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Love in Bloom
     

Love in Bloom

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by Sheila Roberts
 

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"At last! An author who writes straight to the heart of every woman...She writes with all the sweetness of Debbie Macomber, the uproarious humor of Jennifer Crusie, and a touching honesty all her own."Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

Hope Walker owns Changing Seasons Floral, Heart Lake's most popular flower shop. When it

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Love in Bloom 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Love in Bloom is a sweet, chic-lit story with a deeper message. All the romance you could wish for is here. I especially liked that Sheila Roberts writes about love in many different stages and situations. There's Hope, who has just recovered from breast cancer, and doesn't trust life yet. Her blonde bombshell sister Bobbie is trying to find Mr. Right instead of Mr. Right Now. Amber is trying to learn to trust her husband again after he took a big risk that didn't pay off, and Millie, at 77, is trying to decide if it's time to give up on love completely. All the women are sympathetically written and the theme of flowers and gardens nicely ties all the stories together. This is definitely a feel-good, restore-your-faith-in-people kind of a book, never a bad thing! I did wish that some of the characters had been given more depth, particularly the men and that the plot wasn't quite so predictable. But, in the end, I enjoyed the book and will read more by Sheila Roberts.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
nuthatchEW More than 1 year ago
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.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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. 
susank23 More than 1 year ago
Hopeless romantic at heart! I found this at BAM during vacation and thought a sweet romantic story was in order. First time reader of Ms. Roberts. I will be looking up more of her books and adding them to my TBR list.  What does Love in Bloom have? Romance-CHECK Friendship-CHECK Heartwarming-CHECK Tragedy-CHECK 315 pages of delightfulness!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shelia is one of my new favorites
NJG More than 1 year ago
Great book, really enjoyed it.
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Normally love her books! Couldn't get into this one!
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