Sunday, August 10, 2014

Book Review- Elly in Love

I finished reading Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes today for a BookSparks Summer Reading Blog Tour.

About the book: 

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  roke 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 o f 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.

I enjoyed being able to read this sequel right after the first book.  I was looking forward to seeing how Elly and Keith's relationship played out.  I really like them together.  Keith is so good for her, and to her.  And as for his big secret, I definitely didn't guess it!

As for the stranger that shows up.  I didn't like him at all.  I think we were supposed to feel empathy for him, but there was nothing likable about him.  He was just lazy and I was surprised that Elly put up with it.

I liked reading about BlissBride and the famous celebrity.  I DID have empathy for her.  She was likable, even with all of her faults.

One of my bigger pet peeves of the first book was that it mentioned over and over again how overweight Elly was.  I think the author did a better job of not overdoing it this time.  And I'm glad that in just like every good chick lit, there's a happily ever after.

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge Book Tour.

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

Buy the book: 

Amazon for paperback 

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.

Connect with the author:
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~ Website

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