"... reminiscent of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens"*
"There are many books that are easy to put down,
but this is not one of them ..." **
All the Flowers
of the Mountain
by Christina Holbrook
In a Paris art gallery, Dr. Michael Pearce comes upon a sculpture by the artist Katherine Morgan. His discovery of the vivid bronze artwork sends Pearce reeling back into his past.
Devastatingly lifelike, the sculpture evokes memories of a summer many years earlier when Michael and Katherine–Kit–met as teenagers by a lake in New Hampshire. He was a small-town boy who skied, played guitar, and was destined to run his father’s hardware store; she was the restless, troubled daughter of a wealthy New York family.
Set amidst the mountains, farmlands, and elegant summer homes of rural New England, All the Flowers of the Mountain is the story of a pivotal summer for Michael and Kit. Michael’s ambitions are ignited by this young woman—he grows determined that their future will be together. But Kit dreams of becoming an artist and her struggle with a mysterious event from the past leads her to a deadly showdown by summer’s end, and decisions that will break Michael’s heart. More ...
Praise for the book:
"Replete with the poignancy of Nicholas Sparks’s A Walk to Remember and the gritty authenticity of Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing, All The Flowers of the Mountain is a haunting, evocative exploration of the enduring power of love. Author Christina Holbrook skillfully combines a page-turning mystery, an insightful examination of social class, and a paean to one young woman’s insistence on being true to herself, no matter the odds...or the cost. If you’re anything like me, Kit and Michael’s story will resonate with you long after you turn the final page.
- Emily Colin, New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief
* "All the Flowers of the Mountain is a captivating love story full of complex characters who will steal your heart. Christina Holbrook’s gorgeous writing gives the book an intimacy and narrative momentum that makes it hard to put down. The story’s tone is reminiscent of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Holbrook’s novel will appeal to anyone who enjoys a story anchored in a strong sense of place."
- Christie Aschwanden, New York Times bestselling author of Good To Go, contributor to Outside Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post.
** "Right from the start, All the Flowers of the Mountain immerses the reader in a story of love and loss, hope peering around the corners of every page. The two main characters, Michael and Kit, are complex and multifaceted, demanding the reader's attention and affection. There are many books that are easy to put down, but this is not one of them. Even after I finished the last page, I was reluctant to do so."
-- Caitlin Jans, founding editor of Authors Publish Magazine and co-founder of The Poetry Marathon.
"All the Flowers of the Mountain perfectly captures the thrill of young love and the bittersweet tang of roads not explored. Holbrook writes with such keen emotional awareness and descriptive flair that it is hard to believe Flowers is her debut novel. Wrapped in the lush but fleeting New Hampshire summertime, this evocative portrayal of longing and second chances is a gift not to be missed."
- Jeff Deck, author of The Shadow Over Portsmouth series
"All the Flowers of the Mountain is a love story that's as humble as it is heroic. It's a human story, one we all know, but live again through the timeless bond between Michael and Kit. It's a story that invites us to laugh, cry, and sing with joy. And in the end, it's a story that invites us home to ourselves, where all good love stories begin."
-- Ella Peary, Award-winning editor. Formerly Poetry Editor at Lumina, and currently columnist at Ruminate and best selling Finnish magazine, Ananda.
Publisher: Sunroom Studios
Available in Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook in English.
All other rights available.
Hardcover - 979-8-9861488-0-9
Paperback - 979-8-9861488-1-6
Ebook - 979-8-9861488-2-3
Publication date: July 4, 2022
A native of New York and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, CHRISTINA HOLBROOK now lives in Colorado with her husband, Alan Dulit. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Political Theory from Wellesley College. Holbrook’s column Lark Ascending ran in the Summit Daily in Frisco, Colorado from 2016 through 2020. More recently her short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. All the Flowers of the Mountain is her first novel.
Find her on Instagram @christinaholbrookwrites.