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Hope Walker survived early breast cancer at just thirty-years-old, but a mastectomy left her with a lot of scarring—and some serious fears about dating. Hope owns Changing Seasons, Heart Lake’s most popular flower shop. When it comes to love and relationships, she’s able to work magic through her expert flower arranging…for everyone but herself. Then one day a handsome co...more
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Published March 31st 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Ronna
I got this book free from the author. This is my honest review.

We've all heard the phrase "Bloom where you live.", but Sheila Roberts enriches this with her lovely book, LOVE IN BLOOM. Her characters have to learn to "Live where they bloom." Seemingly a subtle difference, but a very important lesson to learn about life. She beautifully builds this story with Hope's flower shop and the different meanings each flower conveys, as each character learns to experience life and love at it's best and fu...more
Nell
Apr 11, 2010 Nell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: inspire and uplift
This is a lovely book. The story is engaging and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish it. Has more substance and unexpected developments than a traditional romance. The focus is on the relationships between three women, who meet at a neighborhood garden. They befriend each other despite being different ages and at different stages of life. Each one's story is told through their relationships with family and love interests. The main character, Hope, has recovered physically fr...more
Melinda
This was definately a "couldn't put down" read.. I breezed straight through without any lunch or dinner excited to see what happens. Love in Bloom makes me want to dive right in to the small town of Heart Lake and put down some roots there. The women in this book are so real, they are dealing with so real problems and leaning on each for support. It makes me think how lucky I am to have good girlfriends in my life. Sheila has a way of making these little towns right in your back yard, and bringi...more
Carole
Hope Walker is a flower shop owner, who has left the idea of happiness long behind her; and spends her time perfecting others lives' through her floral arrangements. Along the way she meets a few women whom deeply impact the way she looks at her life, and the love it is lacking.
A fun, easy read. Definitely a spring time pick-me-up!
Stephanie
Even though I thought that this book stunk in the beginning, it turned out to be an okay book. I even cried toward the end. I still think that the couple that ended up together, didn't really seem to connect at all during the story. I might recommend this book if you need a light beach read with a 1 on the hotness scale.
Alissa
Apr 13, 2009 Alissa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Debbie Macomber
I enjoyed this sweet tale, it was rather perfect to read over Easter weekend since that is when the story begins.

This had engaging characters, and a surprise at the end, which had me in tears.

Realistic and romantic all at the same time.

I also enjoyed the flower/gardening tips at the beginning of each section.
Heather
Aug 12, 2009 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Chick Lit
Recommended to Heather by: Goodreads, First Reads Giveaway
Shelves: first-reads
This was a fun, light read, a "feel good" story, which was exactly what I was looking for after the last book I read.

Hope, Bobbi, Millie and Amber all became my friends over the course of the book. It made me laugh and cry, sometimes all within one chapter.

What a great summer read!
Crystal
This was recommended to me by a friend. I started reading it online, and finished in book form.
It was enjoyable, even though it was predictable. A nice read for the beach, or a rainy day.

I will be recommending it.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
fast read that's for sure! the lives of several members of a smaller town intertwine and they draw from each other the strength, wisdom and guidance they need at different times in their life.

definitely a must read!
Donna
I really enjoyed this book! Thank you Krista!
Laura
Sheila Roberts reminds me a lot of Debbie Macomber. Like Macomber's books, this one is set in Washington near Seattle. She also allows you to really get to know the characters and empathize with them.
This book follows three women who are linked through gardening patches at the local park. Millie is a seventy-seven-year-old grandmother who is helping out her newly divorced daughter with her household and two children. Amber is a young mother with an out-of-work husband and a flailing marriage. Ho...more
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Love in Bloom
Written by: Sheila Roberts
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Date: 2009
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0312384814

Love in Bloom is a really inspirational story that combines gardening and a group of well-intentioned people. When I accepted a review copy of this book I didn’t know how the author planned to deal with some of these heavy issues in an engaging way. Hope Walker owns and operates her own flower shop in Heart Lake. She has a big heart and wants to make her community mor...more
Heather Murphy
Sep 23, 2010 Heather Murphy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you like love stories & good friends
Recommended to Heather by: Beer-bellied Gerage Sale Man
I loved the correlation throughout this book between growing a garden and growing relationships. I picked it up at a garage sale a few weeks ago. Lately the desire to read hasn’t overpowered my sense of duty to my children and husband so I haven’t read much. I have been wishing that I would have some material that would inspire me, entertain me, and get me to take a few minutes to myself, but even though I’m sure they’re out there, not material has been speaking to me.

However, I had the flu on...more
Lisa
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Krista
Apr 26, 2009 Krista rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a romance or book about women's friendships
Recommended to Krista by: Goodreads Giveaway
Thanks Goodreads for the chance to win this giveaway book. I really enjoyed reading it.

Love in Bloom is the story of Hope, the creative owner of a floral shop in a picturesque small town in Washington. She is a breast cancer survivor who has a dim outlook on finding love in her future. This view is especially brought to light when a "hunk" contractor walks into her shop and orders flowers and she feels the earth move under her feet.

