Elly in Love


ellyAuthor: Colleen Oakes                                 
Publisher:  SprakPress
Genre:  Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Source:  BookSparks



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.
3 chairs


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.