- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451672764
- ISBN-13: 978-1451672763
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wallflower in Bloom: A Novel Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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"Wallflower in Bloom is absolutely, hands-down, Claire Cook's best novel to date. Cook's characters are delightful and quirky, and the storyline is fast paced and lively with just the right touch of humor and romance. Slip on your dancing shoes and enjoy a few spins around the floor with this charming novel!" - Fresh Fiction
"This is a very funny read that will make you roll your eyes about family!" (Indie Bound)
“A fun and inspiring read . . . Cook’s humor and narrative execution is impeccable; Deirdre’s increasing self-consciousness elicits support for her to overcome insecurity and endure in her journey to find happiness and fulfillment on her own terms.” —Publishers Weekly
“Filled with sweet humor and all the eye-rolling moments of jumbled yet ultimately loving family relations, romance, and coming into one’s own, this women’s fiction is a definite pleaser for devotees of the genre.” --Booklist
About the Author
Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was forty-five. At fifty, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is the bestselling author of eight other novels and divides her time between the suburbs of Atlanta and Boston. Visit ClaireCook.com.
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But this is Deidre’s story. She is in her mid-thirties and definitely experiencing an early mid-life crisis. She has let “herself go,” been involved in a lackluster, dead-end relationship and works so much (for her brother, no less!), that she has no personal life what-so-ever. She’s totally lacking in self-esteem. So what does she do? She gets drunk and commits to Dancing With the Stars. (She squeaked in as the sister of a celebrity, as a last minute replacement.) This is where the story picked up. If you’re a fan of the reality dance competition, you will really enjoy it.
I really liked the celebrity/motivational angle as well as the Dancing With the Stars aspect. As traditionally shown in the little clips of each of the contestants, Dee slowly (or rapidly, considering we only get to see one week) gains the self-confidence to enjoy what she’s doing, lose weight, start a new business & take a chance on love. It was all very sweet, but tied up a bit too quickly. We never got to see how she did on DWTS! I would have loved more of that.
Then her sometime boyfriend says he's marrying another woman because she's having his baby -- the one he told Deidre he never wanted. And by the way, Tag's performing the ceremony.
After drowning her sorrows in a Ben & Jerry's Triple Caramel Chunk and vodka milkshake, Deirdre hijacks Tag's social media following (which she created) and gets herself voted onto Dancing With The Stars.
In Los Angeles, she experiences sore calves and spray-tanning, meets female contestants whose waists are smaller than her wrist, and finds her groove.
The spot-on characterization and affectionate send-up of the entertainment and self-help industries made it a lighthearted read that washed away the stress of a crazy week. I totally related to Deirdre's struggles with her weight and self-esteem, and cheered her happy ending.
The inspiration for Wallflower In Bloom is a hoot. A popular publishing blog asked its Facebook readers which author they'd most like to see on Dancing With the Stars. Claire's fans rallied behind her, and she beat Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, and David Sedaris to win.
Dancing With The Stars has yet to call, but Claire says she would do it, knees shaking, "Not just for me, but for midlife women everywhere."