Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes

Elly in Love
by Colleen Oakes

Publisher: SparkPress
Pages: 285
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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. 

Kritters Thoughts:  The second in the Elly series and I loved this one even more!  Elly is a successful florist in the St Louis area and after the drama from the first book that was solely focused on her business, this book split the focus between her business and her personal life.  She is in the beginning dating stages with the deli guy next door, but a person from her past that she doesn't even know about will show up on her front door and turn her life upside down!

I sailed through this book!  It was sweet and fun and I love Elly's quirkiness.  She is such a fun main character, I could read glimpses into her life for so much longer.  I love her ups and downs.  The secondary characters don't overshadow, but they also don't fade in the background - they are perfectly intermixed into the story.  I felt that since we saw a little more of Elly's life outside of her business that the reader got to know her a little more personally in this book - it was great!

This is definitely a second book where I would strongly advised to pause and read the first book first.  If I am correct, this will not be the last we hear from Elly!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booksparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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