The Lilac Bouquet

The Lilac Bouquet

by Carolyn Brown

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ISBN-13: 9781503943551
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 423,286
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist. The Lilac Bouquet is her eighty-fourth published book. Her books include romantic women’s fiction, historical romance, contemporary romance, cowboy romance, and country music mass-market paperbacks. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows what everyone else is doing—and reads the local newspaper on Wednesdays to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. When she’s not writing, Carolyn likes to sit in her gorgeous backyard with her two cats, Chester Fat Boy and Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw, and watch them protect their territory from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, locusts, and spiders. Visit her online at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.

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The Lilac Bouquet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The Lilac Bouquet takes all the best parts of author Carolyn Brown and spins them into a historic romance. Past and present collide when one woman sets out to change her future. A feud that began with a broken heart has left it's mark on six generations of Massey's and Grady's. Can one determined woman break the spell of tragic heartache that began so long ago and still achieve her own happy ending? A sweetly penned story of forgiveness and redemption that brought tears to my eyes.
BuckeyeAngel 5 months ago
Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas—a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against. Seth isn’t happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old doesn’t want a “babysitter”—much less a Massey—something he makes clear when Emmy arrives at his house, an empty mansion built for the woman who broke his heart. But as Emmy stays and the two eventually open up to each other, she learns the reason behind a feud between Seth, Tandy, and Logan’s grandfather Jesse Grady that goes back six decades. She also uncovers a secret that forever changes how she sees her past and her future… This was a heartwarming bittersweet story of past and present and life in a small town. Like all of Carolyn Brown’s stories, it was filled with heart and feelings. It was a full story that I enjoyed. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Emmy Jo wants to invite the whole town to her wedding. She's determined to show everyone who judges her family that a Massey woman can get married. Emmy Jo is Tandy's great-granddaughter and they have a special bond. Her great-grandmother raised her as well as she could. Tandy is a woman who commands respect, but she has enemies in town and one of them is Seth, a local recluse. To pay for her dream wedding Emmy Jo is doing something Tandy doesn't like, she's going to work for Seth. He's just broken his hip and needs an assistant. Tandy isn't happy with Emmy Jo's plans to marry Logan, family of another man she greatly dislikes, so she's doubly dissatisfied with her great-granddaughter's decisions. She doesn't tell Emmy Jo why, but Emmy Jo is curious enough to dig up information and find out more about her great-grandmother's past. She likes Seth a lot and wants to get married without any feuds overshadowing the wedding. While looking into the past Emmy Jo discovers much more than she bargained for and knowing her family history will drastically change the course of her future, will she be ready for this? The Lilac Bouquet is a beautiful story about family, true love and secrets. I absolutely loved Emmy Jo. She's a sweet girl with a heart of gold. She can also stand up for herself and knows how to make people like her. She's a wonderful charming main character and I greatly admired her open and disarming personality. With the gentle and handsome Logan she's found true love and is willing to fight for it, which is something I liked a lot. While doing this she uncovers plenty of intriguing secrets that kept me glued to the pages. I read The Lilac Bouquet in one sitting and loved every single sentence. Carolyn Brown knows how to set a brilliant atmosphere. That's one of the things I love the most about her books. I can easily picture everything she describes and always like what I see. Her detailed and dynamic ways of creating a scene are priceless. She constantly manages to make me smile. Her stories are surprising, entertaining and original and The Lilac Bouquet completely enchanted me. It's a wonderful story that I highly recommend. I'm so happy that I've found another true gem that will stay with me for a very long time.
chrismom More than 1 year ago
The Lilac Bouquet By Carolyn Brown The town of Hickory is rife with rumors and secrets that go back more than sixty years. The impact they have on the lives of the people living there, along with a love story, family feud, a new outlook on life and the discovery of long lost family form the basis of this story. This story grabbed me within the first few pages. Emmy Jo is the central character in this story. She takes a job as an assistant to Seth Thomas, the town recluse to help pay for her wedding. Taking this job changed both their lives. We go through Emmy Jo’s journey to find out what actually happened between Tandy, her great grandmother, Jesse Grady and Seth Thomas and what can be done to try to heal the rift between them. I couldn’t put this book down. I never read the last chapter of a book, but I was so tempted to because I wanted to see how the story resolved itself. Carolyn Brown is a wonderful storyteller. You feel as if you actually know the people in the story. I laughed, cried, and felt the pain of the characters in this story. I especially loved the ending. I thoroughly enjoyed The Lilac Bouquet and highly recommend it. Looking for a great read? This is your book. Bravo Ms Brown.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
Normally I fly through one of this authors novels, but I found myself not being able to concentrate on this one and wishing I was reading something else. ( bad of me I know). It is Ms Browns norm in that her books usually feature a sassy,spunky young lady, a lot of Christian talk and this book was no exception. We also have the added bonus of a 60 year old mystery. This mystery is unraveled chapter by painfully long chapter. However what it also had is run on sentences, a cast of characters what you need a score card to keep straight, unlikable characters and an overly drawn out mystery. Emmy Jo's fiancee, Logan, made my skin crawl with his endearments and her Great Grandmother Tandy made me want to spit nails. Normally this author has some humor in her books; not in this one. This book ( I did read it as an ARC and maybe these issues have been cleared up) features some horrible editing/consistency of plot problems. I will admit that I finally got so frustrated with this book that I stopped reading it at nearly 75% and this is pretty rare for me.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This book has a little bit of everything, there was mystery, romance, family, betrayal and forgiveness.. I loved Seth and Emmy Jo!. To see how Emmy Jo was able to slowly cracked the shield around Seth Thomas's heart, slowly and finally letting someone in and letting go of the past was great. shows you to live life to the fullest.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
