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The Blossom Sisters

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  1,001 ratings  ·  150 reviews
In a richly rewarding novel filled with unforgettable characters, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Fern Michaels explores the enduring bonds of family as one man loses everything--only to find the freedom to create a bold new life. . .
Gus Hollister owes all his success to his feisty grandmother, Rose, and he knows it. It was Rose and her two sisters, Iris and Violet
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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I have been reading Fern Michael's work for years and have always enjoyed it. She never fails to write a wonderful story with delightfully compelling characters. The Blossom Sisters is another one of those books with a story that just reaches out and touches your heart. Ms. Michaels has a way of creating characters that our so heartfelt and yet so totally humorous all at the same time. I just love this woman's work and The Blossom Sisters is no exception. I love to be engrossed in a good book an ...more
Julie Barrett
The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels
What I like about this book is it's about a male. He was married, and now she's taken everything from him in the divorce.
He relies on his friend and he comes through for him many times over. He attempts to have his grandmother help him but she and his aunts want no part of him. He had chosen his wife over them.
He has to prove himself now to them. Love the work they do at the farm and who the workers are-so refreshing to learn of their career choices.
They do al
This was a pretty ridiculous story.
Maybe I noticed this because it was audio, but there was SO. MUCH. MINUTIAE. So much. It dragged on and on with unnecessary details. If I was reading it, I might have just skimmed those parts, but listening to it on audio, I was forced to hear the useless crap. I rolled my eyes so many times. And then, the dialogue. Wow, holy unrealistic, Batman. Very stilted, and suffering from the same needless minutiae.
On to the story...cute set up, really. But the gold digger wife who practices witchcraft? T
While I fell in love with the cover, I didn't find The Blossom Sisters content to be of value. I'm not sure what rating between 1 and 2 I'd choose.

The restoration of dignity for the seniors who develop a full scale business and community with each other is an aspect I valued. Their choice of voodoo, witchcraft and sex products I didn't. In combination with the antagonist's activities it appears to be more than a bit of coincidence.

I also took issue with the constant swearing. Take those cheap
This is another book by Fern Michaels that has major parts of it that are either too good to be true or just do not make enough sense to believe them. In this case, Gus has a grandmother and two aunts who raised him and who showered him with everything, from an education to a rather expensive home, all paid for by a business that is both strange and not believable. In addition, Gus married a gold digger, against his aunts’ and grandmother’s advice who has literally taken him to the wringers. How ...more
What a wonderful story this was. Fern Michaels never disappoints me. Her books whether they be a short read as this one was or a full length book, gives you a great read.
This story gives you a sense of Home and heart. It was about love, redemption, friendship and giving back to those you love. It is about finding out what really matters in life Love and Family.

I loved this book. It was a book that once I started reading it, I could not put into down.
It made me laugh, cry and smile. If on a da
Jan 26, 2015 Chris rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: balancing act by Fern
From the cover:
In a richly rewarding novel filled with unforgettable characters, #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels explores the enduring bonds of family as one man loses everything—only to find the freedom to create a bold new life…

Gus Hollister owes all his success to his feisty grandmother, Rose, and he knows it. It was Rose and her two sisters, Iris and Violet, who raised Gus, sent him to the best schools, and helped him start his own accounting business. Rose even bought the
THE BLOSSOM SISTERS wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but it was a charming story that I enjoyed as it had me laughing at times.

Narrator Jeff Crawford does a wonderful job of bringing the various characters to life, including Wilson. His interruption of the emotions draws the listener in.

Gus Hollister went against the advice of his grandmother Rose, his Aunts Iris and Violet, and everyone else to marry Elaine. Now he’s paying dearly for it. Elaine has taken the house, his car and is filing fo
I won a free copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway.

The story is about Gus Hollister, who was raised by his grandmother, Rose, and his great-aunts, Iris and Violet. His relationship with his family was a great one, until he decided to marry Elaine. Elaine does not want for Gus to do anything with his family, and he becomes estranged from the Blossom sisters.

