#Review: Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson @ILA121209

Description

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

Review

This book is told through three stories, Khloe who owns a flower store, and Connie and Gabby who are customers of Khloe’s. Each woman is at different stages of their life, and each woman is looking for love in different ways.

Khloe is consumed by running her store, it’s gathering success and she loves bringing joy to people in the form of flowers. When she meets a man over her store counter she mistakes his advances for a business meeting.

Connie has never had a boyfriend, after being in a terrible accident as a young child she has never fully gained self-confidence and now sends flowers to herself at work because she is afraid of being seen as a loser for being single and wants to gain acceptance from the spiteful women she works with.

Gabby is a widow and feels like it may be time to dip her toe back in the water so joins a dating site.

The book is light-hearted and moves reasonably quickly. There were a few issues for me. It’s called Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop so for me I expected the story to be shaped around the flower cards, but very few of them were mentioned. Not a huge issue I just got to the end of the book and felt the title didn’t really make much sense to the way the story shaped out.

I felt like some situations could have been played out for more chick-lit humour. Such as Gabby joining a dating site. The first response she gets is the person she ends up dating. Now I don’t know about the rest of you but my experience of dating sites was not that perfect. I think it would have been funnier and more realistic to have her wade through a few weirdos first.

I felt Connie’s situation was really over the top, do people really do what she was doing? Wouldn’t someone who had been through what she had been through have had therapy to help them deal with a lot of the issues she’d had? I struggled to believe that as a child she had been completely neglected and left to deal with all of her trauma which had then turned her into a completely unconfident and neurotic adult.

Khloe though I enjoyed, I understood her situation I believed her reaction to situations, although I found Derek a bit of an idiot for lying to her. I think I would have preferred just a solo story with just the two of them.

I didn’t dislike this book but I spent a fair amount of time frustrated with some of the reactions, decisions that were being made. There was also an uncertainty on how far to take the sex scenes, some of them crept close to being graphic and then cut off, others stayed strictly PG. I think authors need to decide which avenue they want to go down then stick with it. I have no issue reading PG books that don’t show sex, equally, as you all know, I love full graphic sex. But this 50/50 not sure where it’s going thing is awkward and uncomfortable for everybody.

I have to thank Isabella Louise Anderson and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tour for the eARC so that I can honestly review this.

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TitleCard’s From Khloe’s Flower Shop
Series: N/A
Author: Isabella Louise Anderson
Genre: Chick Lit | Romance | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 290
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Week in Review – 11 March 2018

How has your week been everyone? I’m not going to dredge over old ground, the bipolar is still being a royal pain in my backside and I’m doing what I can with the motivation I have but it’s damn hard. I will be so glad once I’m back on track, the meds are reduced and I’m functioning at my normal level.

Confession time, I had to give up on the February TBR Topple read, I restarted it four times and couldn’t get more than 10% into it. I tried I really tried, it wasn’t enough of an effort to fairly deserve a review of any kind so I’ve just put it aside but as it was a TBR Topple read I wanted to mention it. I’ve read another of the authors books and I flew through it so I know I get on with her writing, I just couldn’t connect with this particular book for some reason.

Book of the Month

With being sick I didn’t read much during February so the pool of books to choose from is pretty small for a change. Despite the small pickings, they were high quality and I’ve gone with three again this month, one urban fantasy, one romance and one sci-fi romance.

 

Clockwork City by Paul Crilley – This was a book I was desperate to read from the moment I knew it was coming and it didn’t disappoint in way shape or form. Continuing from where Poison City left off there are magic and monsters galore as Gideon Tao and his spirit guide, Dog, get themselves into seemingly unending amounts of trouble.

Baby Girl by C.M. Stunich – I swear C.M. Stunich can see into my soul and knows exactly what to write to tear me apart and have me hang on her every word. Baby Girl see’s two people have to deal with the death of his best friend and her fiance, and how they cope with that and eventually find solace in each other. It sounds cliche summarised but it was one of the most heartbreaking and equally uplifting books I’ve ever read.

Sins of the Father by Nikki Landis – Nikki Landis very quickly became a must read for me. I am still playing catch up on her back catalogue but am just about managing to keep up with new releases. Sins of the Father is on the surface a straightforward MC Romance, but Nikki has thrown some wapping great surprises in there which I can honestly say floored me and had me physically reeling from the shock! Outstanding novel and I can’t wait for number two.

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#BlogTour: Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson @ChickLitGoddess @NeverlandBT #Excerpt #Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson. Unfortunately, this is one of the tours which has fallen victim to my struggling with reading recently and so I haven’t been able to get a review written yet and I send huge apologies to both Isabella Louise Anderson and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours. However, I do have an excerpt from the book to share with you today.

