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How Flora Finds Her Fabulous


Loved it! 😍

How Flora Finds her Fabulous holds a promise in the title itself - fabulous! - and wow, does it deliver.

I browsed the Woman Lit category of Reedsy for a month or so before downloading a book, for many reasons. First and foremost, I wanted to familiarize myself with the site--nobody likes newbies blundering all over the place--and then I was looking for something with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Does How Flora Finds her Fabulous have it? Yes.

It starts out slow, befitting the lethargic life at Coventry, then it picks up speed, like a car going 100 mph. Her unstoppable yet very fashion-oriented force is bound to meet an unmovable object at some point, and when it happens, Flora’s life falls apart. All alone in Rio, penniless and knowing just a handful of words in Portoguese, it’s either sinking or swimming, growing up and fighting the sharks or giving up and getting eaten. It might sound simple--survival is a biological imperative, after all--but it is not.

What I really like about How Flora Finds her Fabulous is the character growth. There is a good dose of naivety in her, which starts manifesting well before the story starts. Meeting Marty, deciding to embark on a journey around the world, just enables it further; hitting rock bottom is the equivalent of a switch being turned on. She takes her life in her own hands then, and you can’t help but cheer at her newfound assertiveness. The money belt and, later on, The Bloom Agency, are a prime example of it. 

I have to admit I don’t agree with some decisions Flora makes throughout the book, but I’m not saying this in a disparaging way, like, ‘bof, what was Stonestreet thinking?’. I’m saying this as an ‘uh, omg, I would never have done X, and I really want to see how Stonestreet is going to fix it now.’ It’s a testimony of a good writer, at least in my opinion, keeping the reader hooked despite them disagreeing with This or That Choice.

Last but not least, I want to mention Stonestreet’s style, always upbeat and riveting. The only flaw of How Flora Finds her Fabulous would be a couple of grammar imperfections here and there, but it’s a minor issue and doesn’t really distract from the plot. All in all, a delightful read.

4 stars on GR, well-deserved.

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About the author

I wrote most of this book while house and pet sitting or working on overseas educational projects. I used to be a copy writer but always wanted to write a novel and now my dream has come true. I live in Gloucestershire, UK and enjoy public speaking about my travels as a social entrepreneur. view profile

Published on May 18, 2021

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Humor & Comedy

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