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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Naomi Wark’s heart-warming novel Wildflowers in Winter follows the life of a ninety-two-year-old woman, struggling with the loss of loved ones and estranged from her daughter-in-law’s family. Edna listens to the news of the death of her son with shock. The death evokes memories of pain from previous losses. The rift between Edna and her daughter-in-law, Kora-Lee, only widens. During the funeral preparations for her son, Edna reconnects with her grandson David whose family steps in to care for Edna. Edna’s health continues to deteriorate. She becomes increasingly irritable, not willing to let go of her independence. With the onset of Alzheimer's, Edna recounts her past experiences as David and his family learn how to care for her. As she nears her end, Edna gradually reconnects with her family.
The experiences, struggles, and pain that many senior persons encounter are captured adeptly through the novel’s main character, Edna. Having been independent for most of her life, Edna is unwilling to hand over control to other people despite their loving intentions. Her struggle with Alzheimer’s reveals the challenges which patients with similar illnesses face. The plot is well crafted and moves forward at a suitable pace that helps in developing the characters and resolving the conflict in the work. Initially antagonistic, the relationship between Edna and her family improves with time. The work also sheds light on the issues that caregivers of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s experience and also suggests solutions. Wildflowers in Winter by Naomi Wark discusses an important topic through the eyes of its well-developed main character.