Author: Colleen Oakes
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Goodreads: The much anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel, Elly in Bloom, is finally here!
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.
Filled with the heart, humor, and horticulture that made Elly in Bloom a bestseller, Elly in Love welcomes readers back to Elly’s big, beautiful, and messy life.
Ope’s Opinion: It was great to see Elly’s life move on after her husband cheated on her. I loved Elly being a real person with flaws. At times, I felt she was unrealistically clumsy. It seemed she fell, dropped stuff or knocked things over too often. I don’t want perfect characters – just realistic ones.
This book was a very easy read. It had some new people introduced ( don’t want to give anything away ) and a fun wedding. You will have to read it to see who all that includes!
I did feel like you could read this book as a stand alone. Colleen Oakes did a good job of giving you back story without boring those who had read Elly in Bloom. I felt the ending was a bit chaotic, then all of a sudden resolved too quickly.
Elly Inspired is her next book!
Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
I have Elly in Bloom on my Kindle so I’ll read that first and then this one.
I hope you enjoy them both. There is one to come.