grief and come out stronger. By opening up, they'll discover they aren't so different at all. And family will always be there for you.

30 review for The Little Shop on Floral Street: an emotional story of love, loss and family

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    There’s no tussle like a family tussle, and author Jane Lacey-Crane uses this to mine every bit of tension, drama, and misunderstanding possible. Grace and Faith could not be more different—so they assume—and the result is constant sniping that permeates the first part of the book. Yes, there are times when both of them seem frustratingly unreasonable. However, this speaks to the Lacey-Crane’s expert abilities: she’s crafted two flawed characters who aren’t always easy to understand. They’re rea There’s no tussle like a family tussle, and author Jane Lacey-Crane uses this to mine every bit of tension, drama, and misunderstanding possible. Grace and Faith could not be more different—so they assume—and the result is constant sniping that permeates the first part of the book. Yes, there are times when both of them seem frustratingly unreasonable. However, this speaks to the Lacey-Crane’s expert abilities: she’s crafted two flawed characters who aren’t always easy to understand. They’re real, complicated people, and their journeys are ultimately so much more rewarding because of their rocky start. And what a tumultuous beginning it is. Lacey-Crane drags her characters together with a tragedy so devastating it should come with a box of tissues. It’s an incredibly effective moment heightened by her tight, focused writing. She doesn’t embellish disaster, but rather, lets Grace and Faith explore it in a natural way. The result is heartbreaking. However, things are not always so bleak. There’s, fittingly, hope in these pages. Both Grace and Faith are at turning points in their lives, forging new paths when it comes to love, work, and family. Grace finds a bit of comfort from a handsome photographer, Matthew, while Faith searches for some structure while she’s not globetrotting. For all the tears and tugging on heartstrings, Lacey-Crane knows how to drop in plenty of fun and tender moments to lighten the action. Beautifully written and powerful, The Little Shop on Floral Street is a perfect read. Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Review also published at https://pluckedfromthestacks.wordpres...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    What a beautiful story of loss and hope, tears and laughter, strangeness and familiarity, in short, a story about sisters and family. A second chance at life to build bridges. Grace, Hope, Faith were three sisters where Faith was estranged. Grace had an ax to grind. Hope was close to Grace, yet far away from Faith. In the center of them, was Maggie, their loving mum. A catastrophe struck, and they lost everything. They had to start from scratch, support each other, build their relationships, and What a beautiful story of loss and hope, tears and laughter, strangeness and familiarity, in short, a story about sisters and family. A second chance at life to build bridges. Grace, Hope, Faith were three sisters where Faith was estranged. Grace had an ax to grind. Hope was close to Grace, yet far away from Faith. In the center of them, was Maggie, their loving mum. A catastrophe struck, and they lost everything. They had to start from scratch, support each other, build their relationships, and become a family again. The story might seem familiar, but the words building it up were loving almost like the folds of a cashmere blanket, holding me safe when I needed to ground myself. The writing flowed around me like a gentle stream, just like life, showing me different facets of the three sisters. It took them time, but they got there, love binding them. The prose showcased the author’s talents where each word was laden with emotions, some wrenching my heart while bringing a smile to my face. These relationships, which ought to have been easy, were fraught with tension and drama. There were a couple of secrets peeking out. This was a story about real people where a tragedy bound them with the strings of love and helped them heal. Nothing was easy, but this family got there. And I loved going on this journey where even they lost hope, they found their support in each other. New relationships saw them facing life once again where love abounded and it was all true. Friends come and go. SISTERS ARE FOREVER.

  3. 5 out of 5

    booklover BEV

    Set in London, Grace Watson works for Oliver Whyman floral designs, having two younger sisters Hope and Faith, her mum and dad who is also a florist, it runs in the family. Grace lives with her boyfriend David an estate agent buying a house in Windsor together. Throughout the book that is sharp and witty in places, the book focused on all the sister's lives. Such a breath of fresh air feeling, it was a delight to read. Loved it Set in London, Grace Watson works for Oliver Whyman floral designs, having two younger sisters Hope and Faith, her mum and dad who is also a florist, it runs in the family. Grace lives with her boyfriend David an estate agent buying a house in Windsor together. Throughout the book that is sharp and witty in places, the book focused on all the sister's lives. Such a breath of fresh air feeling, it was a delight to read. Loved it

