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Reviewed by Benjamin Ookami for Readers' Favorite
Flowers in December is a fiction novella by Jane Suen. Connor is a man who finds himself working sixty-hour weeks in a big city, and has a hard reality to face. He no longer has parents to go back to. His father passed away a long time ago and he has just been at his mother's funeral in a small town called Rocky Flats. It is up to him to decide what happens to the house he grew up in, but for now, the lawyer that puts the possibility of selling the house in his head just has to wait. The reality that Connor has to face is that he's alone. He doesn't want to be alone anymore. A woman who owns a flower shop could very well change all that.
Jane Suen created a realistic small town with people that may throw a smile and a nod Connor's way when he passes them on the street. Connor acts in a way that shows readers how fed up he is with being alone, as well as the confident persona he adopts whenever he is in public. Alone and away from the public spectrum, we can sometimes expect to find him in tears. In a short amount of pages, the author takes us through various stages of Connor's journey towards the end of his conflict in this book. He is alone without his parents, and even the word "middle-aged" scares him, but he tackles his problems fearlessly. Someone who knows what it's like to lose a parent will find a lot to relate to in this book.