I am thrilled to begin a new feature on our TLP website offering book reviews not just for children, but for adults, too.  My first review is for The Flower of Grass by James E. Robinson, an introspective work that will appeal to romantics and realists alike for its honest approach, realistic characters, and intriguing plot.

The Flower of Grass by James E. Robinson

After years of waiting, Jessie gave up on her first love, and married a wonderful man who adores her and is worthy of her respect and admiration.  She doesn't want to hurt him, but is drawn against her will to see John site Allen who has returned after a 16 year absence.  Jessie cries to God for help, but He seems so distant.  After her mother's death, Jessie flounders, fighting against the loneliness and confusion that have gripped her heart.  Meanwhile it looks as if John is staying in their small town, and avoiding him forever will not be possible.  John has his own demons to fight:  memories of a cruel father, his inability to help his alcoholic brother, and his own guilt over a selfish lifestyle that has hurt too many people.

The Flower of Grass by James E. Robinson is a powerful love story free from the fluff of contrived situations.  The complex characters are portrayed with honesty--no overblown heroine nor degenerate villain.  Rather, the internal conflicts within the heart and soul of flawed characters will resonate with anyone who has suffered from broken promises and dashed dreams.