Author: Amy Rivers
Publisher: Wooden Pants Publishing
Date of publication: August 2016
Val Shakely is a list-maker. Daily routine. Check. Calm, quiet (but successful) business. Check. No drama. No excitement. Some might call it boring, but it’s precisely the way Val likes it. She loves her hometown of Cambria, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and runs a fruitful PR firm. And that’s more than enough for Val. So what if she doesn’t have a social life?
Then, her cousin Gwen decides to take on the local political bully, the Mayor, in head-to-head combat for the Mayoral seat and Val takes her company reluctantly, and against her better judgment, into the fray. The minute Val takes on Gwen’s campaign, the safe world that she has carefully constructed begins to unravel. She feels the pressure of the campaign and the personal attacks by Gwen’s opponent.
And as if that wasn’t complicated enough, Val finds herself falling in love. Val’s desire to stay on the sidelines is put to the test and she’s forced to reexamine the life she’s built as she trudges toward a new and more exciting future.
Wallflower Blookming is a cute little romance. I enjoyed it for the most part. Val is a no-nonsense workaholic who owns her own PR firm. She usually stays away from politics, but when her cousin begs her to help her with her mayoral run, she reluctantly agrees. At the first party, she meets the reclusive John. It's spakrs at first site for both of them.
As I said, I liked it enough. It was short and sweet and kept me entertained. The romance between Val and John felt a little old fashioned at times, but that made it that much cuter. That was my favorite part of the book. As for the rest of the story, I did find it a bit predictible and the writing felt little awkward at times. The reveal in the end was a surprise, and I wish I had seen more of that relationship develop. The conflict with the mayor never really felt threatening enough for me. That part of the book could have been fleshed out a lot more if the book had been longer.
This the debut novel by this author. I can see a lot of potential here and I do look forward to seeing how her writing develops in the future.
About Amy Rivers
Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment and, perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master’s degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics. She was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. Wallflower Blooming is her first novel.
Amy Rivers’ TLC Book Tours Tour Stops
Monday, November 21st: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, November 22nd: Books and Bindings
Wednesday, November 23rd: From the TBR Pile
Friday, November 25th: Run Wright
Monday, November 28th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Wednesday, November 3oth: K. L. Romo – Goodreads
Thursday, December 1st: Tina Says…
Friday, December 2nd: Sue Roberts – Goodreads
Monday, December 5th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, December 6th: Jen Cannon – Goodreads
Friday, December 9th: View from the Birdhouse
Friday, December 9th: Not in Jersey
Monday, December 12th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, December 12th: Stranded in Chaos
Tuesday, December 15th: Deborah Blanchard – Goodreads
Wednesday, December 14th: Why Girls Are Weird
Friday, December 16th: Reading is My Superpower
Monday, December 19th: Mom in Love with Fiction