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A Bouquet of Love (Weddings by Design Series #4)
     

A Bouquet of Love (Weddings by Design Series #4)

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by Janice Thompson
 

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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 huge Greek family--especially her father--has other ideas. They've all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location

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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 huge Greek family--especially her father--has other ideas. They've all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand--directly across the street from the Rossis' popular pizza place--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 Bella's good graces!

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

Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers one more romp with Bella, Galveston, and the bustling wedding biz in the final installment of her popular series. Anyone who loves quirky families, loads of laughter, and tender romance will find themselves hooked.

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Library Journal
09/01/2014
Cassia Pappas's father abruptly moves his family from Santa Cruz, CA, to Galveston, TX, to open a new gyro restaurant. But just as they are getting settled he wants to close the business and move back. Unfortunately, this time around there is more at stake than just uprooting the clan—many of the Pappas family members have found much to enjoy in Galveston, especially florist Cassia, who has fallen in love with handsome Alex Rigas. Will the family follow Babbas, the patriarch, and return to California, or do they take a stand and make him realize that their true home is in Galveston? VERDICT Thompson's fourth entry in her wedding-themed series (after The Dream Dress) presents a humorous look at a close-knit Greek family, the members of which are somewhat out of their depth as they acclimate to a new city. (Think My Big Fat Greek Wedding moves to Texas.) Thompson's characters are well drawn and appealing, and her writing is fresh and engaging. Fans of chick lit and foodie fiction will enjoy this fun romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441245175
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/12/2014
Series:
Weddings by Design Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
277,603
File size:
4 MB

Meet 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 www.janiceathompson.com.

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A Bouquet of Love (Weddings by Design Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
Wow! Wow! Wow! were my feelings as I finished this awesome book.  The humor in the midst of conflict and feuding was delightful.  I thought the proposal in the 3rd book could not be beat but this one was just as great.  I am sorry to see this series end and hope we will see more of these characters that I have fallen in love with.  I loved the spiritual thread of being kind to your neighbors that ran throughout this book.   
LisaD More than 1 year ago
Cassia is apprehensive about telling others her last name and letting them know her family is the new gyro shop owners because her Dad and Uncle Laz are feuding. She worries about how it will impact her relationship with Alex and Bella and the rest of her new friends. A funny and loving book that not only focuses on Cassia and Alex and Pappas family, but also brings back several characters from the Back stage pass series and of course you have the lovable and funny Rossi family. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like it as much as the other books in this series, but it was still really good. A great conclusion to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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God-Lover More than 1 year ago
It was an absolute delight to read “Bouquet of Love”! If you’ve ever read a Janice Thompson book you’ll know her books never fail to bring a smile and brighten a bad day. “Bouquet of Love” was no exception! I loved catching up with the Rossi and Pappas family. You’ll be immediately charmed by this sweet Texas romance that whisks you away to Galveston Island where roses aren’t the only thing blooming, (and where pizza and gyros happen to be the two main food groups). You’ll meet some of the most quirky, lovable, captivating characters ever. (And whoever said they were just characters??) I highly recommend “Bouquet of Love” and all of Janice Thompson’s books!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A Bouquet of Love by: Janice Thompson Enjoyable book. Can't wait to read rest of series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Bouquet of Love is yet another fun read by Janice Thompson. I just love this series. Janice Thompson is a master at writing a Romantic Comedy and A Bouquet is no exception. Great book! 4 1/2 stars
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
