My Mother Grows Wallflowers

There isn’t a heck of a lot that doesn’t scream target about Mina Mason: her weight, her homemade dresses, even the hoarder’s paradise loosely disguised as the Masons’ home. Samuel Two Bears Miller reshapes Mina’s understated existence with his arrival, his dark skin and long braid exotic next to the Puritan pallor of the local boys. All through high school, Mina conceals her odd home life behind the closed doors of her dilapidated house, even after discovering love with the outspoken boy. Mina must choose between the person who makes her feel alive and the family who relies on her.


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About the Author

C. L. Howland uses the Green Mountains of Vermont as the backdrop for My Mother Grows Wallflowers, her debut novel. She loves the outdoors, whether hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking. Even more, she delights in time spent with her family, her husband, Dale, and their black Lab, Sadie. She fills her quiet moments breathing life into the people of Northam and plotting the challenges they’ll face in her next book. To learn more about C. L., please visit: or email:

1 review for My Mother Grows Wallflowers

  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Didn’t want it to end! 10 stars!!!!!!
    Bywiggoddesson November 22, 2016
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    This book is true HEART! A sweet heart centered look at youth, love, and a soul hardship sweet Mina carries.

    I want to give it 10 stars times infinity! Well written it draws u in and the characters are so real and u genuinely care about them through the whole story…. Well written with heart, soul and kindness!

    I soon started limiting myself to one chapter per morning so it would last longer… I found myself bummed that I was on my last Chapter this morning. CL Howland….. please release the next one!!!!!💕 LOVED it! This is long winded… but at 53 I haven’t read a book in 20 years. I found myself so looking forward to my morning chapter. Wow

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of my favorite books of the year – a great read!
    ByVT local foodieon June 4, 2017
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    I read this book a few months ago and it has really stayed with me, leaving me waiting for the next edition! It’s the kind of book that makes you want to have a conversation with the people inside the story. The writing is fully developed with complexity in the main characters and a strong supporting cast. With many twists and turns in the plot, I was never sure what the next page would bring. The author maintains great tension while also revealing deep emotional questions within and between multiple characters. The reader also gains a strong sense of place, specific locations and the overall dynamics of the town. It’s one of the better books I have read this year and I’m fairly picky about what I read! There are any number of storylines that I’d love to keep following! I think this would make a great movie – the people, settings, tensions and relationships are all very compelling. I’m so glad I picked up this book.

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Read this book!
    ByLisa A. Laddon March 23, 2017
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    My Mother Grows Wallflowers Full Disclosure, the author is my next-door neighbor. Nevertheless, I am a librarian and avid reader, and I could not put this book down. My book group was equally impressed. Her portrayal of small town rural Vermont is spot on, and the tensions between those who are from an area and those who are outsiders contribute to the authenticity of her story. This is not a young adult book, although the characters are young people, the subject matter is definitely for adults. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the next installment.

    Great read
    ByVT neighboron November 21, 2016
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    I love this story! Brings me back to my adolescence in a small town. I felt I knew some of the characters in this well written book and could vividly see some of the story’s setting. Looking forward to another book from C.L. Howland

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Breath of Fresh Air…
    ByCJ Alfonsoon April 19, 2017
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    One of the most refreshing stories I have read in quite some time. In a world brimming with stiflingly predictable novels, this was a breath of fresh air. The characters are relatable and likable, and I immediately wanted more of their story. I cannot wait for the next book from this author. This is the kind of story and writing you will love to share with your family and friends. Absolutely wonderful.

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bymimisouthon November 25, 2016
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    I was hooked on this book from the very first chapter! I was intrigued with the young characters in the book and how they portrayed the closeness of family, as difficult as some family situations can be. I was amazed at how the author wove this story of small town New England. I was surprised when the book ended. I can’t wait for a sequel.

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I NEED MORE!!!
    Bykeldoon December 8, 2016
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    I just loved this book. Mina I just totally related to! The love her and Sam have is a love everyone just dreams of! I will suggest when you read this it’s not before you go to bed you won’t sleep. Also I need more I just want to know what’s next!!

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good read
    ByDoreen J Holmeson February 27, 2017
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    I found it a little difficult go get into this book, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t want it to end. I am hoping for a sequel. Excellent job Cindy!

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