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Revolutionary War Era England Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady. The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws act Revolutionary War Era England Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady. The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive? A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.


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Revolutionary War Era England Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady. The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws act Revolutionary War Era England Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady. The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive? A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.

46 review for When Beauty Blooms

  1. 4 out of 5

    Serethiel

    "Beauty blooms when you are true to who God created you to be." || Victoria Lynn, When Beauty Blooms || When I learned that Victoria Lynn's next release would be about a young woman in Enlightenment England who struggles with social anxiety, I knew it was something I'd want to read. As someone who battles hints of anxiety herself, Victoria's new story was I tale I just had to explore! And I was not in the least disappointed. Marjorie Kirk feels hopeless. Neglected by her family and possessing littl "Beauty blooms when you are true to who God created you to be." || Victoria Lynn, When Beauty Blooms || When I learned that Victoria Lynn's next release would be about a young woman in Enlightenment England who struggles with social anxiety, I knew it was something I'd want to read. As someone who battles hints of anxiety herself, Victoria's new story was I tale I just had to explore! And I was not in the least disappointed. Marjorie Kirk feels hopeless. Neglected by her family and possessing little in the way of looks, she struggles to find her place in society. She's an outcast, and the world has little to offer... until she meets the young local minister, and embarks on a journey of friendship, self-discovery... and even a touch of romance. Y'all, this was sweet! Marjorie's kindness and societal exploration and Miss Claire's encouragement were endearing. And the minister! *smiles* His budding relationship with Marjorie was charming. When Beauty Blooms makes for a sweet, short little tale of overcoming anxiety, finding your place in the world, and accepting God's chosen path for you. To anyone who's ever felt unnoticed or unimportant, this is a story I recommend! Note: I received a free ebook copy of When Beauty Blooms from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. My full review is available at: https://the-book-sprite.blogspot.com/....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    FINISHED EDITING! . . . i think. . . .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    When Beauty Blooms was such a darling little story! Short and simple, but filled with whimsy and heart. This book holds a valuable lesson for every gal who's ever felt awkward or 'less than', especially in social settings. I felt for Marjorie as she—quite unknowingly—embarked upon her own journey toward discovering that she's beautiful and loved just as she is, how God created her to be. It was nicely done and quite relatable. On another note, her dear friends and their humorous attempts to 'hel When Beauty Blooms was such a darling little story! Short and simple, but filled with whimsy and heart. This book holds a valuable lesson for every gal who's ever felt awkward or 'less than', especially in social settings. I felt for Marjorie as she—quite unknowingly—embarked upon her own journey toward discovering that she's beautiful and loved just as she is, how God created her to be. It was nicely done and quite relatable. On another note, her dear friends and their humorous attempts to 'help' Marjorie were amusing. I laughed and smiled through those parts of the book. The ending was about what I expected as soon as I met a certain character, but it was a sweet and satisfying conclusion to the story. 4 stars! * I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. *

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Morris

    I don't typically read stories where the focus is romance but since I had read other books by this author, I was sure there wouldn't be anything objectionable. I was right. This was a very sweet story taking place in England. The characters felt real, and while I can't say if the story was historically correct or not since that's not a time period I know much about, nothing really jumped out and shouted "too modern." I really appreciated the message of being yourself all the time and not trying I don't typically read stories where the focus is romance but since I had read other books by this author, I was sure there wouldn't be anything objectionable. I was right. This was a very sweet story taking place in England. The characters felt real, and while I can't say if the story was historically correct or not since that's not a time period I know much about, nothing really jumped out and shouted "too modern." I really appreciated the message of being yourself all the time and not trying to act a part just to impress. This was a well written story that I'm glad I read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hosanna

    Review coming after the book releases!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Bush

    This was a very relatable, sweet little story! I found myself sharing Marjorie's embarrassment as she seems to just stumble into awkward situations. It shed light on social anxiety in a very easygoing way that didn't shame her, nor did she have to magically improve in order to be accepted and loved. What a great message! The resolution to the story was a little sudden, but it worked out very well nonetheless and I officially have another favorite couple to add to my list! The writing was sweet a This was a very relatable, sweet little story! I found myself sharing Marjorie's embarrassment as she seems to just stumble into awkward situations. It shed light on social anxiety in a very easygoing way that didn't shame her, nor did she have to magically improve in order to be accepted and loved. What a great message! The resolution to the story was a little sudden, but it worked out very well nonetheless and I officially have another favorite couple to add to my list! The writing was sweet and when I started it, I couldn't put it down, even to eat -- I can't say I read it "in one sitting" because I was up walking through the house doing things on autopilot while I read. It has really nice themes and was just an uplifting story to read because of them. I highly recommend reading this, and if you're looking for one last book to squeeze in before school starts, this is the book for you!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (aka Crystal)

