Content Warnings: cancer, death of a parent, death of a sibling, underage drinking, addiction, depression, suicide, child abuse
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Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.
Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.
Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she’s always known.
With lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure, A Constellation of Roses is the perfect companion to Miranda Asebedo’s debut novel The Deepest Roots.
A Constellation of Roses was everything I needed at the moment I read it.
Every one of the characters was resilient and filled me with hope. They showed that life can put you through shit and it’s still possible to come out on the other side and be okay. Trix was completely unlikeable at so many times but she was also authentic. She reacted to every situation the way most teenagers would have. It’s impossible to not love her and empathize.
Something I consistently seek in the stories I read is the theme of found family – and Trix definitely found hers. Mia was the most kind and understanding person, Auntie was a riot that had jokes for days, Ember was fiercely loyal, Charly was a badass, and Jasper stole my heart. It was incredible to see Trix go from having nobody to suddenly be surrounding with the best people possible.
Contemporary stories are generally pretty straight forward and you know what to expect from them, but Miranda Asebedo added such a fun twist with a dash of magic. The women in the McCabe family each have something special they can do and I loved seeing this explored. It didn’t go so far that it made it a fantasy novel but it was such a neat extra layer that makes the book stand out.
This was the first thing I’ve read by Miranda Asebedo and it certainly won’t be the last. The characters in A Constellation of Roses have stuck with me and I desperately need to read more. I’ll be picking up a copy of her debut, The Deepest Roots, and am looking forward to her next writing project.
Don’t forget to read Miranda Asebedo’s playlist inspired by A Constellation of Roses!