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Reviewed by Amanda Schaefer

Elly Jordan, owner of Posies Florist, is moving up in the world. Not only does she have a wonderful new boyfriend (Keith, who happens to make great sandwiches!), but she’s now vying for a spot on BlissBride, a reality TV show. Being the florist of a BlissBride wedding would truly set her career for great things! But Elly isn’t comfortable in front of a camera…let’s face it: Elly isn’t comfortable no matter where she is. But Snarky Teenager, Elly’s coworker, is convinced that the notoriety Elly will receive from competing on a BlissBride show will increase the chances of her new florist shop’s success.

When Elly is chosen to the BlissBride florist for the town’s super-movie-star-bride, she’s star struck and broken-hearted at the same time. Lola Plumb has been in every tabloid and anyone-who’s-anyone knows that she’s just a mess waiting to make a mess! But Elly sees a sad little girl behind all the makeup and drugs and fancy clothes. Inside, Lola just wants to be good and live a quiet life, and Elly is determined to help her start with a beautiful wedding to a man who truly loves her.

During the days of preparing for BlissBride, a young boy comes into Posies acting creepy and shady. When he shows up again and appears menacing, Elly screams, which brings Keith to Posies from his shop. He tears into the boy in defense of Elly; however, after assuring Keith that Elly is okay, the boy finally admits that he is Elly’s half-brother. While Elly continues dealing with her brother, scrambling for BlissBride, and helping Lola become the young woman she wants to, she also is learning how to deal with the rift learning of her half-brother has created in her relationship with Keith. Broken-hearted that Keith is lying to her and is quite possibly not the perfect man for her, Elly decides to push through and do her best to be happy. She proves to her brother that she truly wants him in her life, opens Store B across town and provides Lola a wedding that is stunning and classy all at the same time.

While Elly in Bloom was a good book, Elly in Love is simply just better. Oakes’ second book in The Elly Series is real and honest–a story almost anyone could relate to in one way or another. I’m still not a fan of Snarky Teenager not having a name, if only because she becomes so integral to the story in Elly in Love that a proper noun would suffice for the character. I just believe she deserves a name, so I named her in my head and just replaced the words when I was reading. However, in the end I just can’t wait to see what’s next for Elly and her team of designers, or what’s next for her and Keith! I hope Colleen Oakes plans on writing more about Elly!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

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