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Little Flowers (Christian Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Lively
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Little Flowers was a finalist for Best Inspirational Novel at the EPIC Awards!

A doctor known for performing abortions - murdered.

A teenage honor student from a good Catholic family - pregnant.

A barren young woman soured on relationships - unwilling to love.

One bullet, one week changes the lives of so many people. Discover which of life's "little flowers" bloom in the face of adversity and strengthen through hope and forgiveness.

If you enjoy this book, please check out Kathryn's other books:

  • Pithed: an Andy Farmer Mystery
  • Rock Deadly: a Rock and Roll Mystery
  • Rock Til You Drop: a Rock and Roll Mystery
  • The Girl With the Monkee Tattoo

For more information on Kathryn's books, please visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews


"Kathryn Lively skillfully spins a contemporary tale of riveting pro-life fiction. The interconnecting lives in a town where each life touches so many others has an intricate plot line involving murder, teen pregnancy, Catholic families, abortion protests, lonely hearts, scarred souls, dinners at the café and prayer, especially rosaries." - National Catholic Register

"A debut novel of ambitious scope, Little Flowers raises some interesting questions regarding the consequences of murder, abortion, and pre-marital sex...[Lively] shows real talent and I hope she will continue to write because she brings a fresh viewpoint to the world inspirational novels." -- Scribes World Reviews

"Lively tries to personalize abortion by putting all these struggles in the lives of a likable set of characters...within this framework, Lively tries to render all the characters' struggles sympathetically, even mercifully. It is not a harsh book. To her credit, even the abortionists are not demonized. Some readers will be put off by the overt teaching passages. Others will find these passages reassuring, life-affirming. However, this book was published by a secular press, and that in itself is a small miracle." -- Maryanne Hannan, Southern Renaissance

From the Publisher

"Little Flowers examines the challenges faced by women who must deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Abortion is a complicated issue and this novel is a facinating read for all women, regardless of their religious affiliation."

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  • File Size: 808 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
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  • Publisher: DLP Books (November 3, 2009)
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  • Language: English
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Little Flowers" Not Your Standard Murder Mystery February 27, 2002
The story begins when the life of a noted abortion physician is tragically cut short by murder. However, this is much more than your standard murder mystery. Kathryn Lively has written a wonderful depiction of a family and community caught up in the throes of murder, set against the backdrop of the abortion issue. The story leads readers to the Merwin family, and their daughter Monica who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy, thus incurring a crisis in faith. But "Little Flowers" is not as predictable as it would seem, having its own fair share of twists and turns before the last page.
Written from a Pro-Life, Catholic viewpoint, "Little Flowers" is a refreshing break from pro-abortion rhetoric, and a return to traditional family values so lacking in today's world. Although Ms. Lively's characters have many problems, these problems are worked out through love, temperance and a good deal of prayer.
If you are looking for something new and different, with a return to moral values and traditional family cohesion, "Little Flowers" is the book for you. It may be shared with family and friends, and would be an especially good book for today's teens.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lively Bouquet April 4, 2003
Without getting preachy or condescending, Katherine Lively makes big points on issues like premarital sex, abortion, deception, and violence. She treats all the issues in her book with fairness, but without giving up ground on her beliefs.
Her well-written characters face a wide range of problems and deal with them in many different ways--some extreme.
Laugh, hope, cry, and grieve with the Merwins, a deeply devout family. Discover just how different two brothers and two protesters can be. Cope with a new life situation with Carrie, and learn how much difference one person can make and how gently it can be done. And let Pre take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride you won't soon forget.
It's a lively story from the very first page to the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, compelling and inspiring novel. July 16, 2002
Great book, I strongly recommend it. Besides being well written and being an enjoyable read, I think it is a book that Youth and Young Adult ministers and moderators, or anyone who works or deals with young people, should take a close look at and consider adding to their libraries. It is very instructive in an appealing way. There is a message, and while spoken with unmistakable clarity, it is by no means overbearing.
The story is about the murder of an abortion doctor in the Williamsburg, Norfolk area in Virginia and the eventual resolution of the murder. The story explores a cast of characters related to the murder and the abortion question in different ways. There is the sympathtic widow of the slain doctor who takes you into the mind of someone not unfavorable to abortion and this foray into her worldview, may surprise you. There are the devout Merwins, the perfect Catholic family dealing with complex contemporary internal family issues. There are the young people at a Catholic school whose relationships and decisions give compelling insight into the school life and relationships of teens. There is romantic tension between two of the more likeable characters, and of course, Rosie the devout and perceptible old lady whose apostolate is to make and distribute rosaries in front of an abortion clinic. Mystery, romance, and drama, all woven together seamlessly.

