Cantrell, Julie. Perennials. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing. 2017.

Haunted by a fire that happened years ago, Lovey (Eva) leaves town, far away from her bitter sister, Bitsy (Elizabeth). Living her own life while dealing with guilt, disappointment, anger and loss over the shed fire, Lovey is called back home to help plan her parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Chancing a visit home though it may mean facing the pain from the event all those years ago, Lovey must make decisions which could change her life forever.

With an absolutely beautiful cover and a very appropriately named title, New York Times bestselling author, Julie Cantrell, centers her newest novel around perennials. Even with an inspiring and creative topic, unfortunately, I had trouble really connecting with this novel which surprised me.  Truly liking her previous books, I am not sure if it was the story or me personally that just couldn’t merge with the story this time. Struggling to finish with a few reservations along the way, I will definitely read this author again while hoping for a different reaction.

3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Perennials from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*


The Flower Workshop

Chezar, Ariella. The Flower Workshop. USA: Ten Speed Press Publishing. 2016.


Beautiful ideas, gorgeous arrangements, timely presentations and easily followed directions all accompany the stunning photographs in author Ariella Chezar’s new book, The Flower Workshop. Included designs range from simple to a bit more involved, as well as cover arrangements for wreaths, displays, celebrations and tables. All uniquely patterned for full enjoyment, flowers certainly add charm, sophistication, contentment and spirit to any location adorned. Known for her flower workshops, the author provides step-by-step instructions, advice and philosophy, and various options for success, all with beauty in mind.

Though by no means overly artistic, even I was able to easily and enjoyably create a masterpiece (in my mind anyway) for my front door. With years of experience in flowers, author Ariella Chezar effectively details how to design bouquets, vases, wreaths, garlands and arrangements to meet any needs and/ or grace any site. The photography only enhances a wonderful how-to book made for the novice yet embraced by the more advanced; this book is perfect as a gift or for personal use.

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Flower Workshop from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

A Bouquet of Love

Thompson, Janice. A Bouquet of Love (Vol 4): Weddings by Design. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

bouquetLanding a new job at Galveston Island floral shop, Cassia Pappas doesn’t have time to help her Greek family with the new restaurant they’ve just opened on the Strand. Torn between options, Cassia doesn’t expect to fall in love at the most inopportune time either. To make matters worse, her father has decided to steal customers from Parma John’s which is run by the town’s favorite family. Will Cassia succeed in her career? Will she follow her heart or her head? Can pizza, flowers and Greek food ever co-exist peacefully?

Full of total nuttiness, a bit of insanity, faith and even romance, A Bouquet of Love is fun, well written, delicious and sheer zaniness. Being the fourth book in the Weddings by Design series, as a new reader to this author as well as this series, I did not have any trouble enjoying it. Though I may have missed some references to previous characters, I was oblivious to it and it did not detract from my understanding though I do plan on reading the entire series (perhaps backwards at this point to stick with the wacky theme)! Writing this story during a particularly hard time in her life, Janice Thompson did an excellent job…God must have given her just the words she needed for this romantic comedy!

4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Bouquet of Love from Revell Publishing for my honest review*