Description

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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Excerpt

Connie Albright

 

 

Connie typed anxiously on her keyboard, looking up from her cubicle every few seconds, waiting for Sharon from Khloe’s Flower Shop to come through the glass entryway doors. She had checked her email first thing that morning, and like always, once a week, there was a confirmation about her order.

 

Dear Connie Albright,

 

Your order to CONNIE ALBRIGHT has been created by one of our team members and is on its way to the recipient.

 

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, please call Khloe Harper at 1-800-555-1212.

As always, I wish you a bouquet of happiness!

Khloe Harper

 

Owner of Khloe’s Flower Shop

 

With a sigh, Connie looked back down at her keyboard and continued entering patients’ data into the Excel spreadsheet. Six years ago, to pay for her college education, she had started the medical data entry job, where she found mundane tasks enjoyable, and had been looking forward to making new friends. However, these days, she was now a college graduate with a degree in marketing who hated her job, finding it boring and repetitive, nor had she made friends with any of her co-workers. In fact, they barely noticed her.

 

Compared to the thin, sexy bombshells she worked with, Connie wasn’t anyone to be desired. She was tall, frumpy, wore glasses, and, thanks to a conversation she overheard, was known in the office as “the ugly girl who wore tacky sweaters.” With the exception of a few that her grandmother had sent her for her birthday, having crocheted each one, Connie didn’t think the sweaters were tacky.

So, after hearing enough of what was being said behind her back, and after complaining to her best friend—her diary—she came up with an idea to change things, and, so far, it seemed to have worked like magic.

 

“Connie!” Mia, the office receptionist, squealed. “They’re here!”

 

With a slight pause to get ready for the weekly act she performed, Connie popped up from her chair and watched Sharon approach. After signing her name to the page on the clipboard, she gave Sharon, the only other person besides Khloe who knew her secret, a quick nod.

 

Suddenly, Connie found herself in the center of a circle of women hovering over her desk, eagerly waiting for her to read the card that came with the bouquet.

 

“Well, what does it say?” asked a co-worker.

 

“Yeah, come on. Tell us,” begged another.

 

She took in the moment, wishing she had a real man who would say the things she had written to herself. “Your beauty captures me more each day, and my love for you grows each time I touch you. I’m looking forward to this weekend…in bed! Walt.

 

Holding the card close to her chest, Connie forced tears from her eyes, forcing herself to blush in front of her co-workers. “Oh, I love that man so very much.”

 

“Seriously, that has to be the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard,” Mia said, dramatizing her voice and placing her hands on her chest. “Oh, Connie, you’re so lucky to have a man like him.”

 

“Yeah, Con, that’s cute,” began Nicola, the bitchiest of them all. “But the last time I got flowers, just yesterday as a matter of fact, they certainly weren’t carnations,” she joked, motioning her hand like she was shooing the flowers away from her. All the co-workers joined in her laughter, and then shuffled back to their desks.

 

Connie looked at her flowers and smiled, her feathers not ruffled by Nicola’s comment. She felt accomplished and desired. For a few moments, she’d been the center of attention of a group of women who she knew despised her. Even back in high school, she had been a female nerd, which crossed her out from being friends with the beautiful and popular girls, and in college it was pretty much the same story. It’s not that she didn’t try to make an effort, because she did, but after failing time and time again, whether it be at orientation, working together in groups for school projects, or the few times Connie went to a pub near the university in hopes of meeting up with a few girls who she thought she could be friends with, it never worked. They either laughed in her face, said that the empty seat next to them was already taken (when it really wasn’t), or simply ignored her.

 

Though it was beginning to get expensive and difficult to keep the lies about Walt straight, Connie had no other choice but to continue the weekly charade.

 

It’s just the right thing to do!, she told herself, taking a seat in her chair before continuing to enter the endless data, while thinking of what Walt’s card would say the following week.

 

About Isabella Louise Anderson

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Isabella Louise grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. Aside from writing, she focuses her time on featuring other authors on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with sharing book reviews. Isabella Louise is also a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Indian and Mexican food, margaritas, and red and white wines. She loves spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Texas Rangers. When Isabella Louise isn’t working on her next release, her attention is also on her Scentsy business, where she’s a consultant.

Website: http://www.isabellalouiseanderson.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ChickLitGoddess

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Title: Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop
Series: N/A
Author: Isabella Louise Anderson
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 March 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 290
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects To Your Preferred Supplier)