But Elaine is now filing for divorce, and Gus might lose everything, including the house that his grandmother Rose got for him.

Gus i
I enjoyed this book, but it didn't really hold my attention. I've been a Fern Michaels fan ever since I got hooked on the "Sisterhood" novels. This book, even with an evil character, didn't even come close to satisfying my need for interesting characters. All, except one, were too good to be true. I do have to admit, however, that I did have one character that made me laugh - Wilson, Gus' dog. I wish I had a dog like that! The plot was okay, but not great. If you like Fern Michaels, you should l ...more
I liked this book, and at times it felt more like a 3.5, and at others it felt like a fairy tale. The book just went from one save after a calamity to another, and the witchcraft, that was not real? I saw no need for any of that. The Blossom sisters run a farm, and many projects on the side..some a little questionable for senior citizens, and very time consuming, I am not sure I could keep up with their hours, and I am a lot younger. Their grandson, who chose a gold digger to marry over their wi ...more
I did like this book, however I feel she tried to pack in way to much story into one book. If there are plans to expand that would give her time to unfold each layer but as it is the time line with too limited for ALL of this to take place. Not believable. Great characters who I would love to spend more time with.
Jennifer Lynn
If I could give this book 2 and a half stars I would, but I just didn't think it was good enough for 3 stars. I liked the storyline and the characters. The ending was not what I would hope or wanted though. There was not any real justice and the "bad' character ended up just getting off of her crimes and yeah, there is a note that eventually she ends up not rich, but she was a gold-digger! She used multiple men and blackmailed many people. So what kind of ending is one where yeah the good guy di ...more
I loved this book the 3 sisters were so funny, especially when they tried to hid from their nephew and grandson what business they were in. Ido not want to give the plot away. The characaters developed very nicely that you identified with them. I would recommend this book.
Sylvia Welborn
Blooms Abound

A wonderful story of Gus who turned his back on his Grandmother and Aunt's when he married a woman who he later in a dramatic turn finds out is nothing but a gold digger.
We are a part of his reconciliation with his relatives who are not immediately ready to welcome him back into their lives. Why? Because these seniors are hiding something from Gus that their not sure they want to share with him right now.

We watch as Gus struggles reuniting with a boyhood friend who plays a big par
Roz Curney-Sherod
Not the best Fern Michaels book I have ever read! I had really high hopes for this book because I was on the waiting list twice (local public library on-line) to borrow the e-book version. Seems as through the book's name should have been Blossom Farms since most of the book revolved around the soon to be ex-wife and the grandson of the above named sisters. I have read other reviews on Goodreads where people have stated that they thought it was weird that the ex-wife just disappeared at the end ...more
Shelly Itkin
Almost all of us have had to make choices each and every day of our lives and some work out fine while others leave us to wonder how we could have be so blindsided.

Gus Hollister has lived with his spunky grandmother, Rose since his parents who did not want to take care of a child abandoned him.
His years growing up on the farm were full of fun and happiness thanks to Grandma Rose and her two twin sisters Iris and Violet.

When Gus falls head over heels for Elaine he finds himself alone and abandone
This was a great book by Fern Michaels. Very light reading! Sort of a romantic comedy with some mystery and suspense in it too! I can see this being the first in a series with the same characters in it. It was a fast read and when it came to the end, I wanted the story to continue with more adventures with Gus and Barney and the Blossom sisters! One who was Gus'a grandmother and her 2 sisters!

