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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.

47 review for When Beauty Blooms

  1. 3 out of 5

    E.F.B.

    I had the pleasure of alpha reading "When Beauty Blooms" and, having now seen it in it's finished form, it may be among my top three favorite short books. I'm an introvert who can be uncomfortable with strangers, especially men, and even when I'm not uncomfortable, I'm still a very quiet and thoughtful person who is rarely, if ever, one to initiate contact with people I don't know and I can sometimes be awkward trying to interact with strangers, or even people I only know a little bit. In a large I had the pleasure of alpha reading "When Beauty Blooms" and, having now seen it in it's finished form, it may be among my top three favorite short books. I'm an introvert who can be uncomfortable with strangers, especially men, and even when I'm not uncomfortable, I'm still a very quiet and thoughtful person who is rarely, if ever, one to initiate contact with people I don't know and I can sometimes be awkward trying to interact with strangers, or even people I only know a little bit. In a large group of people I'm the wallflower who either stands near the edge of the crowd, not sure what to do, or I stick close to the few people I already know instead of trying to mingle with everybody and make new friends. (When it comes to friends I value depth over quantity, please and thank you.) Meanwhile, I'm very comfortable with and can talk easily to young children. As such, I related very strongly to Marjorie Kirk, who is also shy, quiet, and awkward, yet good with children (and also a lover of nature and gardening). She, like I have sometimes, felt invisible to people other than her three closest friends, and thought that maybe being quiet and not enjoying socializing with everybody and their brother is a flaw that makes us less desirable and maybe even less valuable as people, especially to potential suitors whom we fear will never notice, much less take interest in us unless we somehow become like those other young ladies who are more poised and outgoing. So, you can see why it touched my heart that the lesson Marjorie learns is that God made her the way she is intentionally, and that she is beautiful and worthy of love BECAUSE of her unique qualities rather than having to figure out to be beautiful in spite of them. And, once she was confident in her God-given identity, she was able to be less awkward and figure out how to do the things she needed to do while still remaining true to who she was. That's a lesson God has been teaching me the past several years and a message that I feel many people young and old need to hear. I recommend this to anyone who likes uplifting, sweet stories that will warm your heart and help you recognize that, extroverted or introverted, you are a unique, beautiful, and valuable human being just the way you are.

  2. 3 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/....

  3. 3 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

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

  4. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    This book was amazing! I loved getting to review it. :) Plot: 5/5 The plotting for this baby was beauteous! Typical for this genre, I wasn’t necessarily on the edge of my seat, but it still worked beautifully. There were a few comical parts, and a few mishaps that happened that I really enjoyed! And I really enjoyed how Victoria worked them out. Characters: 5/5 Marjorie was definitely my favorite character. She was delightful to read about and I really connected with her in more ways than one. She This book was amazing! I loved getting to review it. :) Plot: 5/5 The plotting for this baby was beauteous! Typical for this genre, I wasn’t necessarily on the edge of my seat, but it still worked beautifully. There were a few comical parts, and a few mishaps that happened that I really enjoyed! And I really enjoyed how Victoria worked them out. Characters: 5/5 Marjorie was definitely my favorite character. She was delightful to read about and I really connected with her in more ways than one. She was very socially awkward, as am I, and I think it fit very well in her personality. I really liked that about her. And, she was a great friend to Ginger and Daphne. Mr. Baeley was great as well. Although I didn’t know very much about him, I knew that I’d love him from the start. I loved the way he cared about Marjorie for her heart and not for her looks, as most guys do. I enjoyed getting to see how things worked out between him and Marjorie. Romance: 5/5 It was so subtle, Marjorie didn’t even realize it was happening, although I saw it coming! I loved how beautifully it was played out and how pure it was. A desirable thing in books nowadays. Prose: 5/5 I think the prose was good, and fit very well with the plot. There was not very many times where information was dumped on me, like other short books, and I appreciated that! Overall: 5/5!!!! This book was great, and I’d definitely recommend it to those who enjoy romance and historical fiction. Read my full review here: https://proclaiminghisexcellencies291...

