#ATBR2020 – The Houseplant by Jeremy Ray

Where are my short story fans?

Thanks to the author for the free ebook copy in exchange for our honest reviews

THE HOUSEPLANT – Jeremy Ray (Released December 14th, 2020)

Book Description:

George, a fern, doesn’t appreciate being bought by Brenda at Garden Palace.

And he certainly doesn’t appreciate being trapped in her house of humans. He yearns to be with the plants outside in the garden. With time, George learns to trust Brenda and think of her as his human. Then one day, tragedy strikes and George’s life will never be the same. What happens when a houseplant loses the thing he never knew he wanted?

You’ll never look at houseplants the same way again.

Chandra’s Thoughts: 5/5 stars

OK ok ok… I admit I’ve always said short stories were never quite my thing. That sometime they worked and other times they didn’t and blah blah blah. Well, I sit here corrected because this one WORKED FOR ME! Even at the end, I said out loud to my kindle, ” THAT’S IT?!” Sigh… I need more George in my life.

I am absolutely terrible with plants. Horrible. I even killed a bamboo once. 😧 So when I first moved into my latest and greatest apartment, I decided to try my hands at a couple of succulents. I heard they were hard to kill… well, so supposedly were bamboo… but let’s not go back there. During this pandemic, I started paying more attention to them. Talking to them every morning and noticed they started thriving. And it’s weird how a human can get bonded to a plant, eh? So meet Sue and Lenny – my two succulents, I also have a coaster cactus but yeah yeah, not a real plant. Anyhow….. back to George,

How did this super short story pierce my heart? What a unique story Jeremy gave us from the POV of a fern. All living things in this world need company, love and kindness. Now I feel I need to get a bigger pot so they can intertwin roots and be happy. And possibly get a fern as well. I mean, if fern sales don’t go up after this story is released …… 😉

An absolutely adorable read

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

Who knew a short story about a plant could be so fun? I know short stories are hit or miss for a lot of people because sometimes you need more, but this one I think was just perfect. I’ve never been one to have plants or gardens, mainly because I suck at keeping them alive, to be fair, my husband isn’t the best either. He water a basil plant daily and it got moldy 😂

I’ve read books from the perspective of pets but never of a plant. This just shows us that everything needs love and attention and now I feel like I need to try again, but am afraid I’ll kill the little plant. I highly recommend this short story and I hope for more from Ray!

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