Kindra Dean is just fine with her life, or so she thinks. Yes, she's depressed, yes, she's haunted by the memories of her dead sister, and wracked with guilt, not to mention anti-social to boot. But for all intents and purposes, she's fine. After all, she has her job as Library Director in a small Massachusetts town called Orangedale, and she's damn good at it too. Anybody would tell you that. Enter Tiana or T, as she is called, the half Ukrainian, half Puerto Rican, boisterous, outspoken masculine lesbian who moves in downstairs. Kindra and T meet one evening when T is beating the hell out of her punching bag. The noise drives Kindra insane, so much so, that she feels, she must go downstairs and tell that new neighbor to quiet down. But Kindra quickly loses her nerve when the heavily tattooed, muscular T answers the door. T invites her in, and proceeds to tell her about her break up with her lover of 12 years. From that strange first meeting, a friendship develops, a friendship that ultimately changes Kindra's life. Sometimes a day can start out rainy but ends in glorious sunshine... On the other side of town lives Tommy Shannon, the pissed off at the world wheelchair bound man, who lives in his world of porn, and feeling sorry for himself. But his eccentric, Irish mother has other ideas for her son. Her best idea to date, is to bring the pretty Kindra Dean over to charm her son, and save him from his misery. But Tommy will have none of that, after all, he's fine in his world in porn. Can't his mother see that? What ensues is a disastrous meeting between the two, one where Tommy tells her, "To get out, and not let the door hit her in the ass on the way out." To Kindra vowing to never see that Prick-of-the-Year Tommy Shannon again. But that's not the end, but merely just the beginning. The story weaves these two together over the next year as Kindra faces down her demons, and Tommy, through much soul searching decides he wants more for his life. Through the sorrow
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About the Author
Kathleen Kilgallon loves walking the beach and hiking in the woods, and enjoys the challenge of researching her genealogy and family history, in addition to being a housewife and homeschooling mother of two boys. One is in college, and the other still spends his days with Kathleen, while she patiently teaches him addition, subtraction, nouns, verbs and all kinds of other second grade stuff he doesn't want to learn. In Bloom is her first novel.
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When I first started reading In Bloom, I got the impression that it was going to be a sentimental kind of story. I felt bad for Kindra and began to brace myself for an emotional read. However, little did I know it was going to turn witty and hilarious in no time. The dynamic between all the characters sort of reminded me of the movie As Good as it Gets and it certainly had me laughing out loud. Tommy and his mother were hysterical and the friendship between Kindra and Tiana was so much fun too. This book as well as the characters will grow on you, and by the end you will be completely submerged in their world. All joking aside, the story was also endearing and powerful. I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about it. In Bloom was different and unique, and that makes it stand out. It was definitely a memorable read. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
A woman who has spent her life emotionally cut off from those around her makes an unexpected friend and begins to venture out of her shell. Kindra is in charge of a library in a small Massachusetts town. She lives a small, self-contained life with few friends and no real interests outside of her work. Even her apartment is small and shoddy. Kindra has no illusions about her situation, but she's unable to rouse herself enough to do anything about it. Raised by her angry, widowed father, she's trapped by memories of her childhood and the early death of her younger sister. Kindra feels responsible for Muriel's drug overdose, which happened a few years after Kindra convinced her to have an abortion. Two unrelated events change everything for Kindra. A woman approaches her at the library and convinces her to come to dinner. Rosemary Shannon has a wheelchair-bound son about Kindra's age. He needs a social life. Tommy Shannon is a bitter, foul-mouthed ex-skier. He's not interested in socializing with anyone other that the women on his porn websites. Needless to say, the dinner doesn't go exactly as planned. Around the same time, a new neighbor moves into the apartment below Kindra. Tiana is a self-described dyke who pretty much forces her friendship on Kindra. Through these new relationships, Kindra is dragged out into the world and begins to deal with her traumatic past. IN BLOOM is a funny, funny book. Rosemary Shannon's fake Irish brogue and foul mouth had me rolling. All of the characters are engaging and full of life. Even Kindra, when she lets herself go, has a wry, amusing way of looking at the world. Of course, the humor balances the book's darker themes. Each of the three main characters is hobbled in some way. Kindra by her past. Tommy by his accident. Tiana by her sexuality. Thrown together, they test and needle one another, forcing each other into...bloom. The only issue I had with IN BLOOM was the pacing of the romance between Kindra and Tommy. There's so much chemistry at their initial meeting...crazy, unusual chemistry, sure...but it's there. But then the author suspends contact between the two characters for almost the entire book, as each deals with the personal changes ignited by their meeting. I get what the author was trying to do--Kindra and Tommy are dealing with big transformations--but the long separation makes their manner of coming back together seem a little abrupt and forced. Even with the narrative bumps, though, IN BLOOM is a warm, funny book about sad people who decide to take a chance on life and love.