Where petals fall - Melissa Foster





"With vivid prose and a tender heart, Melissa Foster has crafted a psychological and emotional mystery fueled by love in all its forms."

Jennie Shortridge

Author of Love Water Memory


On the surface Junie Olson’s life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she always dreamed of opening. But in the past few months her world has slowly unraveled.  Her precocious child is withdrawing, showing unexplainable signs of emotional regression, a condition that frays the bonds of Junie’s once impenetrable marriage.  When her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Junie packs up her daughter and goes home to help her mother.  Her homecoming stirs up memories of the nightmare she thought she had put behind her, the disappearance of her childhood friend, Ellen.  Haunted by recurring memories of what happened on that fateful day, Junie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the secrets surrounding her missing friend, and the trauma that has caused her little girl to climb back into herself. As the pieces come together on the event that shook her small town, and at the risk of losing everyone she loves, Junie will question everything she thought she could rely on and everyone she thought she knew.


WHERE PETALS FALL is a gripping and emotional novel with an undercurrent of suspense, featuring a determined mother whose world slowly comes apart around her.  Where Petals Fall will appeal to fans of Lisa Scottoline's Save Me or Jodi Picoult's Salem Falls, who love an emotional and gripping read. They will root for Junie as they follow her transition into an indomitable heroine who must reconcile what she discovers about her husband and family’s tragic past, and find a way to put the pieces of her family back together and carry on. 


About the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 


Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.


Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. 

My review

This is the first book of Melissa Foster’s that I have read as I was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked the characterization as the reader immediately identifies with Junie as her seemingly perfect world begins to crumble around her. Firstly her daughter is suffering from some kind of regression and while various reasons are put forward for her behavior, it isn’t until the end that we find out why. Melissa Foster kept me hooked throughout and the ending wasn’t at all what I expected. I read a lot of thrillers and romantic suspense so that is no mean feat.

The second problem that Junie faces is her marriage crumbling as her husband Brian works longer and longer hours. I didn’t really warm to him at all but I’m sure this is the author’s intention. He seems to care little for his wife or daughter and blames Junie for mothering her. When Junie faces a family crisis, she is left to deal with it on her own. It is only later that we come to understand the reason why he is distant and I'm sure the reader will be hoping against hope that they manage to sort out their problems.

I liked the way that the disappearance of Junie’s friend Ellen is woven gradually into the story and how the repercussions affect the life today of all those who knew the missing child.. The flashbacks were extremely well done to give us just the amount of information we need. There are twists and turns and secrets galore, which add to the interest.

Best for...

Those who like exploring relationshps with a psychological twist

My rating

4/5 very enjoyable

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Shaz Goodwin | Reply 13.01.2014 18.31

Fabulous review Julie. So glad you enjoyed Where Petals Fall.

Thank you for being a part of Melissa's tour.


julie ryan 13.01.2014 18.34

Thanks Shaz

Melissa Foster | Reply 13.01.2014 17.21

I'm so glad you enjoyed Junie's story and that I kept you guessing until the end ;)
Thank you for your awesome review and for posting it on your site!! XOXO

julie ryan 13.01.2014 18.15

My pleasure Melissa xx

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Wonderful review, for a wonderful lady and Author.

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Great review for an equally great book by Mary

Yesterday | 18:26

When reading all the reviews I just can not wait to read this for myself. I adore stories of hardship and how they unfold and hopefully have a good ending.

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Another great review for a brilliant author.

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