Review of A Bouquet of Love

Posted August 18, 2014 by Stormi in Book Reviews, Review Archive / 0 Comments

Review of A Bouquet of Love

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson
Genres: Christian, Romance
Published by Revell on August 12th, 2014
Pages: 353
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand– directly across the street from the Rossis’ popular pizza place–and they want Cassia’s full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella’s good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .
Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers one more romp with Bella, Galveston, and the bustling wedding biz in the final installment of her popular series. Anyone who loves quirky families, loads of laughter, and tender romance will find themselves hooked.

First thoughts: I am a huge Janice Thompson fan and she did not disappoint. This one was so much fun!

A Bouquet of Love is part of the Wedding’s by Design series which is a spin off of Wedding’s by Bella series and Backstage Pass series and I do suggest that you start from the beginning even though you could read this one by itself. You get so much more out of it if you already know all the characters. Trust me they are a blast and you will love everyone of them!

So this one reminds a little of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s but not quiet as rough, but they are definitely a feuding. It is the Greeks vs. the Italian. Cassia Pappas and her family are new to Galveston Texas. They have come to open a Gyro restaurant called Super Gyros and it is right across the street from Parma Johns an Italian eater. Let the war begin!

Cassia’s father has forbid her or any other family member from talking to the enemy. They must stay away from the Rossi’s because they must just be evil, they are Italians. Her father has this idea of how his restaurant is going to be so much better that they will take all of Parma Johns customers.

Uncle Laz, whom you would know from any of the other books is the owner of Parma Johns and he has also forbidden his family from having anything to do with the Pappas.

The only problem with this is that the Rossi’s are everywhere. Bella owns Club Wed, Marcella owns the flower shop, Scarlett owns the Bakery and if they are not a Rossi, they are married to a Rossi or friends with a Rossi. They are super friendly and Cassia loves flowers that is what she wants to do not make Gyros. She gets a job at the flower shop before she realizes that it’s ran by a Rossi, now what is she suppose to do? Her brother hangs out at the baseball field and meets a real nice coach and starts helping him out before he finds out, he is a Rossi. Eva finds a friend in the girl that cuts hair at the salon and finds out she is a Rossi, even their mom makes friend with someone before realizing she is  a Rossi. So now we have a lot of secret friends going on here because no one wants to let Babbas know that they are talking to the enemy. They are all really sweet down home people, but you just can’t tell a stubborn Greek man that. To him and his restaurant they are the enemy. It makes for a lot of laughs.

Meanwhile, Cassia meets Alex whose family supplies the flower shop with their flowers and they hit it off right away. Who wouldn’t love a Greek cowboy! I want one! His family is just as rambunctious as her family, so it was easy for them to get along. She has found the man of her dreams and he is Greek and loves flowers. Now if she can find away to end the feud between two families before it breaks up the family.

I loved Cassia she was so much fun to read about. She has this large Greek family and her father is so stubborn and his superhero costume to promote Super Gyros made me laugh. I don’t know if I could survive in a family like that as I only have one older brother. Cassia wants to do as her father wants her too and she really did try and stay away from the Rossi’s it’s just that God has other plans.

Alex, he was a sweetheart and a Greek Adonis disguised as a cowboy. He was such the southern gentleman and he even loved his big loud family even when they get all embarrassing. His family is just as fun as the Rossi’s and Pappas and most of them have been in previous books. Actually I think most of the secondary characters have been in previous books and it was so much fun to be with them all again. When you really love a series even if it’s split up into different series its fun to come back home to characters you have grown to love.

I so enjoyed this book as it just made me laugh and smile and sometimes after reading some books that can bog you down it’s real nice to just relax in a sweet romance with a lot of humor. I would recommend this to anyone who loves contemporary romances, and even though it’s a Christian romance, it doesn’t preach or anything it’s just a real down home sweet romance.

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