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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
It's time for readers who love the Milestoneville series by Golden November to finally get the backstory on one of its characters, Flower Rose. In a book named for its lead protagonist, Flower Rose pitches us back to the nineties to meet the book store owner before she was in the [shockingly dangerous] trade of rare, vintage, and high-value volumes. Flower Rose isn't exactly having other college students lining up to be her friend, but what she does have access to as a volunteer are rare books, some worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Slowly, as Flower Rose is then in a position to take on the industry by herself, we see the filtering in of other familiar Milestoneville characters and a new story unfolds with an angle we have not yet been shown by November. These include, but are not limited to, Click Clack revealing he was old enough in 1959 to attend a party, that the human body can actually withstand electrocution at 400 hertz, and that “You must be in the moment” is a mind-blowing common theme throughout the series.
I love going back to the 90s. They were my high school years and I remember them with fondness, with the exception of seriously over-plucked eyebrows and lip liner that's at least four shades too dark. The 90s themselves are left to our own imaginations as the picture prompts that Golden November uses to set the scene's ambiance are primarily décor, venues, and outdoor shots. However, the book still manages to pull it all together even where descriptions of anything outside of the photo prompts do not exist except in dialogue, and it is rare for November to hamper the flow of punchy quips with a description of someone's single-slung overall strap. I laughed out loud when the “snorkeling” turned out to be shark cage diving, and Miles turns out to be the king of dad jokes. Reading out the lines in a group is the best way to get everything November's stories deserve from them, and it's always roaring fun when another book in the series comes along.