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. Encouraged by her loyal friends (and one pushy coworker), Elly considers 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.
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About the Author
Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom series and the YA fantasy Queen of Hearts saga. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Elly in Love was such a fun read. I really enjoyed being in Elly's flowershop and being surrounded by her co-workers and friends. I liked being told the names of all the flowers Elly used throughout the book, instead of just being told their colors. I actually sat down for a few hours and Googled quite a bit of them. One thing I really liked about this book was that it's part of a series, yes, but was easily understood as a standalone and no previous knowledge of the first book. You got just enough of the first book without feeling like the story was on repeat. The characters and their personalities were wonderful. Elly was a wonderful person. She was real, and flawed, and doubted herself. She was a normal person. She had self-image issues, but she accepted herself. She was a person that most of us could relate to. I adored Snarky Teenager. Her energy and enthusiasm was refreshing. She was true to her age and personality; eager-to-please, a little bit needy, a bit immature, but throughout the book, you get to watch her learn and grow. She added just the perfect amount of wit and sas. Keith was another fun character. He was loving, understanding, with just enough snark. You could really feel how much he loved Elly and you got a sense that he'd do anything for her. He was absolutely devoted to her. There was one problem. Dennis. I'm not sure if I was supposed to like him or not, but I really didn't. He was a major flaw in this little book of happiness for me. I get that he was supposed to be all alone and that Elly was supposed to feel obligated to be there for him, but his attitude and actions got old really quickly. He took Elly and her hospitality for granted, using her guilt against her. I was beginning to get severely frustrated with Elly for putting up with it. Then, of course, when she put her foot down, he ran away, which only caused her more guilt. Elly in Love was my first Colleen Oakes book, but, it won't be my last. I can't wait to go back and read Elly in Bloom to catch up on what I missed. Elly in Love was a fun, light-hearted book with all-too-familiar characters and real scenarios. I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shaped or influenced my opinion.
Check out the full review at Kritters Rambings 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!
Did I enjoy this book: I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed Elly in Bloom. It’s been a while since her ex-husband’s wedding, and Elly is doing well. She and Keith are hitting it off. Her shop is doing great, and she’s thinking about opening another store. She’s about to land the celebrity wedding of the year when her life gets an unexpected visitor. And this is where I’m going to stop. I really don’t want to spoil this book. But I will say this, Elly is growing. She is strong. She still has some fears, but she is happy. She is a great friend, even to those who may not realize they need a friend. Elly in Love is a great summer read. You will laugh, maybe cry, experience some joy and excitement, and feel a bit of fear. This would be a great beach read. My one wish: I wish there were pictures of the flowers and decorations. I guess I have to go stalk Ms. Oakes’s Pinterest page . . . I can’t wait for Elly Inspired. Would I recommend it: Yes, especially if you liked Elly in Bloom. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.