Elly in Bloom

Author: Colleen Oakes                                                                elly in bloom
Publisher:  CreateSpace Publishing Platform
Pages: 324
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Source:  BookSparks



Goodreads:  What would you do if you had to design your lover’s wedding?

Surrounded by lush flowers and neurotic brides, chubby 32-year old Elly Jordan has carved out a sweet little life for herself as the owner of Posies, a boutique wedding florist in St. Louis. It’s not bad for a woman who drove away from her entire life just two years ago when she found her husband entwined with a red-headed artist.

Sure, Elly has an embarrassingly beautiful best friend, a terribly behaved sheepdog and a sarcastic assistant who she simply calls “Snarky Teenager”, but overall her days are pleasantly uneventful. As a bonus, her new next door neighbor just happens to be an unnervingly handsome musician who has an eye for curvy Elly.

Just when she feels that she is finally moving on from her past, she discovers that an extravagant wedding contract, one that could change her financial future, is more than she bargained for.

With the help of her friends, staff and the occasional well-made sandwich, Elly bravely agrees to take on the event that threatens to merge her painful history with her bright new life, and finds herself blooming in a direction she never imagined.

Elly’s voice, both charming and hilarious, will appeal to those readers who have been looking for a new voice in chick-lit, and will give women of all sizes the realistic heroine they’ve been waiting for.

Ope’s Opinion: This was a very good read.  It had a lot of humor it.  The story kept a very good pace.  It was deep enough to become involved with the characters, but the story lines kept moving, so I did not get bored.

I realize this was about a florist, but at times the flower descriptions were a bit much for me.

I liked the characters – they were well developed, realistic and fun to watch change and grow.  Elly especially grew through facing her fears and standing up  for herself.  It was good to read about a woman who has struggles, then becomes strong.  It was also good to see her not repeat her mistakes.

I am looking forward to Elly in Love.


Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

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