Monday, July 28, 2014

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

About the Book:

She didn't expect to fall in love—but roses aren't the only thing blooming on Galveston Island
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 boisterous Greek family—especially her father—has other ideas. They've all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant located on the Strand—directly across the street from iconic pizza place Parma John's—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 this former Rossi's good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .
My Thoughts:

Janice wrote an author's note at the end of this book, sharing a bit about her real life while she was busy crafting Cassia's story.  Please keep her and her family in prayer, as they have had some high hurdles lately, and her granddaughter's health is a huge concern.

That said, this book is a true labor of love.  Her trademark humor and wit is evident in every chapter, but "A Bouquet of Love" packs more emotion than Janice's previous novels.  I had blurry vision through many of the scenes, and my heart went out to Cassia and her siblings as they built new lives in Galveston.

Any novel that involves the Rossi clan and Bella Rossi Neeley has to involve some wackiness, and when you toss in a Greek family that resembles "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", the hilarity that ensues is laugh out loud funny.  This is Janice's best book ever, and I can't wait to see what she creates next.

All I know is I want to walk the Strand, eat gyros with the Pappas bunch and try pizza from Parma John's, then take a trip up to Splendora for some catfish and sweet tea.  Oh, to live in a community like this one!

My thanks to my friends at Bethany House Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  I can give this one HIGH praise, and I encourage you to read all of Janice's books.  You won't regret it one bit.  Opa!

Happy Reading!



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