Fans new and old will LOVE this new release from Thompson! In A Bouquet of Love, our main character's, "obsession" is Judy Garland. Cassia is constantly humming a Judy Garland song or remembering a scene from a Judy Garland movie. This, of course, brought up fond memories of her movie with Fred Astaire, Easter Parade. What I particularly loved about this novel by Thompson was the fresh, outside look at the Rossi clan. Cassia and her, fun, crazy Greek family heavily remind me of a certain Italian family I have come to love. Their quirks and traditions of course, vary from the Rossis; nevertheless, their core values are the same. In many ways I hope this is not the last book in the Weddings by Design series. I would love the chance to get to know Cassia's family better as well as spend more time with the other beloved characters we've come to know (Scarlet, Hannah, Drew, Gabi, etc.). All in all, if you're looking for a comedy to brighten your day and a underlying message to encourage you, then this book is for you. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you look into Ms. Thompson's other books and series. Thompson's books repeatedly bring a smile to my face. Now I begin the wait for her next book... I recommend to readers fifteen and older. This is a "romance" novel, though in my opinion, romance is not the focus. I would like to publicly offer my sincerest apologies to Revell and Ms. Thompson for the late review. I'm coming off a long trip and I got the tour dates mixed up. I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
A Bouquet of Love By: Janice Thompson A Bouquet of Love is the fourth book in the series of Weddings by Design. I loved them all. Kinda reminds me of the story of the Hatfields and the McCoys families feuding and love wins. Cassia doesn't like what the family wants to do all she has in her mind is she wants her own floral shop. The father wants to get them in to a restaurant . The battle will be on for the Pappas and the Rossi's. Can Cassia find what she wants her flowers and maybe some love also and still hold on to her family who wants something different and the battle between the families? Will love prevail? I loved the characters in the story and other bought in from the other books. Always sad to see a series end. I love the style of writing by Janice Thompson. Books of romance and fun. When you get to the end of the book is a note from Janice about things that have happened in her life while writing this story. From the death of a best friend to the birth and almost losing a granddaughter. Plus her own health issues. God sure had His hand on her and still a beautiful story is written. Please hold up Janice and the granddaughter in prayer. Awesome book and I couldn't put it down. 5 star book. This book was given to me by Revell for my own honest opinion.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
When I'm looking for a hilarious yet touching read I turn to Janice Thompson's work. She's sure to delight all of her loyal fans with this newest peek into the beloved yet wacky Rossi family. This time around there is a new family on the block. If you thought the Rossi clan was over the top, just wait until you get to know the Pappas family.  The Pappas family has moved to Galveston and set up their Greek restaurant directly across the street from Parma John's. Let the rivalry begin! The storyline this time around centers on Cassia Pappas and her big Greek family. Cassia loves flowers and even went to school to learn floral design, but her father has other plans for her. He thinks she should be a good Greek daughter and stay and help run the family business, Super Gyros. In an impulsive moment Cassia applies for and gets a job at Patti-Lou's Petals. Unbeknownst to her at the time, the flower shop is owned by the rival Rossi family. The problem is she likes them and wants to continue on. How in the world is she going to convince her Babbas to give his blessing? While I think you would benefit from reading the whole series and perhaps even going back and reading the beginning series, Weddings by Bella, you can just snatch this book up and read it on its own. All the zany characters are included and the shenanigans of the Rossi family are now being topped by the Pappas family. What more could you want for a lazy afternoon's entertainment?!!  This story is full of fun. The characters are at times annoying yet moments later endearing. Once you begin reading about them you are going to wish you could meet them in real life. Or maybe you already have . . . after all don't we each have that crazy relative in our lives that we just can't live without? If you've got a quirky family that you love, I think you're also going to love the Rossi and Pappas families. I was provided with a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
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Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
