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Love in Bloom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Inspiring

    Sheila Roberts has written a book that gives inspiration to all who have suffered from a devastating illness that there can be a fulfilling life after recovery and one can develop meaningful friendships at any age.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

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    This is a profound character study of three females at different points in their respective lives

    Thirty years old Hope Walker physically survived breast cancer, but mentally the mastectomy has left her doubting she is a complete woman; consequently Hope no longer dates. Instead, she hides in the Changing Seasons Floral shop she owns; enhancing her lovely flower arrangements with beautiful written poetry. When contractor Jason Wells enters the florist, Hope realizes he is the first man she has found interesting since the operation. However, she knows she has no chance after he meets her whole sister Bobbi.

    Septuagenarian widow Millie Baldwin moved to Heart Lake to move on with her life and assist her acrimonious recently divorced daughter Debra and two grandchildren. Also newly arrived in town is Amber Howell seeking to start over at a time when she feels she has nothing. These newcomers and Hope meet at a community garden plot project and becomes friends nurturing one another as they struggle to start over.

    Bobbi is attracted to Jason's friend Duke whom she meets after she starts dating Jason. Millie meets the younger Altheus and encouraged by her two garden buds over the objections of her offspring, decides to see him. Amber struggles with her depressed husband Ty, whose feelings of failure after their restaurant went bankrupt leaves her alone to raise their son and bring in income while he wallows his life way.

    This is a profound character study of three females at different points in their respective lives summed up nicely by Millie who poignantly realizes that strangers make her feel needed and wanted more than her family does. The ensemble cast is fully developed so everyone matters. With plenty of metaphors between gardening and living, fans will relish the adventures of the three amigas as all kinds of relationships blossom when LOVE IN BLOOM is flourishing.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

    Charming, fun, laugh-out-loud funny

    I just loved this book. The characters are so sweet - you really come to know and love them by the end of the book. Anyone who loves flowers is going to love the little flower messages tucked throughout the pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

    We've all heard the phrase "Bloom where you live.", bu

    We've all heard the phrase "Bloom where you live.", but Sheila Roberts enriches this with her  lovely book, LOVE IN BLOOM.  Her characters have to learn to "Live where they bloom."  Seemingly a subtle difference, but a very important lesson to learn about life. She beautifully builds this story with Hope's flower shop and the different meanings each flower conveys, as each character  learns to experience life and love at it's best and fullest!




    In this book, a number of woman find themselves learning this lesson while tending their plants in Heart Lake's Community Gardens.  Hope owns Changing Seasons, the local flower shop, where she expertly helps people choose just the right bloom for everyone and every occasion. She is also a breast cancer survivor who struggles with her self image after reconstructive surgery.  Amber is a young mother who's husband is having difficulty finding a job after loosing their restaurant.  Millie is a 77 year old widow who's just moved into town to live with her divorced daughter and her two kids.  As they grow plants together, they help each other through problems, and learning to bloom beautifully in their own lives.




    There is romantic love explored in this book, but what I truly appreciated was the exploration of love in all it's other forms with family and friends.  Each character was very real and reminded me of people I actually know.  The use of flower meanings was fun and added to the beauty of this story.  I so appreciate that Sheila Roberts can write a true love story without filling it with sex scenes.  Roberts is becoming one of my favorite authors. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Love

    Shelia is one of my new favorites

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Cody

    Puts buster and sqad in there cages

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Pet room

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