Today we’re taking a look at Honeyflower and Pansy written by my fellow Clean Reads author Esmé James. The autistic character in this book is a secondary character who plays an important role in the story.
With hopes of educating Sage, who has autism, Amanda Daryl’s family find themselves living in a town which has an unfinished story to tell. When plans for the school’s construction are abandoned, Amanda’s instincts lead her to fight for her sister’s honour; unknowingly paving the way for experiences she could never have anticipated.
Faced with a drunken café owner, amusing new friends, and little Sage, who simply cannot stop eating, Amanda’s journey becomes comical, inspiring, and at times, heart-breaking. To achieve her goal, Amanda discovers she must first address the ghosts of this town, and place it back in motion.
And then of course, there is Tristan; the mysterious boy always lurking near the edge of the forest, who best expresses his emotions through flowers.
Honeyflower and Pansy attempts to capture humanity at its highest, and lowest points, ultimately offering a message of hope. It explores the different types of love that can be found in the world, even the ones found in the most unexpected places.
“There was silence. And there was silence in the night. There was silence through the trees, and through the animals, and for a single instant, there was silence in the world. And it was still. And there was only Tristan and I, and a large oak tree And that was all there would ever be. That’s all I’d ever want there to be.”
“And there was peace in the night, in the world, and in my mind.”
“If the night changes things, it certainly does not change me.”
“You only say that because you are under the night’s control.”
About the Author
Esmé James a is published author and freelance writer residing in Melbourne, Australia. By the age of twenty, Esmé has released two novels, Honeyflower and Pansy (2015) and The Awakening (2017), as well as various short-stories, poems and non-fiction articles. Her present work focuses on increasing awareness of individuals with special needs, and promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Completing her Bachelor of Arts in 2017, with a major in creative writing and literature, Esmé is now a graduate student at the University of Melbourne. She was nominated for the ‘Fitzpatrick: Long-Form Fiction’ award in 2017, and has been a finalist for the Melbourne Arts Student’s Society’s ‘Creative Writing’ award for the past three years.
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