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3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
LOVE IN BLOOM — Celebrate the arrival of spring with a bouquet of exquisite stories by five acclaimed authors of romantic fiction. Brimming with the richness and delicate beauty of the season's first flower, this wondrous collection reveals blossoming love in all its myriad colors and forms. Full of passion and promise, scandal and heartache, and rekindled desire, these ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Signet
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Nov 05, 2011 Christy rated it it was amazing
Gave it 5 stars based solely on the Mary Balogh story, which is the only one I read. She is truly the master of the slow reveal. She doles out the backstory in little dollops at just the right pace. This was really a beautifully done short story. The Welsh setting and local color (who knew that the daffodil was a national symbol or that carving a spoon was a declaration of love?) made it even richer. The characters showed believable growth and really seemed like they deserved their HEA. And all ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Ilze rated it really liked it
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I only read Mary Balogh's story initially, over a year ago, and it was quite lovely. Read Patricia Oliver's story today and it is delightful - also 4 stars.

I'll have to get hold of more of Patricia Oliver's books - I know that several Regency romance lovers think very highly of the ones she wrote between 1992 and 2000 (also under the pseudonym Olivia Fontayne).
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Although anthologies tend to be uneven due to the shorter length and various authors, some good and some not so, this anthology is better than average.

The Forbidden Daffodils - Balogh - starts the book off with a tale of a young woman who ran away Greta Green with a fortune-hunter and was caught and returned to her family by a suitor; not her father, nor her two brothers. This ruins her an unequivocally as running away with the first man had ruined her. She refused to marry the man - a suitor sh
Mar 24, 2015 suzi rated it liked it
For aMary Balogh story: Near perfect hero for me. I love constancy in my heroes. And I like the all the effort but not so good results in terms of love gifts. I also liked that the heroine is not as shallow as I initially believed her to be. And I love the spinster aunts!
I cannot recommend this book. I forced myself through three of the five stories and stopped partway through the fourth, so maybe the fifth was good - but I just didn't care for the rest. The characters were uniform in their stupidity and stubbornness.
Only read the Balogh - but it was really well done. Interesting conflict, out of the way setting, down-to-Earth characters - well, as down-to-Earth as genre romance gets, anyway.
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and ...more
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