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by Colleen Oakes


Elly rolled her eyes back in her head and lifted her hand weakly. Filled with self-pity, she loathed Jen, who was actually a nice person.

ISBN 13: 9781477514122. eBook ISBN: 978-1-62111-966-1. The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. Elly rolled her eyes back in her head and lifted her hand weakly. Yes, act like nothing is wrong. Act like you didn’t hear me screaming and wailing like a banshee until the sun came up. Act like this is totally normal, sitting in my car at six in the morning, with a cooler full of roast beef and suicidal thoughts.

In that moment, Elly saw a mature woman behind the frantic bridezilla who had driven her crazy for the past few months. She gave Brooke a quick hug and dashed for the door, before the bride could find anything else to complain about. Ten minutes later – the time it took to coax Snarky Teenager away from six adoring groomsmen – the Posies van roared up Wydown. Elly rode in the passenger seat, watching lights smear out the rain-drenched window

Elly had barely been in the ballroom for forty minutes. She stomped out to the foyer, where Ardelle was staring at her reflection in a mirror as large as a door. She was calmly brushing her fingers through her hair and humming to herself.

Elly had barely been in the ballroom for forty minutes. Elly was in charge of mounting the tall centerpieces, which sat on scattered tables around the room. It was a slow process, one that was both physically and mentally exhausting. First she set down the tall gold candelabra, making sure that it was secure on the bottom and level at the top.

Colleen Oakes is a die-hard Colorado native who really enjoys living in other places. Elly in Bloom is a delightful story that is thoroughly entertaining, and will give the reader a warm and fuzzy feeling and put a smile on their face. She attended college in Bronxville, NY where she received her degree in Creative Writing. After college, she opened up a successful wedding florist before the writing urge came knocking. She now lives with her husband and son in Denver.

Sure, Elly has an embarrassingly beautiful best friend, a badly behaved sheepdog, and a sarcastic assistant she simply calls Snarky Teenager, but overall her days are pleasantly uneventful. As a bonus, her new next-door neighbor just happens to be an unnervingly handsome musician who has an eye for curvy Elly.

She currently at work on her third YA fairytale series, a Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including The Black Coats, Queen of Hearts Series, and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling or immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on her third YA fairytale series, a YA thriller and a fantasy collaboration.

What the heck is this?. Elly put her finger up and mouthed Hold on, as she pulled the leaves off a yellow ranunculus while cradling the phone with her shoulder istening to me. I need everyon. I need everyone ready to go at 7 am. Yes, seven. I know that means you have to get up at 5:30, but that is what time I need you and your workers to be here. There was an uncomfortable pause. A smile stretched across her tired face. I will see you Saturday.

Elly in Bloom - Colleen Oakes. They would come in, their faces flushed with the excitement of their upcoming wedding, mothers, sisters, and friends in tow, clutching various wedding books and magazine cutouts

Elly in Bloom - Colleen Oakes. They would come in, their faces flushed with the excitement of their upcoming wedding, mothers, sisters, and friends in tow, clutching various wedding books and magazine cutouts. She would greet them at the door, seat them at her table and proceed to talk about such lovely things that they always left a little dazed.

In Bloom by Colleen, two years ago, daybreak. Early morning nauseated Elly. That was normal, at least. Her steering wheel smelled like spoiled milk and rotten freesia.

Elly In Bloom by Colleen, two years ago, daybreak. Through the dirty windshield, she watched the creeping fingers of dawn overtaking the horizon. Bright rays approached her car slowly, blasted through the muddy glass, and turned her dark leather seats into blinding mirrors of light that hurt her swollen eyes.

Author Colleen Oakes, Denver, Colorado. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, blogging or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on the final Wendy Darling and a stand-alone YA novel.

Love comes in every size. Surrounded by lush flowers and neurotic brides, chubby 32-year old Elly Jordan has carved out a sweet little life for herself as the owner of Posies, a boutique wedding florist in St. Louis. It’s not bad for a woman who drove away from her entire life just two years ago when she found her husband entwined with a red-headed artist. Sure, Elly has an embarrassingly beautiful best friend, a terribly behaved sheepdog and a sarcastic assistant who she simply calls “Snarky Teenager”, but overall her days are pleasantly uneventful. As a bonus, her new next door neighbor just happens to be an unnervingly handsome musician who has an eye for curvy Elly. Just when she feels that she is finally moving on from her past, she discovers that an extravagant wedding contract, one that could change her financial future, is more than she bargained for. With the help of her friends, staff and the occasional well-made sandwich, Elly bravely agrees to take on the event that threatens to merge her painful history with her bright new life, and finds herself blooming in a direction she never imagined. Elly’s voice, both charming and hilarious, will appeal to those readers who have been looking for a new voice in chick-lit, and will give women of all sizes the realistic heroine they’ve been waiting for. A must read for fans of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, Jennifer Crusie, or Helen Fielding.

