Friday, August 1, 2014

Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes {Summer Reading Challenge Review}

This post is sponsored by BookSparksPR in honor of their 
4th annual Summer Reading Challenge. Check out all the details here.

Title : Elly in Love 
Author: Colleen Oakes
Publisher: SparkPress
Release Date: June 22, 2014
Summary from GoodReads:

The much anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel, Elly in Bloom, is finally here!

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.

Helped by her loyal friends, Elly is on the verge of 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. Elly is about to get everything she’s ever wanted, when a stranger shows up at her store with a request that changes every aspect of her life--including her budding relationship with deli owner Keith. As she struggles to stay calm in the midst of growing chaos, Elly will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice. 

Filled with the heart, humor, and horticulture that made Elly in Bloom a bestseller, Elly in Love welcomes readers back to Elly’s big, beautiful, and messy life

"She couldn't remember a time in her life when she was so simply and perfectly content. Happy."

My Take:
I was so excited about reading just because of the cover!!! Isn't it so pretty!! 

Elly in Love is the second book in the Elly in Bloom series. I've never read the first book and while I was reading this book I didn't feel lost in the plot. I felt like the book was complete and I felt like I was getting to know all the characters as if it was a stand alone book. But after reading Elly in Love I would love to read Elly in Bloom and eventually the next book in the series. 

I felt like I could relate to Elly from the beginning. Elly is one of those characters you root for. She is funny, and clueless, and smart, seems to have a good heart. Just when everything is turning out great in Elly's life, her life takes a plunge. She is stressing out about family issues. She is stressing out because she has a huge Celebrity Wedding to do. And she is stressing out because she's having issues with her boyfriend. 

It was fun read. I liked it. And I am definitely willing to read the first book and eventually read what else happens in Elly's life in the next books. 

My other Summer Reading Challenge reviews:
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick
The One and Only by Emily Giffin
The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmeiri
The Revealed by Jessica Hickman
The Walk-In Closet by Abdi Nazemian
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Find my other reviews here: Book Thoughts

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  1. OMG I saw this at Barnes & Noble! The cover is very pretty :) I am happy to see it was actually a good book! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. The cover is so pretty.. And I enjoyed reading it!! :)

  3. Great review! Ill check it out! :)

  4. I still haven't even got to chapter 3 of The Best of Me. For some odd reason I just can't sit long enough anymore to read a whole book. You're doing an excellent job though hun. Miss hearing from you.


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