Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Review: Love in Bloom by Sheila Roberts

First line:  "I need flowers, dead ones."

From the back cover:  Hope Walker survived early breast cancer at just thirty-years-old, but a mastectomy left her with a lot of scarring—and some serious fears about dating.  Hope owns Changing Seasons, Heart Lake’s most popular flower shop.  When it comes to love and relationships, she’s able to work magic through her expert flower arranging…for everyone but herself.  Then one day a handsome contractor starts coming into her shop, but Hope knows he’d rather have a whole woman than someone like her.

         When Hope stakes a plot of ground at Heart Lake’s community garden, she finds that a woman can grow all sorts of things there: flowers, herbs, vegetables and even friendship.  As she gets to know the two women who share neighboring plots, they discover that they can learn a lot from each other—not just about gardening, but about life.  And Hope realizes that in order to live life to the fullest, sometimes you have to take a chance on love.

My thoughts:  This is a story that seems to have it all - romance, women's friendships, poignancy and characters that are so real, you can't help but love them.  It shows how friendship comes in all forms - being at different points in their lives, three characters forged a friendship that all benefited from.  And, most important, it leaves the reader with a simple message: Live life! I absolutely loved this book and eagerly look for more stories of Heart Lake by Sheila Roberts.


  1. I really liked this book too, Kristin. Nice review.

  2. This sounds like one of those heartwarming feel good books that makes you want to get out there and take chances and as you said, live life. Great review.


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