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Tonge

    This read wasn't at all what I expected and was full of twists and turns. The story focuses on three very different sisters Faith, Grace and Hope and we follow each of their journeys and one that they share together. It's primarily a story about family, with a generous dollop of romance and enjoyable side of humour. I found it difficult to put down! There was no slack, the pace kept me gripped and I found myself racing to the end to find out what happened. And I did like the colourful theme of f This read wasn't at all what I expected and was full of twists and turns. The story focuses on three very different sisters Faith, Grace and Hope and we follow each of their journeys and one that they share together. It's primarily a story about family, with a generous dollop of romance and enjoyable side of humour. I found it difficult to put down! There was no slack, the pace kept me gripped and I found myself racing to the end to find out what happened. And I did like the colourful theme of floristry. A moving, emotional and funny read to escape into. It was just lovely!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review Loved the cover of this book but afraid the pettiness between grace hope and faith was rather tiresome I found the book not for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Price

    I love this story. Its packed full of so many emotions. I smiled, I cried, I laughed and I was annoyed. There are so many different emotions in this book, anger, frustration, grief, sadness, love and so much more. This book has it all. Sibling rivalry is a big thing in this novel. All three sisters have their own issues and have all really different personalities. It took me a while to get to grips with who was who of the sisters but once I did I enjoyed it even more. I really needed a tissue part I love this story. Its packed full of so many emotions. I smiled, I cried, I laughed and I was annoyed. There are so many different emotions in this book, anger, frustration, grief, sadness, love and so much more. This book has it all. Sibling rivalry is a big thing in this novel. All three sisters have their own issues and have all really different personalities. It took me a while to get to grips with who was who of the sisters but once I did I enjoyed it even more. I really needed a tissue part way through the book. It was so sad. I love the way the story unfolds through the book. The difficult relationships seem to improve after the sad thing that happens and with a bit of honest conversation which in interesting. When something like a death happens you realise the world doesn't stop, nothing changes for others it's just for you so it helps a bit to recognise that. It's really heartwarming when Grace is reunited with some of her old school friends.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Coulter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Grace the youngest of 3 sisters lives in Windsor with her boyfriend David. Things are not right with them, when a family tragedy happens and she moves home with her parents and sister Faith. Her sister Hope who she is very close with, is hit by a driver going way to fast. She doesn’t survive the accident. This has such a toll on Grace. Years ago she saw her father going at it in the back of a car with some young woman and she has never forgiven him. At this point when she was 16 she moved out. T Grace the youngest of 3 sisters lives in Windsor with her boyfriend David. Things are not right with them, when a family tragedy happens and she moves home with her parents and sister Faith. Her sister Hope who she is very close with, is hit by a driver going way to fast. She doesn’t survive the accident. This has such a toll on Grace. Years ago she saw her father going at it in the back of a car with some young woman and she has never forgiven him. At this point when she was 16 she moved out. They both had a love for flowers, Grace did this as a job as well as her father having a flower stand at the market. Grace takes her fathers place at the market the day the family goes to the funeral parlour and meets Matthew a photographer who she had met at a work party with her bf David. They have an instant connection and spend time together during this sad time in her life. Her father has gambled the business away so the parents sell the house to get their life back on track and her father retired from the business. Grace breaks up with David and stays with her family she is glad to be home she is finally happy. She builds a business at The Star in the yard of a friend. She will later have a flat on the property. Matthew and her connect and are together. She has her grand opening of her Flower Shop on the flower cart. Matthew comes with a photo he took of her working to put up in her shop. David shows up with chocolate and apparently has broken up with his gf and wants Grace back but it’s too late. Grace is in love with Matthew they are perfect together... Faith went away after the funeral and is back for the opening, she had some things to settle in Bali..a story with lots of twists and turns. It caught me by surprise that’s for sure, lots of tears with this story. So different from the last two she has written. She has certainly grown as a writer! I can’t wait for the next one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    Grace, Hope and Faith all grew up with the family floral shop as the centerpoint of their lives, and while Grace and Hope did the obligatory ‘work for the firm’ jobs, Faith was left to her own devices which caused no end of strife for the sisters. But now things have taken a tragic turn, forcing Grace to return to the childhood home she left at sixteen never to look back. Adding to that, her youngest and most ‘spoiled’ sister Faith is back at home, and the two are constantly clashing. While home Grace, Hope and Faith all grew up with the family floral shop as the centerpoint of their lives, and while Grace and Hope did the obligatory ‘work for the firm’ jobs, Faith was left to her own devices which caused no end of strife for the sisters. But now things have taken a tragic turn, forcing Grace to return to the childhood home she left at sixteen never to look back. Adding to that, her youngest and most ‘spoiled’ sister Faith is back at home, and the two are constantly clashing. While home and working in the family flower shop, Grace discovers that things are far worse than suspected, and while she has always wanted her own floral business, her work now with a high-end florist and the toast of London, while she puts out fires and makes things work for them isn’t doable with the crisis at home. What emerges is a ton of family history and secrets, and plenty of time for the sisters to grow up and let go of their childhood resentments and struggles, as their family tries to move forward. With new opportunity and a supremely supportive former boss and friend, not to mention a new ‘love’ interest, the opportunity for Grace to start anew along a path that she’d dreamed of for years is wonderful. Emotionally raw and poignant, there’s never enough time to say what you want to – a point made clear in several of the relationships we encounter in this book. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rev Hannah

