How many of you out there dream of becoming a published author? I know I do. And so does Flora. Today we are going to explore her story.
Flora Air by Janice Cairns introduces us to Flora, who is passionate about writing. She dreams of becoming an author, but she’s in a fog with her mundane day job. She meets a charismatic professor who nurtures her writing and suddenly her dreams seem possible. A touch of magic at the professor’s home adds old-fashioned charm and enchantment to Flora’s writing journey. When she realises she loves the married professor, her journey takes a wild turn. Can Flora actually succeed in becoming an author? What happens to the love Flora Air feels for the professor?
I think the best thing about this book is that Flora will be relatable to all the struggling writers out there. She is working a job she doesn’t like just to pay the bills, can’t find as much time as she would like to write, and is not confident about her talent as a writer. In fact, those of us trying to make any of our dreams come true will relate to Flora.
Beyond that, I’m not sure if I like the character of Flora. Honestly, she seems a bit prissy and self-absorbed (even if I do admire her sometimes for putting herself first). To be honest, I think one of the reasons that I didn’t like Flora was tied in with the writing style. For instance, there was a lot of short sentences, which killed the flow of the book and made reading Flora’s thoughts difficult. I also wasn’t a fan of the repetition of certain words at the beginning of each sentence, such as “Anyway”.
In addition, I felt that there was too much details in some areas of the book and not enough in others. For example, there was a lot of detail about Flora trialing make up and buying sandwiches. I didn’t find these aspects interesting. On the other hand, it is mentioned here and there about Flora going through menopause. Now, more detail on this would have been very interesting as it is a topic nowhere near discussed as much as it should be.
Overall, I have to admit that this wasn’t the book for me. What do you think? Do you think you would like Flora Air?
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.