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Wallflower Blooming (Cambria Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 15, 2016
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment and, perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master's degree with concentrations in psychology and politics. Amy was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. Wallflower Blooming is her first novel.
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The premise of the story is easy enough to get sucked into. The heroine eschews confrontation at all costs, and shies away from the limelight. But in choosing to do the PR for Gwen who’s running for office, she gets thrust into the limelight, and has to deal with more confrontation than anyone would feel comfortable with, least of all her. But we get a sense that a part of Val knows from the onset that a static, unchanging life is no life at all. So for all her protests, the plot takes her dragging and screaming in a direction which she may not want to go, but so desperately needs to go, forcing character growth and love on her at a time in life when most people are becoming even more set in their ways and seeing love run for the hills.
Definitely good chick lit. There were times when a little more showing and a little less telling would have served me fine, but the author definitely erred on the side of keeping the story as terse as possible; this is in some ways more of a novella than a novel.
I really enjoyed the character development in this story; watching Val grow as a person and learning to stand up for herself and learn how to open up to people was very interesting, and all the cute awkwardness surrounding Val and John’s relationship was simply adorable! The only tiny minus for me personally was a little too much narration and little dialogue, but it didn’t ruin the enjoyment of the story. Five stars.
John Hatfield doesn't like social functions. He is intrigued by a woman that is as nervous around people as himself. A story of love follows.
The Good: The writing was wonderful. I often forgot I was reading a story and felt like I was people-watching with a privileged narrative voice-over in the background. I forgot that Val and John were not real people. I forgot there was an author behind the book that worked on her story...I forgot it was a book. The writing was wonderful, the pacing good, character development awesome.
The Bad: Not Applicable.
The Overall: Here's the thing; the content of Wallflower Blooming isn't usually my cup of tea. But the writing was so good that my preferred genre mattered very little. I loved that both the MCs were introvertish, and appreciated the author keeping a realistic view of life from that perspective. The relationship development was entertaining and fun, and the politics kept the story churning until the very end. I found myself even cheering for Gwen near the end of the book. It was fun, funny, and well-written.
”Mr. Barton,” she said slowly through gritted teeth, “you need to leave my office. Right now. ”Her voice was shaking but she stared at him coldly….”
Mayor Roger Barton is vying for re-election and appears to be unraveling at the seams while Gwen and Val employ their energy and attention toward a clean campaign.
The author intertwines a new relationship through the election venture. ”As Val regained her composure, she said ’John Hatfield? You’ve got to be joking.’”
“Wallflower Blooming” is the perfect, light, romantic book to read on a rainy day, sipping Earl Grey.
I am looking forward to the next Amy Rivers book.
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