    A story of family, love, loss and new beginnings. I loved the way this book started by introducing the Watson Sisters through their conversations and interactions with each other. Painting a picture of family with history, flecked with images of the past. When tragedy strikes the story pivots, and it was this that made it into a page turner. I found myself rooting for each of the characters, feeling their highs and lows. As with all stories there were threads I wanted developed further, like Faith A story of family, love, loss and new beginnings. I loved the way this book started by introducing the Watson Sisters through their conversations and interactions with each other. Painting a picture of family with history, flecked with images of the past. When tragedy strikes the story pivots, and it was this that made it into a page turner. I found myself rooting for each of the characters, feeling their highs and lows. As with all stories there were threads I wanted developed further, like Faith's story, or how Grace ended up working for Oliver. Some time references would have been useful too - I was unsure how old the sisters were, and the few clues in the text took a little brain power to work out. The last chapter is almost an epilogue, a neat way of rounding off the the story without sorting everything out. It left me with a big smile and warm feeling. Lovely read.... more please!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Céline Lewis

    Where to start? The characters all have problems communicating with eachother and just keep getting frustrated or angry at eachother because they feel the other doesn’t get them, instead of telling what they are really feeling they juste bottles up everything and I got to a point I was frustrated at them and don’t get me start with Grace’s boyfriend. The book deals with issue that does happen in real life, but I just can’t get into it I get too frustrated at them. I’m 22% in the book and I juste Where to start? The characters all have problems communicating with eachother and just keep getting frustrated or angry at eachother because they feel the other doesn’t get them, instead of telling what they are really feeling they juste bottles up everything and I got to a point I was frustrated at them and don’t get me start with Grace’s boyfriend. The book deals with issue that does happen in real life, but I just can’t get into it I get too frustrated at them. I’m 22% in the book and I juste can’t stand it. It probably gets better but I just don’t have the patience and energy to continue to see how it will turn out. Thanks @netgalley for the arc copy of this book but unfortunately I can’t continue to force myself reading this one. This book was not for me. The little Shop on Floral Street by Jane Lacey-Crane pub date was August 13th, 2020

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Sanders

    I really enjoyed this books. A story full of family troubles, but blood been thicker than water and family love conquers all. A story of family tragedy that had me close to tears. A story of different characters wanting different things from life. A story of picking up where you have left off and of friends for life by your your side. And a story of discovering how unhappiness and just living with what life throws can be transformed into happiness and a life that has been dreamt of. A fantastic I really enjoyed this books. A story full of family troubles, but blood been thicker than water and family love conquers all. A story of family tragedy that had me close to tears. A story of different characters wanting different things from life. A story of picking up where you have left off and of friends for life by your your side. And a story of discovering how unhappiness and just living with what life throws can be transformed into happiness and a life that has been dreamt of. A fantastic author capturing from the beginning and taking me on a journey. First time I have read a book by Jane Lacey Crane, and loved her style of writing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ***Cheryl***

