Review: Secrets of the Wildflowers by Sarah Talbert

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About the Book

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Book: Secrets of the Wildflowers

Author: Sarah Talbert

Genre: Historical Fiction/Biblical Fiction

Release date: April 30, 2024

In the heart of ancient Ur, where the gods cast shadows and tradition weaves the fabric of life, Secrets of the Wildflowers unfolds the captivating tale of Miu, a spirited young woman determined to bloom amid the constraints of her culture, family, and the ancient deities that hold sway.

When tragedy strikes, and her beloved brother becomes a sacrifice to the gods, Miu embarks on a courageous journey to break free from the shackles of societal expectations and unearth her true purpose. Inspired by the resilient wildflowers that thrive against all odds, Miu is driven to forge her own path and create a name for herself.

As Miu navigates running her own tavern, friendship with an unlikely courier, and supporting an abandoned child, she finds herself crossing paths with Abram, a figure of significance from the Bible. In their encounters, Abram imparts profound wisdom, revealing that, like the wildflowers, Miu is created to be unique. Yet, he guides her to embrace the very boundaries that enable her to flourish. 

My Thoughts

Secrets of the Wildflowers grabs your attention from the first three chapters. I have just discovered Christian Historical Fiction and I am in deep love with the genre. Sarah Talbert's debut novel is a solid four stars for me.

The depth of research is evident throughout the pages of the book. Miu runs away from the harsh reality of what service to the gods she and her family believed in entailed.

In life there comes a time when we run away from what hurts us, what devastates us and we unknowingly end up running towards God.

Since Abram became the father of faith it is a huge wow factor for me that the author incorporated him in this story and that the character learns faith from her interaction with him. It was a very mention of Abram that made me choose this book to review.

It is a good thing to know where someone has been and what they've experienced and encountered to understand where they end up. For me this was the purpose of the emphasis on the pagan gods.

What I especially liked was the fact that Miu was educated despite the fact that she was female. My mother was the brains of her family however her brothers were educated and she was forced to leave school at grade seven.

Miu's search for freedom was finally rewarded. It was not in the way she expected, the same as Jesus's reign on Earth was not the triumphant warrior disposing of all Israel's enemies as was expected.

It makes me wonder how much more I can do to affect others lives in a way that leads them to Christ. I am so happy that books like this exist to help dispel the lies that run rampant from generation to generation.

If you enjoyed A Hope Fulfilled, you will enjoy Secrets of the Wildflowers.

I received a complimentary copy of Secrets of the Wildflowers, however my review is written voluntarily.

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About the Author

Sarah Talbert, a devoted storyteller and explorer of faith, employs her creative writing to inspire spiritual growth. Through historical fiction and other writings, she shares compelling narratives aimed at deepening readers’ connections with Jesus. Sarah cultivates community through discipleship, hospitality, and storytelling, alongside managing a copywriting business that amplifies the voices of other enterprises.


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Secrets of the Wildflowers: Comparing the Ancient Near Eastern Gods with Yahweh

In the ancient civilizations of the Near East, people had a fascinating relationship with their gods. They earnestly sought the blessings of the gods, such as prosperity, reputation, and fertility, but the interactions were often unpredictable. Prayers and offerings were done with a sense of expectation, but people were always aware of the capricious whims of the gods.

When examining the relationship between humans, the gods of the Ancient Near East, and Yahweh, there are two key points to consider:

-Fragile Relationships with the Gods:

Did you know that in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, people believed that the gods held power over every aspect of their lives? They turned to their gods for blessings and protection, whether it was for a great harvest or a happy family.

The main reason behind writing “Secrets of the Wildflowers” was to compare and contrast the gods of Miu’s time (the main character) with Yahweh. Miu faces difficulty dealing with the unpredictable nature of the gods while also desiring to pursue her own path, but also needing the blessings of the gods.

-Yahweh’s Guidance and Certainty:

Enter Yahweh, the God of Abram, who presented an unmistakable difference from the uncertain association between humans and the gods in the Ancient Near East. Instead of leaving humanity to figure out the fickle nature of the gods’ goodwill on their own, Yahweh intervened in a significant manner.

Miu eventually discovers that Yahweh wants a relationship with her. He has pursued her from the beginning of the story. She just needs to learn if she wants to bloom free like a wildflower, or if she wants to follow him.

By following Yahweh’s laws, Abram and his people found peace, prosperity, and a divine relationship with God. Obeying His commands blessed them with divine favor and the assurance of His presence.

In conclusion, Miu and everyone she encounters must come face to face with a god who is unlike anything they’ve ever heard of. After losing and redefining freedom, Miu discovers that true freedom is found in working together with others and utilizing her God-given skills within a relationship with a loving God.

Blog Stops

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Guild Master, June 6 (Author Interview)

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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 9

Back Porch Reads, June 10 (Author Interview)

Naked and Unashamed, June 11 (Spotlight)

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, June 12

For the Love of Literature, June 13 (Author Interview)

Book Zone, June 13

Batya’s Bits, June 14


To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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  1. Thank you for the review. I love hearing about new to me authors and their books

    1. Hi Jcp, thanks for stopping by. I do adore finding new gems as well.

  2. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for sharing and hosting this tour.


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