Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Wooden Pants Publishing; 2 edition (August 15, 2016)
Val Shakely is a list-maker. Daily routine. Check. Calm, quiet (but successful) business. Check. No drama. No excitement. Some might call it boring, but it’s precisely the way Val likes it. She loves her hometown of Cambria, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and runs a fruitful PR firm. And that’s more than enough for Val. So what if she doesn’t have a social life?
Then, her cousin Gwen decides to take on the local political bully, the Mayor, in head-to-head combat for the Mayoral seat and Val takes her company reluctantly, and against her better judgment, into the fray. The minute Val takes on Gwen’s campaign, the safe world that she has carefully constructed begins to unravel. She feels the pressure of the campaign and the personal attacks by Gwen’s opponent.
And as if that wasn’t complicated enough, Val finds herself falling in love. Val’s desire to stay on the sidelines is put to the test and she’s forced to reexamine the life she’s built as she trudges toward a new and more exciting future. What Amazon.com reviewers are saying:
“…the perfect, light, romantic book to read on a rainy day, sipping Earl Grey.” “…a delightful story!”
“…an excellent, fast paced book that will not disappoint.” “A story with characters you will love, an entertaining plot, and a very enjoyable read.”
When family asks for help, it's hard to say No, which is exactly what happens to Val Shakely, a successful public relations professional. Her cousin, Gwen, wants to run for mayor, but her chances are a long shot at best.
Being in the spotlight is not part of the deal, but Val soon finds herself drawn to John, a local corporate celebrity. Will Val be able to keep it together as things get crazier?
If you love sweet, easy romances with a neatly wrapped up storyline, then this is the perfect light read. Val is an interesting character who has her heart in the right place. But, for me, the romance is too neat and too fast. But it's enjoyable, and I found myself curious as to how it would all work out.
Sometimes a light read is just what the doctor ordered, though, so definitely check this out.
Rating: 3.5 stars
About Amy Rivers
Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment and, perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master’s degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics.
She was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. Wallflower Blooming is her first novel.
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Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.
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