by Colleen Oakes
Just released: June 2014
Genre: Chick-lit, Romance
Paperback: 374 pages
Elly in Bloom
Elly in Love
Curvy wedding florist Elly Jordan has had quite a year. First, she had to design her ex-husband’s wedding to the mistress who split them up, and then she broke up with the hottest musician this side of St. Louis. Three months have passed since then, and now Elly is primed for what promises to be the best wedding season of her life.
Helped by her loyal friends, Elly is on the verge of opening a chic flower boutique uptown when BlissBride, a popular wedding reality show, asks her to design the wedding of a famous—make that infamous–celebrity. Elly is about to get everything she’s ever wanted, when a stranger shows up at her store with a request that changes every aspect of her life–including her budding relationship with deli owner Keith. As she struggles to stay calm in the midst of growing chaos, Elly will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice.
Elly enviously watched the two of them make their way toward the parking lot, one lurching like a zombie, the other jogging in place.
-chapter 17, location 3530, kindle
Elly is a nice down-to-earth character who finds herself juggling a little more than work and romance in this story.
There are a couple amusing moments but for the most part I found this to be a pleasant romance that incorporated the world of floral design of a small up and coming shop in a small town.
Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom series and the YA fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga, both published via SparkPress, a BookSparks imprint. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son.
When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture.
She is currently at work on the last Elly novel and her second YA fantasy series, Wendy Darling.
* review copy courtesy of Summer Reading Challenge 2014. @booksparks #SRC2014!