I would have thought that in a novel about abortion, you'd expect to easily find the people you like and those you hate, but KL allows us to get a feel for the psychology of each character which makes the people real. She takes us into the minds of the characters and you get to understand everyone's motivations. I think this book is a very good way to explore the abortion issue and issues regarding the pressures of young adult life.
I think this book would make a great gift for a young person and also for anyone who just plain likes a good, well told story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The power of prayer - a precious instrument or an immeasurable weapon?
Controversial subjects abound in this timely manuscript; from a secret teenage pregnancy to the legalities and moral issues of abortion to the murder of a doctor working at a women's clinic. All themes wrapped within the impenetrable cloak of Catholicism. There is a strong religious factor in this story. All the characters deal with their faith in their own way. Their faith in God, their faith in their Saints, and their faith in the teachings they received in their religion directly influence their actions, decisions, and reactions throughout the book.

Kathryn Lively's characters virtually leap from the page full of life and emotion. They'll wind their way into your heart as you flip page after page following the events of their lives.
You'll become a member of the Merwin family as mother and father struggle to raise their children in a burgeoning society wrought with temptation and sin. Follow the doctor's widow as she strives to find her way back to her Catholic roots by way of her estranged aunt.
Settle in for a warm, heart-wrenching delight of words and emotions as you become a member of this close-knit community and share their ups and downs as young and old, they endeavor to live their lives for Christ.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fell flat of expectations April 19, 2015
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As a Catholic I like to read books where the Faith is well represented, though honestly. This book was certainly interesting to read, but at times I didn't feel the author had much of a grasp on what a truly Catholic relationship might look like (i.e. Lively has a fairly devout couple kiss passionately on their first date). I also felt that the family of the pregnant student was portrayed in a way that made it look like rules were the most important part of their household. If I am remembering correctly, the author also had the characters frequently at masses receiving communion at a time when he/she should not have received Our Lord. So while I found the story compelling, I was bothered that the author used the Catholic faith as the reason for the way certain things happened and allowed other things to take place in the book which a well-formed Catholic (as implied by the fact the children attend Catholic school and serve at mass) would not do, like receiving communion in a state of mortal sin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by bossy
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
I so wanted to like this. Anyone who cares about the Catholic church and the values it tries to impart wants to see this kind of fiction written to capture the imagination of our... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Goldylox2U
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I loved this book and could not put it down. The story was so well written and the characters believable. I loved all the prayers too. A very very good book and inspiring.
Published 7 months ago by Donna Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving novel...
Little Flosers was a moving look at several different Catholic families and how the murder of an abortion provider impacts them all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Muldoon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I wish there were more , ie a series! The only disappointing part was that it was just wrapped up and over very quickly. That was disconcerting.
Published 11 months ago by Sarah G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Little flowers
It was a interesting story and very thought provoking. Gave the many aspects of abortion, and its consequences in a easy to read format
Published on November 15, 2012 by Karen J Paluch
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Novel - Too Close to the Truth
I found the story compelling. However, after building up the plot over hundreds of pages, I feel that the ending came to fast.
Published on October 26, 2012 by Bucket
5.0 out of 5 stars touching book
This sounded like a good book, so I read the sample and liked it - and ended up buying the whole book. It has a very religious angle - but I found it refreshing. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by bunnygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Love this book,very well written,love the characters and the plot.Very Catholic,like!A reasonable price for a quality book,you won't regret buying it!
Published on January 29, 2012 by Muffinminky
4.0 out of 5 stars Controversial Topic Gets Balanced Treatment
Kathryn Lively's first novel, Little Flowers, gives readers a glimpse into the tangled web of abortion. Read more
Published on March 12, 2003 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Kathryn Lively is an award-winning writer and editor, Slytherin, Big Bang Theorist, and Rush (the band) fan. She is an EPIC Award nominee and winner and has edited EPIC Award nominated titles for Phaze Books, Whiskey Creek Press, and FrancisIsidore ePress. She also maintains a pen name, L.K. Ellwood, for other mysteries.

She loves chocolate and British crisps and is still searching for a good US dealer of Japanese Kit Kat bars.

Kathryn assists businesses with Virginia Beach social media services, and also works as a freelance writer. You are welcome to visit Kathryn online: (book reviews)

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