The Flower Seller – Ellie Holmes

When her husband William wants to divorce after more than 20 years marriage, Jessie is devastated. Until she meets Owen and recognises a fellow pearl diver


You can never have too many books for the holidays – whether you’re settling in on the beach or on a balcony, overlooking the ocean –  ready to be swept away by romance while you relax. Someone who is not comfortable with her life at this moment is Jessie. After a 21-year marriage, her husband William has fallen in love with a younger woman. Jessie is shocked, they have an 18-year old daughter Hannah, who just left for University, they are both solicitors at the same firm – their life seems perfect. Of course, there are little things, but after two decades of being together, there are bound to be a few.


According to Jessie’s philosophy on relationships these fall into three categories “the bottom dwellers, the skimmers and the ones who dive for pearls.” Jessie always considered her and William to be the pearl divers, bound by a deep and mutual love, trust and loyalty. She is not one to dwell on shallow pebbles on the beach, nice to look at, but washed away with the slightest pressure. When Jessie is in a relationship, she wants the commitment you share with your soul mate. This is what William has walked away from and that hurts. As sad and devastated Jessie is, she is also angry. She has to face the gossip and people, she has to be amidst the same colleagues as her husband. Yes, her husband, because Jessie just cannot cope with what William is doing and she refuses him a divorce. Is she being childish? In all probability, but why did William throw away their marriage and betray her like this? The one thing Jessie has left is her beautiful house The Lodge, her solid base in life.

Her daughter Hannah is pushing Jessie to start dating. When Jessie meets ten years younger flower seller Owen Phillips, with his beautiful blue eyes, she instantly feels a connection. Could Owen be a pearl diver like Jessie, someone worth diving deep for? Everyone around her notices how well Jessie feels and looks, Hannah, William, their colleagues and friends. Perhaps now is the time for Jessie to handle the divorce from William. Now Jessie is ready for the divorce, somehow William lacks his former enthusiasm to end their bond. Is this why Jessie can’t reach her target to being made partner in their firm? Is William blocking her promotion out of selfishness and spite? The one thing left for Jessie is The Lodge and she needs to keep it, no matter what. With all that is going on, will Jessie be able to hold on to her home and be ready to jump in another love bond with a fellow pearl diver or is she doomed to stay on the beach playing with the pebbles?

My Thoughts

As troublesome as these questions seem, this book is a pleasant and enjoyable read. It has all the ingredients a romantic novel needs: love, hurt, betrayal, misunderstandings, lovemaking, endless kisses, finding a way to deal with situations, crying and picking up the pieces – with lessons to be learned along the way. Jessie is a really nice person, honest and easy to connect with, but the other characters in the book are, even if they’ve messed up thoroughly, still in their own way gentle and considerate. The point of view switching makes the book interesting, the natural dialogues feel genuine. The book is simply a delightful read.

About the Author 

Ellie Holmes Author Image

Ellie Holmes is a British author, who writes “books with a heart and soul and a dash of danger”  and takes her inspiration from “ the beautiful Essex countryside and the sublime Cornish coast.” ‘The Flower Seller’  is her 2016 romantic debut novel. In September 2016, ‘The Tregelian Hoard’, her first book in a series of cosy mysteries ‘ The Cornish Intrigue’ series is to be published.

Book Info

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 Paperback   450 pages
 Publisher   Whitefox (2 Jun. 2016)
 Language   English
 ISBN-10  0993446302
 ISBN-13  978-0993446306

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