Monday, July 14, 2014

Elly in Love by Collen Oakes

Published June 24, 2014 by SparkPress

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.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed everything about Elly in Love.   The setting was great.   I could picture the flower shop with Elly’s apartment above it.   The smell of flowers with the great window displays done by Snarky Teenager (never had a real name.)  

The characters were absolutely amazing.   I loved how close Elly was with her friends and how supportive her co-workers were of her.  I even loved Snarky Teenager, easily relating to her attitude and needs for praise, since I have a teenager with the same attitude.  Elly’s other co-workers were equally entertaining and great secondary characters.   They kept me smiling and sometimes giggling at their silly antics added so much to the story.   Keith was another favorite.   He was understanding and loving towards Elly from the very beginning.  I was worried when he would not take her to his house, but when he told her the reasoning I was a little more understanding of it.  Dennis, Elly’s brother, was another story for me.  I understood that he was all alone after his father had died, but what a lazy excuse for a brother.    I was frustrated with Elly for putting up with him for so long before she started to put down her foot and try to hold him accountable for his life.    The pity me story got old to me very fast.  

Colleen Oakes is an author I have read in the past and will continue to read in the near future.    I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a light and easy read. 

Praise for the book:
“Elly is so endearing that you can’t help falling in love with her. I thoroughly enjoyed being on her journey as she dealt with love, loyalty, friendship and following her dreams. Elly in Love is a delightful story and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this character!” – Susie Orman Schnall, author of On Grace

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 About the author:
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.

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