Val Shakely is a list-maker. Daily routine. Check. Calm, quiet (but successful) business. Check. No drama. No excitement. Some might call it boring, but it's precisely the way Val likes it. She loves her hometown of Cambria, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and runs a fruitful PR firm. It's more than enough for Val. So what if she doesn't have a social life? Then, her cousin Gwen decides to take on the local political bully, Mayor Roger Barton, in head-to-head combat for his poisition, and Val takes her company reluctantly, and against her better judgment, into the fray. The minute Val takes on Gwen's campaign, the safe world she carefully constructed begins to unravel. She feels the pressure of the campaign and the personal attacks by Barton. And as if that wasn't complicated enough, Val finds herself falling in love with local businessman John Hatfield, a man just as boring as her at first glance. Both charming and confrontational, Val is drawn to John in a way that cracks the simplicity of her life. In the end, Val's desire to stay on the sidelines is put to the test and she's forced to reexamine the life she's built as she trudges toward a new and more exciting future.
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About the Author
Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment and, perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master's degree with concentrations in psychology and politics. Amy was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses", "Novelty Bride Magazine", ESME.com and Splice Today. "Wallflower Blooming" is her first novel.
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Wallflower Blooming based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings An election, a PR firm, a set of cousins and a small town in Colorado. Val and Gwen are cousins and Gwen has had a successful run on city council and has decided that a run for mayor is in her future. She decides that she needs her cousin and best friend by her side to help her with this big thing. In the midst of the campaign Val may bump into a guy who may change the course of her life. I loved the combination in this book of personal and professional storylines. I liked how it wasn't just a love story and Val had professional ups and downs. I also loved reading the relationship between Gwen and Val - knowing they were cousins but had that sister relationship hit home with me. I have a cousin who lives very close and we are so similar it may be crazy, so it is nice to bounce something off someone who may completely agree with me!
Hypeness" Rating: 4.0 Ebook received from the author in exchange for an honest review * Review Posted on http://thebookuniverse.weebly.com/ * Summary: Val Shakely is a list-maker. Daily routine. Check. Calm, quiet (but successful) business. Check. No drama. No excitement. Some might call it boring, but it’s precisely the way Val likes it. She loves her hometown of Cambria, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and runs a fruitful PR firm. And that’s more than enough for Val. So what if she doesn’t have a social life? Then, her cousin Gwen decides to take on the local political bully, the Mayor, in head-to-head combat for the Mayoral seat and Val takes her company reluctantly, and against her better judgment, into the fray. The minute Val takes on Gwen’s campaign, the safe world that she has carefully constructed begins to unravel. She feels the pressure of the campaign and the personal attacks by Gwen’s opponent. And as if that wasn’t complicated enough, Val finds herself falling in love. Val’s desire to stay on the sidelines is put to the test and she’s forced to reexamine the life she’s built as she trudges toward a new and more exciting future. My Review: You know, this wasn't that bad of a book. When I first read the description, it caught my attention a little bit, but I didn't fall in love with the description. After reading many reviews on this book, I couldn't tell how this book would turn out, but I gave it a shot nonetheless. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. This book was a very simple, easy read. It wasn't anything too difficult. I really enjoyed the topic of the book. Behind the scenes of campaigning is a lot more hectic than we think it is! I liked how Val was actually a "real" character. She had some flaws in her and she dealt with family issues as well. I liked this because I, personally, don't like "perfect" characters in a book. Val was definitely someone I could connect with and a typical girl on the planet. I also like how Gwen, Val's cousin, was built up as well. Gwen seemed to be a very strong and independent woman throughout the book. I would love to read a book from her point of view as well! How could I miss the romance between Val and John. Though it was adorable, I think the author could have worked to build up the relationship. The romance felt very quick and fast. I think if the romance was slowed down a couple of notches it would have been perfect! Additionally, I know we aren't supposed to judge book by it's cover, I wish the cover was a bit more appealing and unique. This book has a lot of potential and needs more appeal on the cover. Lastly, I loved that I was able to read this book right around when the campaigns for president took place as well. It was almost synchronized together. Thank you Ms.Rivers for providing me a copy of this book! I really enjoyed it , and I hope we get to read more of your books in the future!
