Friday, July 11, 2014

Elly in Love - Review

Review by Marlene Engel

Posies Florist is Elly’s pride and joy.  There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to ensure the success of her business.  Including designing the flowers for her ex-husband’s wedding to the mistress that broke them up!  But that’s behind her now and so is the crazy year that she’s had.  Things are finally looking up for Elly Jordan.  She has a new boyfriend, Keith, who adores her and she just found out that she was chosen to be on BlissBride, a reality show where she gets to design the wedding for a celebrity.  She’s even hoping that, with the added attention her store will be getting from being on the show, that she’ll be able to open a second store in downtown Clayton.  But when a strange, young man shows up at her store, Elly’s world gets turned upside down.  He comes bearing information that will change her life forever. 

What I love the most about this book is Elly’s character.  She just seems so real and relatable.  She’s not stick thin, hasn’t had the perfect life, but she tries to make the best of what she’s got.  I enjoyed how endearing the book was with the perfect amount of humor mixed in.  Although it’s the second book in the series, with Elly In Bloom being the first, it can be read as a stand-alone.  I would definitely recommend this book.  It would make for the perfect summer read!

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About the Author:
Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom Series and the upcoming YA fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga, both published via Sparkpress. 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 another YA fantasy series called Wendy Darling.

Colleen’s Favorite Things

Favorite Movie: Moulin Rouge and Titanic. I’m a sucker for a tragic love story. Sorry about the spoilers.

Favorite Musicians: Sia, Missy Higgins, Josh Groban, U2, Adele, Mumford and Sons, JJ Heller, The Autumn Film, Joshua Radin and Ingrid Michaelson.

Favorite Foods: Tuna wraps, grilled cheese sandwiches, strawberries, frozen yogurt and anything with chocolate. I have the distinguished palate of a five year old.

Favorite Authors (this will be a doozy): Ann Patchett, Jennifer Weiner, Barbara Kingsolver, Erik Larson, George R.R Martin, J.K Rowling, Ernest Cline, C.S Lewis, Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret George, Janelle Brown, Neil Gaiman and about a hundred more.

Favorite Book: Classic? Jane Eyre. Contemporary? The Poisonwood Bible.

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