Summer Reading Challenge: Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes (Chrissy’s review)

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Elly-In-LoveElly in Love (The Elly in Bloom series #2)
written by Colleen Oakes
published by SparkPress

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed Elly in Bloom (see my review here).

It’s been a while since her ex-husband’s wedding, and Elly is doing well. She and Keith are hitting it off. Her shop is doing great, and she’s thinking about opening another store. She’s about to land the celebrity wedding of the year when her life gets an unexpected visitor. And this is where I’m going to stop. I really don’t want to spoil this book.

But I will say this, Elly is growing. She is strong. She still has some fears, but she is happy. She is a great friend, even to those who may not realize they need a friend. Elly in Love is a great summer read. You will laugh, maybe cry, experience some joy and excitement, and feel a bit of fear. This would be a great beach read. My one wish: I wish there were pictures of the flowers and decorations. I guess I have to go stalk Ms. Oakes’s Pinterest page . . . I can’t wait for Elly Inspired.


Would I recommend it: Yes, especially if you liked Elly in Bloom.

About the book – from Goodreads: 
Curvy wedding florist Elly Jordan has had quite a year. First, she had to design her ex-husband’s wedding to the mistress who split them up, and then she broke up with the hottest musician this side of St. Louis. Three months have passed since then, and now Elly is primed for what promises to be the best wedding season of her life.

Helped by her loyal friends, Elly is on the verge of opening a chic flower boutique uptown when BlissBride, a popular wedding reality show, asks her to design the wedding of a famous—make that infamous–celebrity. Elly is about to get everything she’s ever wanted, when a stranger shows up at her store with a request that changes every aspect of her life–including her budding relationship with deli owner Keith. As she struggles to stay calm in the midst of growing chaos, Elly will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice.


colleen oakesAbout the author: Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom series and the YA fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga, both published via SparkPress, a BookSparks imprint. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She is currently at work on the last Elly novel and her second YA fantasy series, Wendy Darling.

Find Ms. Oakes here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest


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