    This book took me a little my surprise as I read it as it wasn't the read I was expecting but in a good way. The story is about three sisters, Faith, Hope and Grace and the story is told from of their POV. Part of the story is also about the families flower stall in the local market ran by their dad. What you get from this story is a story about family and their relationship with each other. However there is also the element of romance also thrown in my the author. At times this was an emotional This book took me a little my surprise as I read it as it wasn't the read I was expecting but in a good way. The story is about three sisters, Faith, Hope and Grace and the story is told from of their POV. Part of the story is also about the families flower stall in the local market ran by their dad. What you get from this story is a story about family and their relationship with each other. However there is also the element of romance also thrown in my the author. At times this was an emotional read but it also had some sweet moments between the sisters and family too. The author took you on a journey with the family and I got hooked quickly into the story especially when a certain event took place about 40% that I was not expecting at all. Overall this was a great read which I really enjoyed. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    Completely adored the sister relationships in this story, so completely real and believable, the bickering and arguing, but the love and devotion, just amazing relationships. It’s funny, but also emotional Bring tissues you’ll need them) and full of the importance of family and relationships. Just a beautiful story with wonderful writing, thoroughly and highly recommended Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    A book about the draw of family, sibling rivalry and overcoming life's cruel twists. Grace comes back to her family and finds that her dad's flower business is struggling. Each member of the family is failing to deal with life but trying to find the path to bringing everything together again. I loved the floral side to the book- can just imagine how pretty everything was. There is a real sense of community pulling together. A book about the draw of family, sibling rivalry and overcoming life's cruel twists. Grace comes back to her family and finds that her dad's flower business is struggling. Each member of the family is failing to deal with life but trying to find the path to bringing everything together again. I loved the floral side to the book- can just imagine how pretty everything was. There is a real sense of community pulling together.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    2 Parents, 3 sisters and life full of ups and downs. This book is amazing - I really loved it. I could say I couldn't put it down is a little white lie...... Family, trip to the dentist and heaps of daily stuff meant I HAD to put it down. However believe me when I say I can highly recommend this. You too will love it I am sure. 2 Parents, 3 sisters and life full of ups and downs. This book is amazing - I really loved it. I could say I couldn't put it down is a little white lie...... Family, trip to the dentist and heaps of daily stuff meant I HAD to put it down. However believe me when I say I can highly recommend this. You too will love it I am sure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mrs J Beavis

    This is a very enjoyable book to read, it is one of downs before ups but is well written and the author has really caught the spirit of life. This could so easily be a true tale and it made for a good read. I cried in several parts but others made up for that. I am giving this 5 stars and recommend everyone to read it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Without giving the plot away, I will just say that this was a hard book to read. There were tissues on more than one occasion. It was not the normal light reading that I go for as a bedtime read. I did, however, want to know how it all panned out and whether the characters came to a resolution. Thanks to the publishers and Net Galley for the ARC to review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Jarlvi

    This was exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now - smooth, lovely writing, which also made me miss the UK (in a good way). Family drama focused on the relationship between sisters; their differences, arguments but also sense of humour. And I loved the colourful florist shop, which was at the centre of the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jemima Reads

    This was the first book I read by Jane Lacey-Crane and definitely won't be the last. I enjoyed her writing, and appreciate this is a lovely little read, a wonderful feel-good book, perfect as a weekend read. Disclosure: I'd like to thank the publisher for my advanced reader copy. This is my honest review. https://jemimareads.wordpress.com/ https://www.instagram.com/jemimareads... This was the first book I read by Jane Lacey-Crane and definitely won't be the last. I enjoyed her writing, and appreciate this is a lovely little read, a wonderful feel-good book, perfect as a weekend read. Disclosure: I'd like to thank the publisher for my advanced reader copy. This is my honest review. https://jemimareads.wordpress.com/ https://www.instagram.com/jemimareads...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Savannah

    Grace never thought she'd have to return home to Floral Street. Having spent most of her life building a successful career in London, she's done everything she possibly can to avoid the flower stall that's been in her family for generations. But when tragedy hits, she's got no choice. Grace never thought she'd have to return home to Floral Street. Having spent most of her life building a successful career in London, she's done everything she possibly can to avoid the flower stall that's been in her family for generations. But when tragedy hits, she's got no choice.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. I liked this story, it moved and made me smile. The characters are realistic and fleshed out, the plot kept me hooked. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. I liked this story, it moved and made me smile. The characters are realistic and fleshed out, the plot kept me hooked. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Waters

    I loved this book, it was so uplifting and just perfect for a sunny day in the garden. Was so hooked I read it in two and a half days. Looking forward to reading more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shae Miller

    Not a bad story easy to read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Readsandeats

    I am afraid that this book didn't appeal to me. I found the main character to flaky and that annoyed me. I am afraid that this book didn't appeal to me. I found the main character to flaky and that annoyed me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adam Bolton

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie Ann Wilson

  27. 4 out of 5

    dawn curtis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsey Stanford

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melville Scott

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joan Tobin

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