Hope, although in remission, seems permanently scarred both physically and emotionally from her mastectomy and withdraws socially. She is content to arrange other people’s flowers and love lives until Jason walks through the doors of her florist shop and is immediately attracted—not to her, but to her vivacious but shallow younger sister Bobbi. Piqued, Hope signs up for a plot at the community garden and meets Amber, a young mother whose husband has also become withdrawn after losing his job, and Millie, a recent transplant from the East Coast with a self-absorbed daughter and grandkids. Roberts writes compellingly about the issues faced by these three women in different stages of life and uses the language of flowers to great effect as the women draw closer and share their particular strengths. Readers may empathize or become impatient with Hope’s continued insistence on physical perfection as a prerequisite to being loved. --Lynne Welch
"A sweet tale of unexpected friendships blossoming in a community garden, this well-written story will have readers sympathizing with the characters' plights -- and itching to get their fingers digging in the dirt!"
--RT Book Reviews
"Gardening, girl talk, and a gorgeous guy underpin this tale of what constitutes beauty and one’s true self."
"A congenial cast of subsidiary characters ... meet Hope at a community garden plot and share their stories there. Roberts effectively knits these troubled but kindly characters together in a story line that throws the reader a few unexpected twists."
--The Seattle Times
"Love in Bloom is a wonderful story with characters so real and defined I feel like I am personally acquainted with them. ... There is humor and emotion in large quantities in this fantastic book that is next to impossible to put down. Kudos and a large bouquet of flowers to Sheila Roberts for giving us one of the best books of the year."
"A great read."