    Victoria Lynn does it again! When I found out the main character of this book struggled with social anxiety, I knew I just had to read it. It's one of the things that I really related to in this book, actually. I find I don't prefer huge social events that go on, and have found myself even scared of what could happen. That's the first part that made me connect with Marjorie on a deeper level. I feel the same way as she had, that the ones who are more outgoing are the ones that seem to be more lik Victoria Lynn does it again! When I found out the main character of this book struggled with social anxiety, I knew I just had to read it. It's one of the things that I really related to in this book, actually. I find I don't prefer huge social events that go on, and have found myself even scared of what could happen. That's the first part that made me connect with Marjorie on a deeper level. I feel the same way as she had, that the ones who are more outgoing are the ones that seem to be more liked. I don't like seeing a character suffer like this (I mean, I do like to make my own characters suffer at times or even think of it as a perfect way for good character development...), but it really was realistic that she had flaws. I found that I really enjoyed watching her grow in character and learn some pretty awesome lessons that she had not realized before. Marjorie was someone who was neglected by her family, and struggled to find her place in society. I loved her relationship with the chaperone and when she met the minister... *grins like a lovey-dovey person* I mean, how embarrassing, but I'm glad everything worked out for the characters in the end. Honestly, this book taught me something. I should not be so critical of what I can or can't do, for I was created the way God wanted me to be and saying he was wrong... is you, know, wrong. I just need to remember that and not compare myself to others as I usually do. The writing was perfect. I did not come across any typos at all, and the way Victoria had worded things was what made me love this sweet little one more! I would say this is the perfect read for anyone, regardless of the fact whether you're a Christian or not. This book does not come across preachy at all, with the good theme of accepting the way God made you weaved in, and would satisfy anyone looking for a sweet and short read. If you're a fan of clean romance, I recommend it. Completely. <3 FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura Grace

    This was a great little story and honestly wish it was longer. Marjorie was very much a relatable character and loved her growth throughout. Plus, she was so unique considering the expectations of her time. Not only was Marjorie very relatable, but I think her struggles are too. Though I don't have strong social anxiety, her desires and some of her insecurities had me giving small smiles because I knew all too well how she was feeling. However, the most powerful thing was the overall message (an This was a great little story and honestly wish it was longer. Marjorie was very much a relatable character and loved her growth throughout. Plus, she was so unique considering the expectations of her time. Not only was Marjorie very relatable, but I think her struggles are too. Though I don't have strong social anxiety, her desires and some of her insecurities had me giving small smiles because I knew all too well how she was feeling. However, the most powerful thing was the overall message (and since this is small read, I'm not going to say exactly what that is due to spoilers). I loved the realization she experiences when a certain someone makes known his intentions and thought the epilogue was perfect. Regardless of age, I think the message of this story and how relatable the main character is would be a great read for many women. *(Many thanks to the author for providing me an ARC. I was not required to write a review or positive one. All thoughts expressed are my own.)*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Awwww... Abchsmxnfjs... 8DI can’t even think about a review for this beautiful amazing “blooming” book. RTC UPON PUBLICATION.

  10. 4 out of 5

    S.G. Willoughby

    This book was short and sweet. I definitely related to the character even though I don't usually consider myself either an introvert or an extrovert. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gracelyn Buckner

    5 Stars RTC on August 10th.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

    When Beauty Blooms is a historical fiction novelette that marries both elements of the American Revolutionary War period in England, and the growing focus on mental health in today’s society. In many circles, the topic of social anxiety is still taboo today, so reading about it in a book by a Christian author gives me hope that this generation can help one another combat social anxiety by turning to God and finding their “beauty and grace” in Him. Though When Beauty Blooms was a short and quickly When Beauty Blooms is a historical fiction novelette that marries both elements of the American Revolutionary War period in England, and the growing focus on mental health in today’s society. In many circles, the topic of social anxiety is still taboo today, so reading about it in a book by a Christian author gives me hope that this generation can help one another combat social anxiety by turning to God and finding their “beauty and grace” in Him. Though When Beauty Blooms was a short and quickly-paced work, it had several elements that I highly enjoyed The Characterization: All of the characters were well-crafted and their personalities leaped from the pages. I feel that Marjorie and Daphne were especially well-portrayed, as the author accurately depicts the characteristics of a socially anxious person in Marjorie, and a young socialite in Daphne. Marjorie’s Political Scene: Though the characters in the novel portray the act as taboo, it was refreshing that Marjorie was able to speak her mind on politics in her era. Portrayal of Social Anxiety: As someone who has dealt with social anxiety for years, I could heavily relate to all the emotions Marjorie experiences in the story. I commend the author for choosing to highlight social anxiety in this way, as it can demonstrate to others what people who have social anxiety go through. I also admired that Marjorie prays for God’s help in overcoming it, as this is the only sure-fire way to combat the beast that is anxiety. Favorite Quote: “Well, not a wife yet. Calm yourself.” Same girl, same. I feel like every girl has this thought once in her life. XD Message: This story has a wonderful message that true beauty comes from living out our lives as the person God designed us to be, and that if you have confidence in who God made you to be, you can face your fears. Overall, I highly enjoyed this historical fiction story, and grant it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars! 🙂

