A Flower That’s Free

Written by Sarah Harrison
Review by Caroline Wilson

As the second installment in the Flower Trilogy by Sarah Harrison, A Flower That’s Free picks up sometime after the end of The Flowers of the Field. The heroine of this tome is Kate Kingsley, the daughter of Thea Tennant and her husband, Jack Kingsley. It is 1936, and the Kingsleys have been eking out a living on their farm in Kenya. Kate is their adoptive daughter who came to them when she was just five years old. If the reader is familiar with Flowers of the Field, they will quickly discern who Kate’s real mother is. She does her mother just in some ways as Kate is startlingly unemotional to the point of being ungrateful. Even though the Kingsleys have always treated her as their own, she cannot wait to get to England and start her own life, free from the demands of her parents. Fortunately, unlike her mother, she is much more grounded.

Much like its predecessor, A Flower That’s Free excels in the scenery department. The hot, rugged plains of Africa are brilliantly brought to life, though the explicitness in some scenes is difficult to read. Some readers may find themselves skimming the opening chapters, as the action does not begin until Kate arrives in England. The author’s annoying habit of flashing back to detail conversations and past action can be a bit trying at times. Nonetheless, readers who enjoyed Flowers of the Field will be pleased to catch up with the Tennant family once again.