The Lilac Bouquet is a compelling story about friendship, secrets, and forgiveness. Seth Thomas was an ornery eighty-two-year-old recluse, recovering from a broken hip. He was not happy to discover that his sister had hired an assistant to help him. Everyone counseled Emmy Jo against taking the job at the Thomas’s mansion. But Emmy Jo wasn’t listening. She had a fancy wedding to pay for. Emmy Jo’s great-grandmother, Tandy, was livid when she heard that Emmy Jo was considering the assistant position. She even threatened to lock Emmy Jo out of her trailer if she accepted the job. What Emmy Jo discovered while working at the Thomas’s mansion was that Seth was just a crotchety old man with OCD who didn’t want his privacy violated. He was not the evil, strange man that everyone was painting him out to be. Although Seth tried not to show his feelings, he liked Emmy Jo. She was sassy and outspoken, just like the woman he once loved.  Emmy Jo was determined to discover why the three oldest people in town, including her great-grandmother, and Seth, were feuding against one another. Seth began to reveal the secrets to Emmy Jo, of how the town shunned his family and mistreated his mother. Emmy Jo became close to Seth and witnessed the man come alive, and live for the first time in his life. She saw just how powerful love, trust, and forgiveness could be. This story touches on several mature themes such as rape, prostitution, bullying and depression. The topics, however, are written, without being graphic. I found The Lilac Bouquet to be inspirational, heartfelt and moving. I loved it.  Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
Every time I start to read a new Carolyn Brown Women's Fiction story I think that there is no way she could ever outdo the previous story. Once again Carolyn Brown has proven me wrong. I just loved this book! I think it is now my absolute favorite! The author's characterization skills are phenomenal. She has the knack of being able to make her characters very realistic. No cookie-cutter characters here. They are not all sweet and full of fluff. No there are some mean ones, some very stubborn ones, some pathetically clueless ones, as well as strong and forthright ones. This just makes the conflict in the story that much more real, which, in turn, makes the resolution of the conflict that much more satisfying. The actions and emotions of the characters are so realistic the reader can't help but love, cringe over and yes even thoroughly dislike some. The main question in this story is: "What caused the sixty-year-old feud between Seth Thomas, Tandy Massey and Jesse Grady?" Emmy Jo Massey, great-granddaughter of Tandy Massey decides to seek answers when she accepts a two month contract to be the personal assistant to Seth Thomas following his hip surgery. Everyone, including Logan Grady (grandson of Jesse Grady), Granny Tandy and Emmy's best friend, Diana wants Emmy to not accept the job. Emmy Jo though is very determined to do this as the pay is great and she needs the money to have a proper wedding with all the trimmings so the whole town knows for 100% sure that this later generation of Massey women will not be an unwed mother when the time comes to have children with Logan as were her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. So Emmy goes to work for Seth Thomas and starts getting clues to help solve the mystery of the great feud. A parallel story runs along with Emmy's as she unravels this mystery. She learns the true story behind the rumors about Seth's mother, Mary Thomas whose reputation according to town gossip was very tarnished. This was a very emotional yet extremely satisfying read. Discovering the true story behind the feud and Mary Thomas' sad life experiences which affected her children as well as herself also kept me reading well past my bedtime. I think that everyone who reads this story with an open mind and is not looking for a cookie cutter cutsey story will come away from the experience with a great appreciation of the amazing talent of author Carolyn Brown.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info Paperback, 302 pages Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Montlake Romance ISBN 1503943550 (ISBN13: 9781503943551) Other Editions (3) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas—a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against. Seth isn’t happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old doesn’t want a “babysitter”—much less a Massey—something he makes clear when Emmy arrives at his house, an empty mansion built for the woman who broke his heart. But as Emmy stays and the two eventually open up to each other, she learns the reason behind a feud between Seth, Tandy, and Logan’s grandfather Jesse Grady that goes back six decades. She also uncovers a secret that forever changes how she sees her past and her future… My Thoughts Old habits are hard to break and at 82 years of age Seth Thomas feels that his sister Nora has gone too far with her meddling. Hiring an assistant for him without his consent in the first place was bad enough, hiring a Massey however was just adding insult to injury. Emmy Jo Massey has huge dreams for her wedding day, dreams that can only come true with the paychecks she would earn in her two month stint working for Seth. Taking the job against the wishes of the great-grandmother who raised her was a monumentally tough decision for Emmy Jo but the only way she could find that would enable her and fiance Logan Grady to marry in the manner she had planned. Over the course of the story it becomes apparent to Emmy Jo that her elderly client is not just the crusty curmudgeon he presents to the world, but rather a kind and lonely old man whose long ago broken heart caused him to withdraw from everyone in the town of Hickory. Over the two months of her contract Emmy Jo and Seth become friends, share confidences and even find themselves making plans for the future once Seth is well enough to carry them out. A star-crossed lovers romance, a 60-year-old feud and possibly the most impressive rendition of realistic small town prejudices overcome by determination and a heaping amount of long overdue honesty that I have read penned by one of my all time favorite romance authors Carolyn Brown. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]