First thoughts: I am a huge Janice Thompson fan and she did not disappoint. This one was so much fun! A Bouquet of Love is part of the Wedding's by Design series which is a spin off of Wedding's by Bella series and Backstage Pass series and I do suggest that you start from the beginning even though you could read this one by itself. You get so much more out of it if you already know all the characters. Trust me they are a blast and you will love everyone of them! So this one reminds a little of the Hatfield's and McCoy's but not quiet as rough, but they are definitely a feuding. It is the Greeks vs. the Italian. Cassia Pappas and her family are new to Galveston Texas. They have come to open a Gyro restaurant called Super Gyros and it is right across the street from Parma Johns an Italian eater. Let the war begin! Cassia's father has forbid her or any other family member from talking to the enemy. They must stay away from the Rossi's because they must just be evil, they are Italians. Her father has this idea of how his restaurant is going to be so much better that they will take all of Parma Johns customers. Uncle Laz, whom you would know from any of the other books is the owner of Parma Johns and he has also forbidden his family from having anything to do with the Pappas. The only problem with this is that the Rossi's are everywhere. Bella owns Club Wed, Marcella owns the flower shop, Scarlett owns the Bakery and if they are not a Rossi, they are married to a Rossi or friends with a Rossi. They are super friendly and Cassia loves flowers that is what she wants to do not make Gyros. She gets a job at the flower shop before she realizes that it's ran by a Rossi, now what is she suppose to do? Her brother hangs out at the baseball field and meets a real nice coach and starts helping him out before he finds out, he is a Rossi. Eva finds a friend in the girl that cuts hair at the salon and finds out she is a Rossi, even their mom makes friend with someone before realizing she is  a Rossi. So now we have a lot of secret friends going on here because no one wants to let Babbas know that they are talking to the enemy. They are all really sweet down home people, but you just can't tell a stubborn Greek man that. To him and his restaurant they are the enemy. It makes for a lot of laughs. Meanwhile, Cassia meets Alex whose family supplies the flower shop with their flowers and they hit it off right away. Who wouldn't love a Greek cowboy! I want one! His family is just as rambunctious as her family, so it was easy for them to get along. She has found the man of her dreams and he is Greek and loves flowers. Now if she can find away to end the feud between two families before it breaks up the family. I loved Cassia she was so much fun to read about. She has this large Greek family and her father is so stubborn and his superhero costume to promote Super Gyros made me laugh. I don't know if I could survive in a family like that as I only have one older brother. Cassia wants to do as her father wants her too and she really did try and stay away from the Rossi's it's just that God has other plans. Alex, he was a sweetheart and a Greek Adonis disguised as a cowboy. He was such the southern gentleman and he even loved his big loud family even when they get all embarrassing. His family is just as fun as the Rossi's and Pappas and most of them have been in previous books. Actually I think most of the secondary characters have been in previous books and it was so much fun to be with them all again. When you really love a series even if it's split up into different series its fun to come back home to characters you have grown to love. I so enjoyed this book as it just made me laugh and smile and sometimes after reading some books that can bog you down it's real nice to just relax in a sweet romance with a lot of humor. I would recommend this to anyone who loves contemporary romances, and even though it's a Christian romance, it doesn't preach or anything it's just a real down home sweet romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As delightful as a calorie free chocolate covered donut - A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson was delicious. I had never read anything by this author before, but since finishing this one, I have read five others of hers and enjoyed all of them. This particular one was riotous. I am not someone who usually laughs out loud when reading, but I did it so often while reading this one that my husband actually rifled through the book to check it out – I even snorted once, very unbecoming. The book is all about family dynamics. Take one gigantic Italian family and one very large Greek family, both with stubborn (but loveable) patriarchs and stir them together in a big pot; guaranteed mayhem will ensue, especially since they are both in the food business. Add in one daughter trying to make her own way and one delicious cowboy and you even get to have romance with your mayhem! If you are looking for something scrumptious to read pick up this book today! I want to thank Revell Group who gave me this book in exchange for an honest review.
