Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"a bouquet of love" by janice thompson

About the book: She didn't expect to fall in love—but roses aren't the only thing blooming on Galveston Island.

Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her boisterous Greek family—especially her father—has other ideas. They've all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant located on the Strand—directly across the street from iconic pizza place Parma John's—and they want Cassia's full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston's premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family's faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into this former Rossi's good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop ...

My take: It bodes well for a book that's marketed as a romantic comedy when you giggle while reading the first page! From beginning to end, A Bouquet of Love is a pleasure to read. Main character Cassia Pappas narrates the novel, and nearly every time I laughed was due to something she said in her narration.

While A Bouquet of Love contains romance, I didn't really care if Cassia and Alex ended up together. For me, the most interesting aspect of the novel was the dynamic between the Pappas and Rossi families. I loved watching Cassia's relationships with the Rossi family members unfold, and the characters were so vivid that I could easily see this novel as a fun family movie on the Hallmark Channel.

Overall, A Bouquet of Love is a funny and endearing novel. And while it's the fourth book in the Weddings by Design series, you don't need to have read any of the previous books in the series (or in the Weddings by Bella or Backstage Pass series that preceded it) to jump right in. I highly recommend it for a light summer read!

My rating: 4 stars

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About the author: Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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