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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book Review - Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook

You know summer has arrived when Claire Cook has a new book out!  And boy, does she have a dandy one with "Wallflower In Bloom!"

About The Book:

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty new novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”

Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound.

Then Deirdre’s sometime boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows in Tag’s expensive vodka, Deirdre decides to use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute Dancing with the Stars replacement. It’ll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre’s fifteen minutes of fame have begun.

Irresistible and offbeat, Wallflower in Bloom is an original and deeply satisfying story of having the courage to take a leap into the spotlight, no matter where you land.

This book absolutely tickled me to death!  I loved Deirdre, the sassy, full-figured, full of life heroine of this lively tale!  I loved that Claire Cook managed to incorporate some of my favorite things - Facebook, Dancing With The Stars, food, and lots of humor into this adorable story. And I loved that there is a happy-ever-after ending for all involved!  And I love that part of the action takes place in Austin, Texas at the beautiful Lake Austin Spa Resort - a destination I am determined to go see sometime in the near future!

I even kinda loved the Choco-vine (chocolate flavored wine) that Deirdre seemed to enjoy!

And the chiasmus that are sprinkled throughout the story are just a hoot!  What is a chiasmus?  It's a saying that can be the same front and back.  For instance - Mae West used to say "It's not the men in my life, it's the life in my men."  Get it? 

You couldn't ask for a better summer-time read than "Wallflower In Bloom!"

About The Author: (in her own words! from www.clairecook.com)

I have nine books, one husband, two kids, one dog, and seven brothers and sisters. I'm the bestselling author of the novels, Wallflower in Bloom, Best Staged Plans, Seven Year Switch, The Wildwater Walking Club, Summer Blowout, Life's a Beach, Multiple Choice, Ready to Fall, and Must Love Dogs, which became a Warner Bros. movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack.

After decades of procrastination, I wrote my first novel in my minivan outside my daughter's swim practice at five in the morning. It was published when I was 45, and at 50 I walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel. Midlife rocks! I love telling my story, because I think so many women (and a few good men!) have buried dreams like mine. My advice: dust them off and go for it!

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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