All The Flowers

All The Flowers of the Mountain

Romantic version, cover

How can you forget the first person you ever loved? The one who changed everything you thought about yourself, and who you might become?

In a Paris art gallery, middle-aged cardiologist Dr. Michael Pearce confronts his past when he views a sculpture by the artist Katherine Morgan. The sculpture evokes memories of a summer so many years ago, when Michael and Katherine–Kit–first met as teenagers on a lake in New Hampshire. He, a small town boy who skied, played guitar, and was destined to run his father’s hardware store; she, the restless, troubled daughter of a wealthy New York family.

Set among the pastoral farmlands and elegant summer homes of rural New England,  All the Flowers of the Mountain is the story of a young man, Michael Pearce, whose understanding of himself and of his own potential is transformed as he falls in love with a girl who has grown up in a world very different from his own. But Kit has secrets. And while Michael dreams of a future with Kit, she has plans that will break his heart.

Sugar Hill with a view of Mt. Lafayette

All the Flowers of the Mountain is a novel set in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. While the story and all the characters are works of the imagination, the towns of Franconia, Sugar Hill and Littleton all exist. Summer people still swim at Profile Lake, and Cannon Mountain is popular for summer hikes and winters on the ski slopes.

The Town of Franconia
Backroads from Franconia to Sugar Hill
Profile Lake and the Old Man on the Mountain
The town of Littleton along the Ammoonosuc River

The winding rivers and dirt roads haven’t changed too much since the late 1970’s when much of this story takes place. The Sugar Hill Sampler and Polly’s Pancake Parlor are still favorites with visitors and locals!

The Thayer Hotel where Oliver’s Pub was the most popular bar in town
The Sugar Hill Sampler Gift Shop
Dairy Farm in the White Mountains
Polly’s Pancake Parlor