Friday, August 22, 2014

A Bouquet of Love - Weddings by Design 4 - by Janice Thompson

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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 review:

This was another enjoyable and zany story in the series, this time about a loud Greek family very similar to the loud Italian Rossi family.  I really liked seeing a unique culture that I don't see stories about too often; this totally reminded me of the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which I love!  The new characters were fun and it was nice to see all of the familiar ones from the previous books and series show up to get to know the Pappas'.  This book works as a stand-alone, but knowing many of the characters from previous books is a plus.  I could relate to Cassia's struggle to decide between doing what she loves and doing what she feels she should.  Her father drove me crazy with his dictator-like ways; I don't know how any of them took it for as long as they did.  I loved the Judy Garland theme and how each chapter title was a film she was in or a song she sang.  I also really loved the fun "You might be Greek if" sayings at the beginning of each chapter!  There was a bit of romance that was sweet, but I wished for more.  Faith has a quiet presence with church attendance and prayer mentioned multiple times and with the main characters talking about their faith, but there weren't any big issues to sort through.  Beware there was a lot of talk of Greek food, especially gyros and baklava, and also pizza, so I am now craving all of the above and am going to go eat gyros in a couple of days!  I recommend this book if you like humorous, slighty crazy stories with some romance!

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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