RandomAmb More than 1 year ago
A Bouquet of Love is the fourth book in Thompson’s Weddings by Design series. The main character is Cassia Pappas, the oldest daughter in a populous Greek family. Cassia is stuck–she feels tethered to her father by his apron strings and thinks she’ll never break away from the family business, Super Gyros. Loneliness plagues Cassia even though she is constantly surrounded by family. The family’s relocation from California to Galveston, Texas, was not something she saw coming, but it could turn out to be the best thing to ever happen to the Pappas family. I first fell in love with Janice Thompson’s work when I happened upon a book called White as Snow. I enjoyed it immensely, and I’ve been keeping an eye on her work ever since. I haven’t read any of the other Weddings by Design titles, but I plan to in the near future. It usually takes me awhile to get into a book, but this one was different! I felt like I knew who Cassia Pappas was from the first sentence. I realized I was reading faster than usual, and that was because I just knew Cassia was a fast talker with a big personality. I rooted for Cassia from the beginning, and I loved the supporting characters as well. As a Texan, I thought a few things were overexaggerated, but that’s to be expected. Babbas and Laz are characters in every sense of the word, and Thompson wrote them so well! Cassia has a fondness for Judy Garland, so each chapter title is a Judy Garland song. The beginning of each chapter also has a ‘You know you’re Greek if…’ line, which I found highly entertaining and believable! Thompson’s series are a bit interconnected–this book is all about the Pappas and the Rossis. Characters from her ‘Weddings by Bella’ and ‘Backstage Pass’ series are also abundant in A Bouquet of Love. I really enjoyed this story. I recommend it for fans of christian fiction, christian romance, and family stories. *I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
Ah, Janice Thompson has done it again. I don't know what it is about this author, and this series, but it has completely won over my heart, and this latest installment did not disappoint. In fact, this may be one of my favorites. Favorite main character, favorite family, favorite swoony love interest. I've mentioned before, in my review of The Dream Dress, how my favorite part of this series and Janice Thompson's books are the characters, the family, and this one was definitely no different. Babbas and his antics had me cracking up. I will say, I wish there had been some more on the sibling side. I don't think we ever heard the little brother's name until finally at the end, he was always just the younger brother, and I was confused for a while on how many of them there actually was. But other than that, I loved it. I will say, I think I have a weakness for anything Greek, so this was destined to be a sure favorite. Alex...sa-wooon. Did I mention I think he's my favorite love interest so far? Well, he is. I did have the same issue that I've had with the other books, on how it seemed too insta-lovey. I mean, it wasn't the annoying kind of insta-love (insta-lust), but it did seem to move really fast. But whatever. The romance did seem more developed and substantial than in others, though. And of course, the culture. Loved it. I loved the everyday family interactions, the "battle" between Babbas and Uncle Laz had me cracking up, and of course our lovely Splendora Sisters were back in action. My favorite Rossis were back, as well as Scarlet, Hannah, Gabi and yes, even Guido the parrot. Even Brock and some characters from Thompson's other series, Backstage Pass, (which I haven't read so wasn't too concerned with) made an appearance. So yes, this book was everything I have come to expect from this series and this author. It made me smile, laugh, swoon. But, as I guess this is the last in this series, I neeeed her to write another spin-off. I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters!
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Christian romance :) If you enjoyed the movie you will LOVE this book. Even if you didn’t see the movie if you like stories about strong families, romance, and that will make you laugh out loud then you need to pick up this book. This is the second book by Janice I have read and the second on in this series I have read, but it is the fourth volume in Weddings by Design. Although it is a series and there are repeat characters the main characters are new and you can read it as a stand alone. So have no fear if you haven’t read anything else in this series. Cassia is a fun character, trying to make her family happy but also wanting to follow her dreams. She struggles with letting people know who she really is because her dad is making things difficult in the neighborhood, especially with the Rossi family, who happens to own the flower shop Cassia gets a job working for. When Cassia meets the Rossi’s she sees they really aren’t the enemy and very nice people but she can’t tell her dad that. There were times I just wished she’d spit out the truth and tell people she belonged to the new Greek family, but honestly if she did that too soon it would’ve lost some of its tension. Alex seems to be perfect for her, a nice, part Greek guy. It’s interesting being in first person because we don’t really see Alex’s weaknesses and he almost seems too perfect. But isn’t that the why it is when you first meet someone, they put their best foot forward and they seem perfect. So because we aren’t in Alex’s head we only see him how Cassia sees him, which is very nice :) Definitely a fun read with a great message, hope you get a chance to read this one. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
