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Cards from Khloe's Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson
Publisher: Chick Lit Goddess, LLC.
Publication Date: January 15, 2017
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she's kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all. Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story. A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn't ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor's guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life? As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe's shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.
Khloe owns a flower shop - her dream come true. Every day she helps customers find their happily ever after by providing stunning floral arrangements and, most importantly, heartfelt cards of sentiment. However, after having her own heart broken, she's pretty certain she is never going to find her own happily ever after. Well, she very nearly jinxes it by her bizarre behavior toward the handsome love interest who walks in her door one day. I wanted to shake her on more than one occasion. I think her character was real but I'm not sure that Derek's acceptance of her oddball behavior was realistic. I think 99% of men would have run to the hills with the first hint of her serious trust issues.
Gabby and Connie were both more interesting than Khloe. I loved Gabby and really rooted for her to find happiness again after losing the love of her life. The new relationship was pretty sugary sweet, but that was totally okay! Because you really could see a situation like hers. And poor Connie. While I think the reason why the "mean girl" was so awful was a bit forced, I have definitely seen horrible people target someone with low self esteem like Connie and just torture them. And I think her choices in dealing with several situations were very realistic.
I found the sexy scenes didn't all seem to fit in the same book. Some were pretty chaste and only hinted at intimacy and others were a good deal steamier. Nothing too explicit though (no throbbing love muscles) and the words used were scientific or common usage terms. I am NOT a fan of sexy scenes but nothing in here was objectionable. The best friend talked a little too much about orgasms and it did start to get annoying... do people really talk that much about orgasms with their best friends? I sure don't!
All in all this is a feel-good tale about three women finding love. The men were all super charming and pretty standard chick lit "awesome". I think it would have been fun to have more of the flower shop cards in the book. It's a sweet, light read... good for a day at the pool or curled up under a blanket with a cup of hot tea.
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About the author: Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder. Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book. **Contact: Website * Chick Lit Goddess Website * Facebook * Goodreads * Instagram – Isabella Louise Anderson * Instagram – Chick Lit Goddess * Pinterest * Twitter * Sign up for her Newsletter