Sarah Daltry's Flowering Series
Forget Me Not (Lily’s story)
18+ New Adult contemporary
This is a coming of age story, but it isn’t always sweet and innocent. If dirty talk, bedroom toys, and threesomes offend you… this is not your book.
Lily of the Valley (Jack’s story)
18+ New Adult contemporary
Jack’s story isn’t pretty. He’s suicidal, depressed, and he uses meaningless sex and alcohol to survive. However, the story is about finding light in the darkness, but sometimes the road there isn’t always easy to walk.
Blue Rose (Alana’s story)
Warning: This book deals with topics of abuse and may trigger reactions in people who have experienced those things in their own lives. It remains a story about healing, but it’s not always an easy journey.
Star of Bethlehem
This is a holiday novella-length story that follows Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley.
“I’ve never understood a year. A year was always a measurement of something bad for me. A year in my father’s prison sentence, a year since my mom’s death, a year left of school before I could get far, far away from here. Now, as I look down the end of my college career, with only a little more than a semester to go, a year seems like something magical. It has been a year since Lily chose me, since she sat with me on the old swing set and made a decision that I was worthy of her. And every minute of the entire year has been better than the last.”
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When we meet Jack in the first books, he is a college junior. He has a dark past – his mother was a junkie and his father murdered his mom in front of him when Jack was 14. Always the freak and the loser, Jack has grown to hate everyone, but no one more than himself. He survived a suicide attempt in high school, but nothing has changed for him, except he drinks more and uses sex and his best friend, Alana, to forget. When he meets Lily, though, he starts to believe that maybe what she sees is something he is capable of becoming.
Lily is just a girl. She’s far from special. She’s immature and naïve, yet she thinks she’s all grown up. She has spent her life pining over her brother’s best friend and now, during her first year of college, she can’t understand why being with him isn’t enough to make her happy. Physically, their relationship is still great, but something is missing. She is attracted to Jack and she’s convinced that’s all that there is between them. When it’s suddenly on her to decide if it is just a fling, though, she realizes that sometimes, the things we think we want aren’t the things we need.
As a peripheral character, Alana is often ignored, but she is Jack’s best friend and she helps to balance him, when Lily can’t figure out how. Alana has been used her entire life by everyone except Jack and Dave. She convinced herself that only Jack would love her, but he fell for Lily. That leaves Alana to figure out what she really loves about Jack – and what she’s been using him to hide.
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.
Recommended reading order, except Blue Rose can fit anywhere:
Volume 1 Box Set (includes "Her Brother's Best Friend, Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, and Star of Bethlehem)
The "Cleaner" Version (includes Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, Blue Rose, and Star of Bethlehem with less sex)
About Sarah Daltry
Sarah Daltry is a girl who writes books. The books are in all genres, because Sarah’s not so great at committing to things. She’s happily married and she and her husband live with their cats in New England. Sarah is painfully shy and, if you are able to find her, she is probably in a corner, hiding. She has also written the urban fantasy romance, Bitter Fruits; the YA gamer geek comedy, Backward Compatible; the literary reimagining, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; historical erotica, The Quiver of a Kiss; and a variety of erotica and short stories.
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