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Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
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May 21, 2012

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Read from May 20 to 21, 2012

A 3 and a 1/2 star . Liked it but i guess there was a little too much of a romance in it At-least for me and lacked a solid background story-line that could make your brain cell work a little faster. What got me through this was the bond of girls and yes the Vows. The business and Parker's coordination skills . Every-time there's a event I thought there you go they won't be able to put it on but they did each and every time . They manage all crises and make the day special for their clients .And I guess it was the flowers that helped a lot I mean How can one not droll over those Awesome flowers ...

Anyways story for you guys ..

"The notion of romance is sweeter than romance itself for Vows florist, Emmaline Grant. A notion that is too sweet, unblemished and on the far end of the reality spectrum. Of all the ladies of Vows, she places the most faith in finding the sort of romance that most people only dream about dreaming about. Substantiating her belief is her own parent's love story, both picture-perfect and lasting, coupled with her work in the wedding business where she engineers the perfect day for couples everyday.

Then there is Jack Cooke, the architect and such close friends of Emma and her friends, he is regarded as their brother. Though an attraction exist between Emma and Jack, as honorary brother, it is never acknowledged and acted on. That is until a series of events changes that. When run-ins lead to conversations, which turn into concrete plans, before they realize it, Emma and Jack are on the brink of a whirl-wind romance.

As the undercurrents of their as a friend with a potential for more love surface and their relationship begin to blossom, so do their characters. The formula for romance that has been tried, tested and stays true. Emma is the romance-struck girl meet Jack, the commitment-phobia, steer clear of romance type of man. As Emma and Jack discover new things about each other, they also find a middle ground in how they define, express, and solidify their relationship.

No love is truer than one that has been tested. The thorn in their relationship is communication. There are a lot of needs, wants, and idealizations projected by Emma onto Jack, who is both clueless and consciously wary stemming from experience with his parents' less than perfect marriage. Where Emma is clear on what she wants and very in the moment of showing on she feels, Jack is more cautious and reflective on these things.

Though formulaic, love and romance is still sweet and sweeter when it is shared with families and friends. Through it all they are there for Emma just like her work plays a dominant role in her life. Emma's work and life of florist is mentioned in abundance that can at times overwhelm and take away from the story.


Of course, no cliche would remain true without the perfect ending, the too-soon marriage proposal complete with a dance in the moonlight. It may be true that a woman can never get enough of romance but this story is cutting it close. Then again where love is concerned, we can forgive a lack of originality (perhaps, that is where all those flowers descriptions attempt to cover), and preditability and just savour in the feel good moment that is love" borrowed from a friends review

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Nora Roberts
“Broken hearts healed. Maybe the cracks were always there, like thin scars, but they healed. People lived and worked, laughed and ate, walked and talked with those cracks

For many, even the scars healed and they loved again.”
Nora Roberts, Bed of Roses

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