Gus is surprised when he finds his bags packed and on the porch and his wife leaving a note saying she
Melanie Coombes
The book was ok. It was a very, easy escape book. Definitely not a book with much substance or profound insight. But sometimes you just want to pick up an easy read. I always think its fun to read a book with an evil character in it. Gus is the good guy who was swayed by an evil women, his wife Elaine. He finds out the hard way that she is a gold digger just interested in his money. Gus's three elderly aunts tried to warn him, but he ignored them. Now he comes back to them to beg forgiveness and ...more
Gus Hollister, an accountant, marries a sexy lady named Elaine. Elaine is a sexy, demanding, money-hungry,selfish lady. Gus was raised by his grandmother, Rose, and her two sisters, iris and Violet. Once Gus becomes involved with Elaine, he ignores his relatives. Elaine leaves Gus and he is devistated and expects his relatives to pamper him through the break-up. Wrong! The ladies are fed up with Gus and basically tell him to get lost. Even Gus' attorney, Jill, is disgusted with his behavior tow ...more
I'm rereading all my ereader books starting with this one July 2015. I did not like the story at all on the second reading. Change the rating to one star. I couldn't finish it altho I seriously tried. I disliked Gus so much that I could have bitch-slapped him except that violence never fixed anything!

First read Jan 2014
I liked the book but I didn't like Gus much. He knew what it was like to be left behind (by his parents) but he still dropped his grandmother and aunts for, lets face it, sex. The
Like too many books recently, the author created a sweet story with clear cut characters I wanted to know better, and see more of, then rushed the story, particularly the ending. There were at least three stories, perhaps four, that could have carried an entire book. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. I'm just sorry that instead of being a full dessert, it was just the filling.
William Simmons

Wow!!!What a story.... I do recommend it.

Well written. Well developed nteresting characters. Good plot.

This is a love story but more than a romance it's the story of the love of grandparents, aunts, friends and love and appreciation of the elderly and their abilities.

Just when I'm ready to give up on the genre along comes a book like this.
Gus Hollister's grandmother and her sisters buy Gus a house. He marries the wrong person and the wife tries to take everything he owns. The Blossom sister's tried to warn Gus, but he just wouldn't listen cause he was so in love.

While being married he ignored his grandmother and his aunts and has to find a way to get back into their good graces. He finds out about the Blossom Sisters businesses which have been successful that he never knew about. He vows to help them out.

After the divorce he ma
Won a free copy from Goodreads. More of a 2.5 rating.

Nice and relaxing book to sit down and enjoy but sorry to say that this is not my kind of book. I did enjoy the funny parts but the plotline was too ridiculous to believe. I don't really know what to say about this novel except that it feels like a granny's type of book.

Story was about Gus Hollister, an accountant raised by his grandparents and great aunts. He is kicked out of his own home by his gold-digger-soon-to-be-ex-wife. His best friend
Janet McCord
Very sweet and enjoyable book, perfect for some light summer reading. Even though the "action" doesn't involve much, the author's attention to the smallest detail gives the story depth and we get a pretty good feel for the characters and their lives, however unusual. Some of the character development could have been better and I this the story was a bit of a fairy tale in that it was a pretty simple story with a happy ending. Still, all in all, easy, light and just the thing for a lazy summer af ...more
At the beginning, I expected the plot with the Senior Citizens to develop in another way.
Instead it became a new look at how to engage our senior citizens so that they feel that they
are engaged in a project that gives them some worth. Also shows how "gold digger" wives can
push too far without realizing it.
Dec 07, 2014 Maureen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Fern Michaels books
There are times in my busy life when I just need a simple story book to read and let me escape. This book did that for me. I have never read a Fern Michaels book until The Blossom Sisters. I happened to come across this book at my local library and started reading it in October. I thought the story was good, but I was disappointed that more was not revealed about Elaine, who practiced voodoo and witchcraft. I will probably read more Fern Michael's books in the future.
Kati Berman
It has been a while since I read a Fern Michaels book, and it will be a while, if ever before I read another one. This has been the most ridiculous book I have ever read. Totally unrealistic, the naïveté of Gus, Elaine's witchcraft, the Blossom Sister's business, the seniors' participation, etc. etc. not to speak of the complete predictability of the love aspect. I skipped through many parts and don't feel I missed anything. I do NOT recommend this book. The only reason I gave it one star, becau ...more
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