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After her father's death, Missy finds a letter from him in which he praises her for being a dutiful daughter but admonishes her for not taking any risks in life.
Devastated, Missy packs her suitcase and heads for Italy. There she meets a new friend who proposes a radical idea. Soon, Missy finds herself in impoverished India, signing away her inheritance and betting on a risky plan while rekindling a lost love.
The Light of Hidden Flowers is a deeply felt story of accepting who we are while pushing our boundaries to see how much more we can become. It's a reminder that it's never too late to pursue our dreams.
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By Debbie on 09-20-16
Dutiful Daughter, Wounded Warrior, Big Wide World
A tender story of a thirty-five year old woman, testing her limits, after a life, well lived, yet safely so, as a partner in her father's financial firm . . . having lost her mother at the age of four, Missy had stuck close to her bigger-than-life father, always choosing security over out-and-out joy, for fear of losing it . . . never being a risk taker . . . her one true love was in high school, Joe Santelli . . . and since then, she's played it safe in relationships, too, staying single all these years . . . yet, sometimes late at night, she still dreams, of Joe, of flying off to Italy . . . of helping others . . . once she even boarded the airplane, only to be led off again because of her fear of flying . . . and now, faced with her father's Alzheimer's . . . and more unexpected changes, Missy's world isn't as stable as it once was . . . her "sure thing" boyfriend, Lucas, who quotes the tax tables at dinner doesn't really "do it" for her . . . but at 35, she doesn't have too many chances left . . . she's "friends" with Joe on facebook . . . but she never posts anything . . . just looks at the pics of his three beautiful kids . . . and thinks about his wonderful life . . . and Joe . . . he's going through his own private hell . . . raising three kids alone, after two tours in Afghanistan and losing a limb, and waiting for his divorce to be finalized . . . while his wife globe trots with her rich clients . . . this is a multi-layered story of young love and two adults re-united with an appreciation and renewed love for one another and what they once had . . . and still have . . . a history . . . and a future. Its a story of hope beyond the horrors of war, beyond a childhood of loss, beyond teenage years of "being different", beyond our own small world of selfishness, and beyond the torture of one's own fears. There are a few times in the story that I would have wished for a little more permanence, a little more faith, and a lot more future . . . but all in all, this is a wonderful story . . . of life.
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