You can't beat Janice Thompson's romantic comedy! To take a quote just a little bit out of context “(This book is) hysterical!” I found myself trying to smother my laughter late at night because I just couldn't put the book down. A Bouquet Of Love will pull you in from page one to the last sweet-as-tea line. I have loved every one of Janice Thompson's books that I have read and especially this series. One of my favorite things about the Weddings By Design series is that the author has added these great sayings and isms, this book features some of the funniest “You know you are Greek if/when...” that left me cracking up. Janice Thompson is a master of lightweight romance that is full of spiritual truths. It never ceases to amaze me how much I have been entertained and yet how the story has gently nudged me. I love her depiction of families, it so so humorously accurate. In some ways A Bouquet Of Love was quite familiar, as in Cassia's life is a little bit like mine minus that wacky family, honestly my Dad wouldn't be caught dead in tights and a cape. Hysterically funny, romantic, and just plain wonderful A Bouquet Of Love is a book you really shouldn't miss. I think this book can easily be one of my favorite reads of this year. (I received a copy of this book from RevellReads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
RubieLee More than 1 year ago
I had no idea when I began reading this book that I would be diving into a hilarious romantic comedy. A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson is a page turner and truly belongs on the big screen. It is fourth in Thompson’s Weddings by Design series, and a must read for this year. Get out your “to read” list and add this title and the other three of this series! I love the characters in this hysterical story about a frustrated daughter, a controlling father, and a very attractive delivery boy from the wrong family. This story is somewhere between My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Romeo and Juliet, but unique with its own flavor and dynamic. There are plenty of eccentric characters to keep you laughing along with believable, subtle romance to capture your attention. In fact, you might get so caught up in the story, you find yourself up way past bed time. My favorite “supporting cast” members in A Bouquet of Love, were Aunt Twila and her best friends, Bonnie Sue and Jolene. I lived in Texas many years ago and I am positive I have met these women! Teased hair, glittery tops, and so much make-up you need something stronger than Noxzema to remove it might just describe their look. I so enjoyed this book by Janice Thompson. It really was outside of my normal pick, but I will definitely be coming back for more from this author. I was given a complimentary copy of Bouquet of Love from its publisher, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated and all opinions are my own.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
This is volume 4 in the Weddings by Design series. Although I've read the others, it is meant to be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. Even so, I've enjoyed "seeing" more of the Rossi family. (It's not necessary, but if possible, I'd recommend reading them in order.) I appreciate the humor that Thompson inserts, and I find myself smiling as I read. The protagonist, Cassia Pappas, a twenty-three year old single lives with her Greek family above their sandwich shop. She loves flowers and has even obtained an accreditation with the American Institute of Floral Designers. She dreams of working in a flower shop, and discovers that just such a job has a position available in a floral shop a few blocks down from her family's new restaurant. However, her father, Babbas, rules his roost and makes all decisions--even those for his grown daughter! Cassia fears approaching him about leaving the sandwich shop to work with flowers. It's hard for a non-Greek woman to understand the ties that Babbas has with his family. To complicate matters, Babbas instructs his entire family to ignore the "enemy" pizza shop across the street. That proves quite difficult when that very shop is filled with the Rossi clan--a large Italian family. The tension of both shops marketing for the same customers provides interesting developments. Thank you to Lanette Haskins at Baker Publishing Group Baker Publishing Group for my copy.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
The Pappas family has recently relocated to Galveston, Texas to open a Greek restaurant only to discover that across the street is a pizza establishment that turns out to be their competition and nemesis.  Both family patriarchs get into a war of trying to outdo the other causing friction between the families.  But as the Pappas family settles into their new surroundings the mom and children discover their new friends belong to the extended Rossi family, whom own the pizza restaurant; but Babbas (the father of the Pappas family) has forbidden them to associate with the competition.  Cassia is especially torn between her dream of working in a flower shop and her ties to the family which is further complicated when her heart gravitates toward the deliveryman at the flower shop.   The story is light hearted and includes many silly nuances about living in a traditional Greek family.  The familial ties and loyalty were strong, which I appreciated.  Personally I felt the plot to be unoriginal and superficial.  The author was repetitive in her phrasing without adding new information to enhance the story’s details.  Cassia in particular, continually ogled over Alex’s physical appearance but I never felt his personality was well articulated in the narrative.  And the relationship progressed to a romantic level too quickly.  The story redeemed itself a bit for me toward the end and I thought the resolution between the families to be creative.  I also liked the scene where Cassia met Alex’s eccentric family, which was well described.   I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