Elly in Bloom epub download

ISBN13: 978-1477514122

ISBN: 1477514120

Author: Colleen Oakes

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Women's Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (September 2012)

Pages: 324 pages

ePUB size: 1371 kb

FB2 size: 1824 kb

Rating: 4.8

Votes: 952

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Anarus
I absolutely LOVED this book. I think Elly was a delightful, quirky, fun character on a journey to find herself and THAT was well portrayed. We all have a "type" and sometimes that "type" is not always what's best for us and Elly had to discover that for herself and in doing so, she not only found herself, but also was able to let go of the pain of losing her mother and marriage. In the process she finds "family" in her friends who truly LOVE her and a new "love interest" who will truly treat her well.

I do not agree with the negative reviews of this book because I know A LOT of plus sized women who wear sleeveless tops and spaghetti strap tops, so its not fair to say the author has no clue about plus sized women and yes, they DO have a waistline! I honestly pictured Elly as someone like "jane" on Drop Dead Diva, but with a frumpy dress sense. Her "good looking" friends were able to help her get nicer clothes. It happens, even if its just in someone's imagination. It happen. And YES plus sized women garner lots of male interest or does no one watch tv anymore or look around when they go out and see all the plus sized women with skinny boyfriends? IT HAPPENS!

So why did I only give the book 4 stars? Because the food descriptions made me hungry and the flower arrangement descriptions just went WAAAAY over my head. Oh and there were a few editing errors, but they did not detract from the story or bother me enough to get ants in the pants over them.

This is a funny, witty, book, which I loved and I can't wait for the next installment. I was hoping it was already available when I finished this one and was REALLY disappointed to find it wasn't.
Anarus
I absolutely LOVED this book. I think Elly was a delightful, quirky, fun character on a journey to find herself and THAT was well portrayed. We all have a "type" and sometimes that "type" is not always what's best for us and Elly had to discover that for herself and in doing so, she not only found herself, but also was able to let go of the pain of losing her mother and marriage. In the process she finds "family" in her friends who truly LOVE her and a new "love interest" who will truly treat her well.

I do not agree with the negative reviews of this book because I know A LOT of plus sized women who wear sleeveless tops and spaghetti strap tops, so its not fair to say the author has no clue about plus sized women and yes, they DO have a waistline! I honestly pictured Elly as someone like "jane" on Drop Dead Diva, but with a frumpy dress sense. Her "good looking" friends were able to help her get nicer clothes. It happens, even if its just in someone's imagination. It happen. And YES plus sized women garner lots of male interest or does no one watch tv anymore or look around when they go out and see all the plus sized women with skinny boyfriends? IT HAPPENS!

So why did I only give the book 4 stars? Because the food descriptions made me hungry and the flower arrangement descriptions just went WAAAAY over my head. Oh and there were a few editing errors, but they did not detract from the story or bother me enough to get ants in the pants over them.

This is a funny, witty, book, which I loved and I can't wait for the next installment. I was hoping it was already available when I finished this one and was REALLY disappointed to find it wasn't.
Thordibandis
Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy this book. It was fun chick lit read that had me glued to my Kindle. This was a read that kept me walking around my neighborhood with my eyes glued to my Kindle.

Elly is a sweet woman who is making a new life for herself, trying to forget a certain scene from her past. She is doing well until her biggest wedding of the year . . . of her career. I love that Elly is a normal woman. She is a size 16, pretty, sweaty, down-to-earth, and has the same struggles that many women have. She is a character that I liked immediately. I loved how she handled everything at the end and at the big wedding.

I love Kim, Snarky Teenager, Anthony, Ardelle, and Keith. I love them all. Kim is a great friend. She is so kind and took Elly in and under her wing. Snarky Teenager is a great asset to Posies and to Elly. You want to smack her, but you want to hug her.

I can’t wait to read Elly in Love. I’m starting it now.

Would I recommend it: Yes. This is a great summer read. Get it. Read it.
Thordibandis
Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy this book. It was fun chick lit read that had me glued to my Kindle. This was a read that kept me walking around my neighborhood with my eyes glued to my Kindle.

Elly is a sweet woman who is making a new life for herself, trying to forget a certain scene from her past. She is doing well until her biggest wedding of the year . . . of her career. I love that Elly is a normal woman. She is a size 16, pretty, sweaty, down-to-earth, and has the same struggles that many women have. She is a character that I liked immediately. I loved how she handled everything at the end and at the big wedding.