  5. 3 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. *

  6. 5 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hosanna

    Review coming after the book releases!

  8. 5 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!

  9. 4 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.

  10. 5 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.)*

  11. 5 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. :)

  12. 3 out of 5

    Gracelyn Buckner

    5 Stars RTC on August 10th.

  13. 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! 🙂

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abigail McKenna

    Beauty blooms when you are true to who God created you to be. My full blog post review: http://novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.... Adorable, relatable, full of love, hope, and light. Victoria speaks God's truth in a profound and accessible way. Highly recommended. 4.5 stars. **I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review**

  15. 3 out of 5

    Sarah

    Marjorie is kind of like me. We're both shy and kind of awkward in social situations. We do better with our few close friends. We also doubt our gifts. When I was younger, I didn't think I had any gifts, but I've sense learned that things like hospitality are gifts, so now I'm good :) The theme or message of the book is so perfect for our world. In a culture so obsessed with outward beauty, inner beauty is ignored or devalued. Marjorie was not as physically beautiful as her friends, but she had a Marjorie is kind of like me. We're both shy and kind of awkward in social situations. We do better with our few close friends. We also doubt our gifts. When I was younger, I didn't think I had any gifts, but I've sense learned that things like hospitality are gifts, so now I'm good :) The theme or message of the book is so perfect for our world. In a culture so obsessed with outward beauty, inner beauty is ignored or devalued. Marjorie was not as physically beautiful as her friends, but she had an inner beauty that did not go unnoticed. It was a nice book with a good theme that Victoria fleshed out nicely. The only issue? It was too short! I would love to explore Marjorie's character more, have the experiences she thinks back on at the end actually happen in the story, stuff like that. Maybe a longer version for the second printing, Victoria? :) (I'm the kind of girl who likes long books :)

  16. 3 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 3 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!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Raechel

    Review to come!

  20. 3 out of 5

    Sunny Houk

  21. 3 out of 5

    Medomfo

  22. 3 out of 5

    Lydia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Guenot

    "When Beauty Blooms" is a story about a young woman seeing herself as God saw her.  Not as a person that was clumsy, homely, and just downright awkward but a beautiful masterpiece of God's perfect plan!    Are you struggling with trying to "be good enough?"     Do you feel like you are worthless and the one always "left behind?"    Do you feel like you aren't good enough for God?    God loves you just the way you are!  He doesn't care how awkward you are in a social setting, although He'll give you "When Beauty Blooms" is a story about a young woman seeing herself as God saw her.  Not as a person that was clumsy, homely, and just downright awkward but a beautiful masterpiece of God's perfect plan!    Are you struggling with trying to "be good enough?"     Do you feel like you are worthless and the one always "left behind?"    Do you feel like you aren't good enough for God?    God loves you just the way you are!  He doesn't care how awkward you are in a social setting, although He'll give you strength when you face those situations.  He doesn't care if your hair is uncontrollable, He made it that way...He delights in who you are! Read this sweet story!  You'll have a better understanding of yourself and the way God sees you! Thumbs up Victoria.  You did an excellent job of conveying your message through this story.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Angela R. Watts

  25. 3 out of 5

    Sarah Grace

  26. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  27. 4 out of 5

    R.A.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

  29. 3 out of 5

    Victoria

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Bogner

  31. 3 out of 5

    Bridget Marshall

  32. 3 out of 5

    Mary

  33. 3 out of 5

    Micaiah

  34. 3 out of 5

    Zane Jones

  35. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

  36. 3 out of 5

    Abigail

  37. 5 out of 5

    Karis

  38. 3 out of 5

    Kendra Ardnek

  39. 3 out of 5

    anika❤️

  40. 4 out of 5

    Ivie

  41. 3 out of 5

    Svetlana H.

  42. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey Rutledge

  43. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

  44. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  45. 4 out of 5

    R.F. Gammon {hiatus}

  46. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

  47. 3 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

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