Favorite Quotes: There was something comfortable about a nice shallow man, selfish and simple. The more she thought about her type, the more she realized her taste in men required some adjustment. She's amazing and scary and beautiful and frustrating, and I think about her pretty much constantly. She sounds wonderful and awful. My Review: The title of this book should have been Wallflowers Blooming (plural) - as both members of this couple (Val and John) were equally loner types, although each were workaholics and more than successful in their businesses - so not total recluses but more than a bit high strung, socially awkward, and prone to anxiety when uncomfortable. Their mutual attraction pulled them far from their comfort zones and found them mystified and off-balance. Their usual MO of avoiding tension became an impossibility once they both found themselves the target of a petty bully who happened to be a somewhat powerful business owner and local politician, one that Val's cousin was currently running against with Val's assistance in the campaign. The characters were likable and relatable, and the story was relevant and easy to follow. Ms. River's writing was observant, thoroughly detailed, and written from a third person POV with many insightful little touches that added texture and definition to the characters and depicted scenes. The plot was somewhat tense and busy with the difficult campaign issues and emotional upheavals, although the blossoming romance softened and sweetened the characters into stronger and significantly improved versions of themselves, which is always a highly desired and pleasant outcome for any story.
Excellent! I loved this book. Any book that has strong women draw me in. The bonds of friendship between Val and her cousin Gwen is genuine and interesting. Friendships. Romance. Love and politics. My favorite quote was "“Love isn’t easy, darling” Constance said, “And loving a…um, newsworthy man takes some getting used to. But look at it this way, Val. You’re a good person and so is John. I can’t say that I know him well but I think that he avoids controversy the way you do, so once the novelty wears off, they’ll move on to more interesting prospects.” It's the truth in life or fiction.
Val Shakely loves routine. The more she sticks with her routine, the less life surprises her. Val rums a successful PR firm in her hometown Cambria, Colorado. Her life is peaceful, with no excitement or unexpected surprises, just the way she likes it. Until the day her cousin, Gwen, decides to run for mayor and ropes Val into helping her. Between the campaign and the current mayor's attacks, Val's safe little life has taken a dive off the tracks. If that wasn't enough, Val meets John Hatfield, the most mysterious and reclusive man in town. Will Val's safe life ever get back on track or will the campaign change Val's life forever? Though this book is a different genre than my usual read, I thought it was pretty good. When selecting this book to read I was hoping to "change it up a bit." I enjoyed the character in this book. Val, the main character, was especially relatable. The fat that she was such a wallflower, yet well known by prominent members of her community, such as the governor's wife, was a little hard to believe, but not impossible, especially when paired with the fact that she runs a PR firm. As for John,the male main character, I had a bit of a harder time with him. Maybe that had to do with the fact the he blended well into society but was supposed to be a recluse himself. My greatest complaints about this book would have to be, number one, the repetitiveness. Some aspects of this story were repeated over and over again. Some of it was necessary but others not so much and even in the cases where it made sense that the author was going over it again, I felt that it could have been referenced more than retold. Those are my thoughts, of course, and I could be wrong, for other readers this may have been the right way for it to play out. Second, there were a fair deal of editorial mistakes. They were not a hindrance in my understand, following, or enjoying the story but they were there and they were there enough for it to be quite noticeable. All in all, this was a pretty good romance that also delved into character growth, female strength, and the importance of forgiveness. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary, clean romances as well as woman's strength. I really did like that this story, the romance aspect, was clean. I think other readers who like romance without too much erotica will greatly enjoy this book. If you enjoy romance novels with erotic scenes, however, this is not that kind of romance novel. I won my copy of Wallflower Blooming from Goodreads Giveaways for the sole purpose of an honest review. Keep your eyes peeled for the author interview, coming soon. (The interview will be features on my blog at stephanietiner.weebly.com)