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)

    When Beauty Blooms is such a sweet novella. The protagonist, Marjorie, is a kind but awkward girl struggling to find her place. As an orphan, she does not have the support or guidance of a family. She does have some well-meaning friends and an equally kind chaperone, but they cannot fill the void in Marjorie's heart. No matter how hard they all try, Marjorie simply isn't comfortable in large groups and does not have the social skills expected of her. Unfortunately, this causes her to doubt her w When Beauty Blooms is such a sweet novella. The protagonist, Marjorie, is a kind but awkward girl struggling to find her place. As an orphan, she does not have the support or guidance of a family. She does have some well-meaning friends and an equally kind chaperone, but they cannot fill the void in Marjorie's heart. No matter how hard they all try, Marjorie simply isn't comfortable in large groups and does not have the social skills expected of her. Unfortunately, this causes her to doubt her worth, and she questions the likelihood of realizing her dream of a happy future. Woven into this coming-of-age tale are Biblical themes such as redemption, dependence on God, and peace. Ultimately, Marjorie finds her confidence when relying on God and acting boldly with the abilities He has given her, regardless of how this corresponds to society's expectations. She truly is an endearing character; I couldn't help but root for Marjorie to realize how worthy she truly is! While Marjorie's struggle with self-worth is a central theme of the book, she is not incompetent and does not come off as whiny or annoying. When Beauty Blooms could be a useful tool for starting conversations with preteen and teenage girls about recognizing their own self worth, especially within a Sunday school class or similar setting. It is short enough to read in a single day, straightforward in its message, and entirely uplifting. I do wish that Marjorie could have found her confidence through her own words and contemplations before a man told her she was beautiful and worthy, but even this can be helpful in a dialogue about where and why we are able to find self-worth. Lynn proves herself a capable author of historical Christian fiction, and I eagerly look forward to reading her full-length works!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Madison McQuary

    Victoria was kind enough to send me a copy of her book and it was such a great and enjoyable read! I thoroughly loved the story...I feel like it encompasses all my favorite aspects and scenes from all my favorite period dramas and I couldn’t help myself from smiling every time the minister would enter the scene. I loved Marjorie because she was such a real character, I think everyone can relate to her in some way or another but I definitely related to her in regards to her social anxiety and felt Victoria was kind enough to send me a copy of her book and it was such a great and enjoyable read! I thoroughly loved the story...I feel like it encompasses all my favorite aspects and scenes from all my favorite period dramas and I couldn’t help myself from smiling every time the minister would enter the scene. I loved Marjorie because she was such a real character, I think everyone can relate to her in some way or another but I definitely related to her in regards to her social anxiety and felt all the emotions that she felt throughout the story. Over all this story was such a great reminder that even when we think we aren’t that special or have nothing to offer there is always someone who sees what we can’t see and who values us for being true to who we are:) The only thing I would say is I wish it were longer....I did love that it was a Novelette because I could sit down and enjoy reading it in a couple of sittings, but I desperately wanted to read more about Marjorie and the Minister:) All in all it was such a fun read and Victoria is a master with words and descriptions, I felt like I was in the story which I loved!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Madison Guy

    This story was so sweet, and has a powerful message - especially to the quieter, more introverted girls. It teaches you that you don't have to be popular and beautiful to have value, and the good people will always notice you. Victoria's use of language and descriptions really pulls you into the story. The main character, Marjorie, has such different relationships with all of her friends - and the minister - and her kindness and sympathy in each makes her a loveable character. Even 5 pages in, I This story was so sweet, and has a powerful message - especially to the quieter, more introverted girls. It teaches you that you don't have to be popular and beautiful to have value, and the good people will always notice you. Victoria's use of language and descriptions really pulls you into the story. The main character, Marjorie, has such different relationships with all of her friends - and the minister - and her kindness and sympathy in each makes her a loveable character. Even 5 pages in, I was rooting for Marjorie and enjoyed the banter between all the characters. When Beauty Blooms is a sweet, quick read, so definitely give it a try!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raechel

    Review to come!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sunny Houk

  18. 5 out of 5

    Medomfo

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela R. Watts

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace

  21. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

  22. 5 out of 5

    R.A.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

  24. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Bogner

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bridget Marshall

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  28. 4 out of 5

    Micaiah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zane Jones

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

  31. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

  32. 4 out of 5

    Karis

  33. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Ardnek

  34. 5 out of 5

    anika❤️

  35. 5 out of 5

    Ivie

  36. 5 out of 5

    Svetlana H.

  37. 4 out of 5

    Abigail McKenna

  38. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey Rutledge

  39. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

  40. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  41. 5 out of 5

    R.F. Gammon

  42. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

  43. 4 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

  44. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Schuck

  45. 5 out of 5

    Lady Nefertankh

  46. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Tooley

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