Book Review - Star of Bethlehem (The Flowering Series) - Sarah Daltry

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I received the novella Star of Bethlehem from this series to read. It is the story of a young couple-the girl, Lily, grew up in a home with lots of family and friends and never had to worry about material things. Jack, well he came from a bad place with nothing but bad memories to haunt him. They meet in a college dorm and the sparks fly immediately. Lily needs to be herself, not what her Mother wants her to be and Jack is petrified that he is not good enough for her. These two are in love.

When Lily takes Jack to her parent's home for the traditional New Year's Eve party-he doesn't know what to expect or how to act. Lily is just as nervous but is bound and determined to make Jack as comfortable as possible. In between bouts of rather graphic sexual play these two finally begin to trust that each will really be there for the other come what may.

As midnight is upon them they are sitting on a bench, together, with the snow beginning to lightly fall and finally realize that each can be themselves with the other for all time.

Do not let the cover or the title fool you. There really is rather graphic sex depicted in this novella so if that disturbs you I would suggest you don't read it. If you are able to look beyond that to the human story you will not be disappointed.


Flowering is the story of Jack and Lily. They’re college kids with their own issues, who manage to find each other. What starts as physical attraction and sexual awakening becomes so much more. Jack is troubled, with a past that makes it hard for him to see the future. Lily comes from a perfect world where she’s expected to play the role she was given. When they’re together, though, Jack becomes someone even he cares for, and Lily becomes whole. This series is about growing up, about “flowering” into the person you become. It’s also about love and how it starts with one chance encounter and turns into a lifetime. Jack and Lily don’t have it easy, but they have each other. They’re not billionaires or rock stars or undercover agents; they’re just college
kids looking to be a little less alone in the world. Now complete in one volume. Includes the short stories, "Her Brother's Best Friend" and "Morning Glory;" the novels, Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, Blue Rose, and Orange Blossom; and the novellas,
Star of Bethlehem and Ambrosia.


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Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She's written works in various genres - romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn't as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she's been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships - romantic, familial, friendly - because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn't matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future - human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the
principle behind all of Sarah's stories. Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun. When Sarah isn't writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.
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Jeff Taylor said...

Maybe this isn't my kind of book. But I do appreciate honest reviews. I keep my eye on this site for the reviews

Sharon Martin said...

I like the sound of the background story, maybe its time I started reading some juicy books ;-)

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I haven't read a book like this in a very, very long time. I think getting old probably has something to do with it. The book sounds very interesting though.

Scott said...

Not for me either (no time for fiction), but my wife might enjoy it!

Margarita Ibbott said...

O.K... this sound interesting. Thanks for the honest review about adult content.

Kristen Campbell said...

I like Sharon's word: juicy! I do love a juicy book every once in a while, too!

Lame Shrill Owl said...

That looks like a steamy read. I have been reading way too many serious things this summer.

Kung Phoo said...

Allot of people like this kind of book.. look how 50 shades took off and now its becoming a movie.. thanks for the review..

mail4rosey said...

This is a great review. I am glad you offered the warning too (teen in the house).

becca said...

this sounds like a wonderful book and will have to read it.

Jenn said...

I love an author that doesnt stick one one theme of writing.This looks like another one to add to my list.

Kendall Rayburn said...

Looks like a great series! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda @ Growing Up Madison said...

I'm always willing to give any book a try. This sounds like one I would love to read, even with the sex in it. :)

Marika said...

Great review. Not my usual style of books to read and review, but I do like to follow what you've been up to, as a fellow book blogger :)

savannah said...

I do like a book with a good love story line :). I don't mind the adult content I just make sure to put those books on the higher shelves so my kiddos don't get a hold of them!

Jamie F said...

Wow, sounds REALLY hot and steamy...not my kind of book but I can see why the story can interest anyone.

Rebecca Swenor said...

I would love to read this one because it sounds like a young romance. It is on my list of reads. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I have to admit it's normally my type of book - but sometimes you do have to read something different. x

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