I love Kim, Snarky Teenager, Anthony, Ardelle, and Keith. I love them all. Kim is a great friend. She is so kind and took Elly in and under her wing. Snarky Teenager is a great asset to Posies and to Elly. You want to smack her, but you want to hug her.

I can’t wait to read Elly in Love. I’m starting it now.

Would I recommend it: Yes. This is a great summer read. Get it. Read it.
Talvinl
Oh my...as a plus-sized woman who has experienced all of the things Elly thought throughout this seriously adorable novel, I loved the fact that she was a *real* woman, and funny to boot. I loved her cast of characters; her friend Kim with the amazingly generous heart and very tolerant husband, Snarky Teenager who cracked me up more than once, Keith, the owner of the deli and hopefully more (we will have to see in a sequel, won't we?)...even the characters that were easy to hate!
Some little nit-picky things: there were grammatical and proofreading errors. Not so much that it made the book unreadable, but enough to be noticeable. Deal breaker? No, just irritating. Some of the plot points were not developed fully. For example, Kim's reason for her crisis in the middle of the novel was thinly developed; even with just the smallest amount of added information this could have been introduced or made less, jarring, I suppose is the best word for it. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that the heroine was to have grown up in Georgia, in Peachtree City no less, which is very near where I live, yet she continually referred to it as "Peachtree." I might be wrong, but after more than 15 years here in Georgia, I've never heard anyone call it just "Peachtree," it is always "Peachtree City." Additionally, the description of her prior job just seems to be all about downtown (meaning Atlanta) but with a "15-minute commute" it can only be Fayetteville. So, anyway, it just jars against acceptance of the scene as painted when your mind keeps interrupting with little thoughts like, 'there's no way she made it from downtown to P'tree City in 15 minutes, what is this author thinking??'
Some specifics about this romance novel: there was no sex, but realistic scenes in which the heroine had to calm herself because of the intoxicating kisses of her cute boyfriend. Speaking of intoxicating, there was a lot more alcohol use than I am personally comfortable with (99% wine with strong spirits mentioned twice). More distressingly, the heroine uses alcohol to help her prepare for stressful situations. Snarky Teenager is described as having a very liberal view on most everything, including premarital sex and revealing clothing. Elly mentions being brought up in church, but has not been in several years. She does happen across a church near the end of the novel, and according to the epilogue, has begun to attend.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I give the plot and writing 4 1/2 stars, the editing 3 stars, and the morality/appropriateness of this book for a Christian woman 4 stars.
Verdict? Recommended. :-D
Talvinl
Oh my...as a plus-sized woman who has experienced all of the things Elly thought throughout this seriously adorable novel, I loved the fact that she was a *real* woman, and funny to boot. I loved her cast of characters; her friend Kim with the amazingly generous heart and very tolerant husband, Snarky Teenager who cracked me up more than once, Keith, the owner of the deli and hopefully more (we will have to see in a sequel, won't we?)...even the characters that were easy to hate!
Some little nit-picky things: there were grammatical and proofreading errors. Not so much that it made the book unreadable, but enough to be noticeable. Deal breaker? No, just irritating. Some of the plot points were not developed fully. For example, Kim's reason for her crisis in the middle of the novel was thinly developed; even with just the smallest amount of added information this could have been introduced or made less, jarring, I suppose is the best word for it. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that the heroine was to have grown up in Georgia, in Peachtree City no less, which is very near where I live, yet she continually referred to it as "Peachtree." I might be wrong, but after more than 15 years here in Georgia, I've never heard anyone call it just "Peachtree," it is always "Peachtree City." Additionally, the description of her prior job just seems to be all about downtown (meaning Atlanta) but with a "15-minute commute" it can only be Fayetteville. So, anyway, it just jars against acceptance of the scene as painted when your mind keeps interrupting with little thoughts like, 'there's no way she made it from downtown to P'tree City in 15 minutes, what is this author thinking??'
Some specifics about this romance novel: there was no sex, but realistic scenes in which the heroine had to calm herself because of the intoxicating kisses of her cute boyfriend. Speaking of intoxicating, there was a lot more alcohol use than I am personally comfortable with (99% wine with strong spirits mentioned twice). More distressingly, the heroine uses alcohol to help her prepare for stressful situations. Snarky Teenager is described as having a very liberal view on most everything, including premarital sex and revealing clothing. Elly mentions being brought up in church, but has not been in several years. She does happen across a church near the end of the novel, and according to the epilogue, has begun to attend.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I give the plot and writing 4 1/2 stars, the editing 3 stars, and the morality/appropriateness of this book for a Christian woman 4 stars.
Verdict? Recommended. :-D