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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Bouquet of Love...Review

About the book:
Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand– directly across the street from the Rossis’ popular pizza place–and they want Cassia’s full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella’s good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . . Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers one more romp with Bella, Galveston, and the bustling wedding biz in the final installment of her popular series. Anyone who loves quirky families, loads of laughter, and tender romance will find themselves hooked.

When her father forced the family to relocate from Santa Cruz and the blue waters of the Pacific to Galveston Island, Texas and the brown waters of the Gulf, Cassia is not happy.  Forced to work in her family's gyro sandwich shop, she wants nothing more than to arrange flowers.  When she finds a job in a florist's shop, she takes it, even knowing that it will anger her father.  Cassia's father, Babbas, has opened his sandwich shop across the street from Parma John's, the pizza place owned by the Italian Rossi family. Seized immediately by the desire to put the Rossi's out of business, and make the Greek gyro number one, Babbas forbids the family from having any contact with the Rossi family.  Unfortunately, Cassia's new employer is a Rossi and she has just befriended Bella Neeley.

When I see a book by Janice Thompson, I jump.  I have never been disappointed.  I adored A Bouquet of Love.  It has all the makings of a fantastic Janice Thompson book, fantastic, spunky heroines, loud and interfering extended family, witty repartee and lots of love and laughter.  Here, the Rossi's are back in force and the Pappas family is a match for their intensity.

The final installment of the Weddings by Design series, the story can stand alone, but is all the better if you've read the others in the series.  What is so fantastic is that Janice ties in the Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series as well.  This is the perfect ending to all of them.

Thanks to Lanette at Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Janice Thompson here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 7/14

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4/5 Stars

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