Author: Janice Thompson
Publication Date: August 19th, 2014
She didn't expect to fall in love--but roses aren't the only thing blooming on Galveston IslandReview:
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 . . .
I want to start of by saying that I'm a huge fan of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It was fun, had a sweet romantic comedy, and was about family. What does this have to do with A Bouquet of Love? Well, I will tell you, if you LOVED My Big Fat Greek Wedding like I did, you will love A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson. Why you ask? It has the same component as the movie. A big, loud, Greek family that owns a restaurant, a sweet love story, with a dash of comedy mixed in.
There is more to story then that, of course. I was going in expecting the typical romantic story, but what I ended up reading was really more of a family trying to find their way. Older kids wanting to branch out, but also trying to honor their parents, but not knowing what that really meant, but still trying to be respectful to their parents wishes. But when situations make it hard to follow an order, it's where things get sticky.
Don't get me wrong, there is a sweet romance to this story. It was a refreshing one too. There was no angst between the couple when they finally got together, they meshed well and really allowed each other to shine in what they did best and the best thing, Alex and Cassia each shared a love for flowers, so they had a common ground between them that allowed their romance to blossom (no pun intended).
Cassia had to walk a fine line with her desires for herself. Because of that, she first comes off as a little wishy-washy, but as you get to know her and see things through her eyes, things become clear and you hope for her to achieve what she wants. The best part about Cassia, that she does her best to be honest about her job and to be respectful to her demanding father. His demands were a little far fetched, so I think how Cassia handled things was pretty spot on to anyone who has been stuck in that kind of situation.
4 out of 5
About the Author:
Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.
Thank you to the Revell Reads Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.