She has a knockout sister named Bobbi who reminds me of Cameron...more
Jane
Hope Walker survived early breast cancer at just thirty-years-old, but a mastectomy left her with a lot of scarring—and some serious fears about dating. Hope owns Changing Seasons, Heart Lake’s most popular flower shop. When it comes to love and relationships, she’s able to work magic through her expert flower arranging…for everyone but herself. Then one day a handsome contractor starts coming into her shop, but Hope knows he’d rather have a whole woman than someone like her. When Hope stakes a...more
Shannon
It is a sweet story filled with all types of love, friendship, and hope. A great read. Although I really liked it, there was just something about it that I did not fully connect with. But is is worth a read. it is a little bit more a friendship than a romance book. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It is still good.
Leya
I'm a sucker for a friendship themed story, and throw in a cancer survivor and I'm a watering pot. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a light, conforting read that uplifted my mood.

The women come together in a community garden. And while they're tending their gardens they develop a deep friendship. And that friendship helped and gave insight to their personal issues: an overworked daughter whose is loosing contact with her children, an out of work husband that doesn't believe in himself...more
Kara
I'm going to decline to rate this book. Because I didn't like it, and I expect I'm not the target audience for this book. I think it might be an inspirational romance novel, but I'm not 100% sure. The religion/god thing doesn't really kick in until page 135, but it gets poured on really heavy from that page on. It's a really not complex novel about three different women. Holly, the single cancer survivor, Amber the stressed out working mom, and Mellie (Mollie?) the older woman who counsels the b...more
Julie
Thanks to Goodreads for the opportunity to read a good summer book.
I enjoyed the friendships that were created and the gardening tips were an added bonus. I like to read books that leave me feeling happy and like I have made a new friend with the characters that are in the story. I could see myself becoming friends with all of the people in this story, women and men alike. What a great concept to have a community garden for those who don't have the space to create one of their own. This story i...more
Neil
I received a couple of Readers Digest books from a well-meaning neighbour, and this story was included. I felt duty-bound to give some of them a shot, and this is one which really connected with me.
I don't normally read this kind of thing. I usually need magic or science to play a prominent role. Here the prominent roles are played by flowers, and regular people. Still, there was something about Hope in the opening scene that really intrigued me and drew my attention. The other characters are gr...more
Karen
St. Martins Press sent me a complimentary copy of Love in Bloom. I started reading on my return from a day at the Flower and Garden show at Epcot in Orlando ... A perfect book to compliment the wonderful display of flowers I had just seen. The characters were portrayed as real people making the same mistakes we all make. I loved all three of the gardening ladies ... Millie's life and love attitudes represent the way we would all wish to live.

A perfect story for a Spring day ... a summer vacation...more
Angel
Uh, honestly found it a little lame. Made me wish I lived in a little town and owned a flower shop, though...
Karen
it was so so the hero was pretty shallow and oblivious to most of the clues in the book
Beadness
Jun 16, 2009 Beadness rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every woman I know
Recommended to Beadness by: I found it searching through GoodReads
Thanks to GoodReads for sending me this book. It's a fun, easy read with engaging characters. I didn't want to put it down and though it had me in tears at the end, I was also filled with love, hope and optimism. It left me wanting more from the author. Don't we all wish we had Millie in our lives to offer the wisdom of her experience not only with our gardens but also with the turmoil of our lives. It made me want to build new friendships, seek out a new relationship, continue to learn about ga...more
Tamara
I liked this book. I enjoyed the friendships between Millie, Hope, and Amber. They helped each other through the bumps in life although none of them were all that bad off at this stage in their lives. I wasn't that impressed with the romance between Hope and Jason. He thinks he is head over heels for her sister, gets dumped by the sister, then in a blink he wants Hope all along. No, that doesn't cut it for me. Although, maybe I am more upset that Hope gave in so easily to him after his sudden ch...more
Suzanne
This was my first book to get from first-reads. I was so excited to get it and read it. I enjoyed this book with its gardening, flowers, friendships and love theme. I especially liked the community garden where not only is gardening taking place, but also frindships are blossoming. I wish that there was a place like that in the area where I live. It is a great story of three different woman's challenges with their relationships. I would recommend this book for a summer read, there are several pl...more
Aida C.
I love this book! Who knew that a garden would bring three women so close and it turned out to be the best thing that happened to them. Friendships bloomed and that's all it took. There's loads more but you need to read this book! I learned alot from this book. I learned that you never give up and sometimes when the ones yo love are feeling down that's when we step in and help build them up again. Trust me it opened my eyes in many ways! It makes sense. Check this book out soon I love this book...more
Marilu
This is the first book I have read by this author. I picked it up because the cover was so pretty, and I needed a book with flowers on the cover to fit into a challenge.
I really liked most of the characters.
I really loved Millie. She was such a kind, caring, helpful woman. I enjoyed the development of the friendships between Hope, Amber and Millie. Hope's sister,was a bit of a flake in my opinion, and I was not a big fan of Debra either.

I will definitely be reading some more of this author!
Karen
Aug 07, 2009 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: Karen
This book is a complimentary book that my friend Karen got from Goodreads and passed on to me. (Thanks Karen and thanks Goodreads!) I never noticed that you could sign up for free books so will check into it when I get some time. I enjoyed the book...it is definitely chick-lit but I liked being able to just read and enjoy the characters. Fun read with a simple reminder that we need to live our lives to the fullest each moment.
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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. Her books have been best-sellers, Amazon top ten romance picks, and her popular holiday novel, "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime channel. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s...more
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