When Cassia Pappas arrives in town with her family, they arrive loud and noisy, especially her Babas, or Dad. He opens a Greek restaurant right across the street from our beloved Uncle Laz’s Parma John’s, and thinks he can drive the Italian restaurant out of business. He then discovers that the Rossi family owns most of the area, and he begins a feud, a little presumptuous, don’t you think? What happens with this family is so funny, and yet you really can see it happening, and I loved the Mother with her make-up, and Babas costume, can just picture this, hysterical! Loved the gift Cassia has with flowers and how God leads her to one in need to use this gift. She ends up at the right place at the right time, and I see God’s hand in this, and there is the beginning to the answers of the big problem that exists. We also have a bit of romance in store for Cassia when through her work at the flower shop she meets Alex, a half Greek Adonis, who happens to own with his family a flower farm. Will Babas allow a relationship? Come along and see how the feud between the Pappas family and the Rossi Family ends up, there are so many funny happenings. I can’t wait for the next one. There is a note at the end of the book of a personal nature from Janice, and please pray for her and her family, they have not had an easy year. I received this book this book through the Publisher Revell’s Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson – A Book Review      This book might be for you if you enjoy reading a light romance.  This book might be for you if the Hallmark Channel is your go to channel each evening.  This book might be for you if you live in or love to vacation in Galveston.  This book might be for you if the mere mention of the words gyro, tzatziki, or baklava make your mouth water profusely.  This book might be for you if you grew up honoring your Italian or Greek heritage, or if you grew up in a big family of any heritage.  This book might be for you if you are a Judy Garland fan. Finally this book might be for you if your life revolves around a family business.       Ms Thompson introduces each chapter with humorous, “You might be Greek if…” statements.  The story itself focuses on the common ground among people and people groups rather than the attributes that set them apart.  It is a story of two families, one Italian and one Greek, with competing restaurants, and with warring patriarchs who seek to provide for their large families. It is a story of the women of the families who build relationships and bridges.  To quote one wise woman, Helena Pappas, “What ever happened to winning people over with love?  With real relationships?  This is what being a Christian is all about.”      It is also a story about recognizing and using our God given gifts and passions, and both encouraging and allowing others to do the same.  This lesson is especially focused on parents as they prepare their fledglings to fly the nest rather than tethering them there. It’s about roots and wings.        With such serious themes, readers can be grateful to Ms Thompson for skillfully including humor reminiscent of the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  Personally I found it to also be reminiscent of large Italian family gatherings I’ve attended, lots of love, lots of food, and lots of noise.       While I prefer romance to serve as a subplot within a mystery, historical or science fiction novel, I did enjoy this novel that relied heavily on the wedding theme of the series of which it is a part.  I found it well written, amusing and entertaining, but just because of my own reading preferences, would not want a steady diet of this type of story.        I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing A Bouquet of Love for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Janice Thompson by accident, but I love her stories! Great characters, a beautiful setting, a bit of conflict and a nice dose of God's love and power. Not preachy, but a wonderful example how turning to others for help is always the answer. Can't wait for the next one!!
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
***7/4/2014 A Bouquet of Love, Book 4 of Weddings by Design Series by Janice Thompson Cassia Pappas finds herself on Galveston Island after her family relocates there to start a new business. Her father expects her to work in the family Gyro restaurant but she dreams of working with flowers. As the family settles in and gets the restaurant off the ground Cassia finds the perfect job working for a local flower shop on the Strand. The only problem is her overbearing father forbids any interaction with the Italian family, the Rossi’s and the flower shop is owned by the family. As Cassia try’s to hide her interaction with the forbidden Rossi’s she finds romance and true friends. I found A Bouquet of Love to be light, fun and entertainingly humorous. The author Janice Thompson did a fantastic job of bringing this story to life with realistic characters and humor. It is part of a series but is a great stand alone book. I have not read the whole series and had no trouble following along. I have read book 3 the Dream Dress and loved it also. I give A Bouquet of Love 5 Stars. I want to thank the author Janice Thompson and publisher Revell for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I was provided with this book in exchange for my honest review.