February 11, 2020
Release Date: February 11
“Their strength and ferocity stem from below the surface where their roots are forever tangled, interwoven in such a way that for the remainder of time they bloom together, and when winter finally prevails, they perish as one…until spring brings them to life once again.”
No one loves them, no one cares about them, no one even sees them until they end up in Mary Rodriguez’s home, an outpost for Sacred Heart’s troubled youth program. It is within these walls that the four teens forge unlikely friendships. They experience the intensity of first loves, share secrets, and suffer losses, vowing to make the world a better place in spite of their personal battles with addiction, depression, loneliness, and abuse. But when the unthinkable happens, those friendships are tested in ways they never could have imagined.
Will they find strength enough to survive or will their bonds be too fractured to heal them yet again?
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We, The Wildflowers is L.B. Simmons’ newest emotional story that’s both heartwarming and heart breaking. Chloe, Genesis, Adam and Lukas are now family. After each of them lost their families and childhoods for various reasons, they find themselves bonded by their loss, pain and heartache. But they also found solace in each other. In their friendship. In their new life. Genesis knows who she is. She’s overcome so much and survived. Adam was punished for just being himself. Lukas paid the price for trying to protect someone and Chloe was betrayed by the people who are supposed to love her. Together they heal. They learn to let go of the pain and move forward together. It’s going to be harder than they thought, but they are stronger together. They can overcome whatever life throws at them even if it’s trying to separate them. In the midst of surviving and moving on, they find love, acceptance and closure. They not only survive, they thrive. And they realize that they’ve formed an unbreakable bond that will last their entire lives. And their dreams will come true if they trust in each other and let love in. Overall, the writing is fantastic, the story moving and it’s going to stick with me for a long, long time.
We, The Wildflowers is L.B Simmons’ newest masterpiece. She doesn’t release often but when she does, it’s always worth the wait. I didn’t read the synopsis (I know, shocking) so I had no idea what the story was about and wow! I was not expecting this and I loved that.
Four teenagers. Four different struggles. Four different pasts. One incredible bond. They are The Wildflowers.
Chloe, Genesis, Adam, and Lukas are living in a Scared Hearts house and attending high school as juniors when they are finally a four. They are all there because of different circumstances. They are there for a reason. And that reason was that they needed each other to fight. To fight for their freedom. To find out what unconditional love really means. To feel accepted for themselves. To feel safe. They are from families who were gone or didn’t care about them. Didn’t see them. They need to been seen. To be heard. And that is what the Wildflowers are about. They are one. One feels pain, they all feel pain. One feels happy, they all feel happy. They are there for each other no matter what. But, what will happen when their lives are forever changed? Will their bond keep them together when fate wants to pull them apart?
I can’t really get into the story without spoiling anything. I can say that it’s beautifully written. It’s not the easiest to read but so worth it. It’s real. It’s raw. And it needed to be told. It’s about growth, love, family, friendships, and finding yourself.
“Somewhere deep within you lies your very own bitch mode—I feel it as sure as I breathe. I will find it. I will expose it. I will nurture it. But it will be you who finally unleashes it. And what a marvelous sight that will be.”
“Well, even with your obvious lack of eye contact, I still see you.”
“You really think you can handle the darkest parts of me?”
I wave a dismissive hand. “You don’t scare me.”
He arches a dark brow and his mouth quirks ever so slightly at the sides. “Is that so?”
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Meet L.B. Simmons
After graduating from Texas A&M University, L.B. Simmons did what any biomedical science major could do. She entered the workforce as a full-time chemist. Years later, never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined herself a USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance author as well.
What began as a memoir for her children, ended up being her first self-published book, Running on Empty. Initially it was written to chronicle their actions, their phrases, and their silly arguments so that when they were older, they would always have those memories. The memoir soon began to take on a life of its own, morphing into the story of a single mother with three little girls finding love when she least expected it. Soon after, her girls were given reoccurring roles in the remainder of what became the Mending Hearts series.
That’s how her journey as an author began, and she hopes to God it never ends.
L.B. Simmons doesn’t just write books. With each new work, she attempts to compose journeys of love and self-discovery so she may impart life lessons to readers. Several novels later, she’s tackled suicide, depression, bullying, eating disorders, as well as physical and sexual abuse, all the while weaving elements of humor into the storylines in effort to balance the difficult topics. Often described as roller coaster rides, her novels are known for eliciting a wide range of emotions in each story she tells.
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