Setting & Locations
Grove, once a small northern Illinois
farming community faces change as
Chicago suburbs approach its borders.
The locals, an aging population of
bikers, farmers, and expatriated
Chicagoans are modern in every way, but
have no desire to be a part of the
greater metropolitan area.
Gazette: The three-story
frame building, home to Raccoon
Grove's weekly paper, once housed a
feed store—the heart and business
center of an agricultural county. By
the 1990s, only a handful of
family-owned farms remained on the
fringes of the nation's third
largest city. The ones not swallowed
by corporate farms, became
casualties of the super producers.
The structure sat on the main drag,
prominent because of its size and
nestled between the Farmers Credit
Union and the phone company. Across
the street were Mike's Diner and a
two-room county library. Local
businesses had succumbed to the
mammoth department stores that
infiltrated nearby Chicago suburbs.
They, like the family farms, could
Gardens: In a garden,
especially one as magnificent as
Kate's, the visual impact of the
flowers can depend on the space
provided for viewing. Just as
impressionist painters represent a
scene by revealing not the color of
objects, but the effect of light on
those colors, a carefully planned
viewing space allows visitors to
absorb the range of shades and
fragrances as the artist intended.
The following morning, Tracy joined
Kate in the gardens' focal point,
her fourteen-foot Jefferson gazebo.
Characters in Flowers for Her
didn't realize how deeply her father's
death in her childhood affected her
until she faced life alone in her 40s.
As a young woman, she had counted on her
natural beauty to survive, a beauty that
took her to the runways of pageants and
contests around the state. When her
beauty faded, her marriage ended, and
her children moved out, she started a
flower garden. Now in her early 60s, she
believes growing flowers saved her life,
and her best friend, Tracy Kendall made
it more interesting.
columnist, journalist, and co-owner of
the Raccoon Grove Gazette, is the
author of 'Tracy's Tidbits', a gossip
column that provides an important
service to the community. Small towns
thrive on gossip and the loved and hated
columnist dished out dirt with the best
of them. Tracy's followers considered
her as brassy and brutal as any gossip
charming, witty, well-built husband and
friend. Dave often finds himself in the
middle of Tracy's adventures—almost
troubled twenty-five-year-old who spent
much of her youth in and out of mental
hospitals for depression. She struggles
to remember events of twenty years ago
that changed her life.
sheriff and town drunk. Even as alcohol
deteriorates his brain, Ben manages to
remember a secret that may cost him his
twenty-five-year-old actress who lives
in neighboring Chicago. She claims to
know nothing about Raccoon Grove or the
missing Kimberly Vandenberg, but growing
evidence suggests a link.
man who claims to be the only surviving
member of the Raccoon Grove Vandenberg
family. He has come to town to inherit
the two million dollar estate.