Love in Bloom

Sheila Roberts

St. Martin's Griffin

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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 contractor starts coming into her shop, but Hope knows he’d rather have a whole woman than someone like her.

         When Hope stakes a plot of ground at Heart Lake’s community garden, she finds that a woman can grow all sorts of things there: flowers, herbs, vegetables and even friendship.  As she gets to know the two women who share neighboring plots, they discover that they can learn a lot from each other—not just about gardening, but about life.  And Hope realizes that in order to live life to the fullest, sometimes you have to take a chance on love.

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            “I need flowers, dead ones. Have you got any that are starting to wilt?”

            “Excuse me?” Hope Walker stared at the scowling woman standing in front of her. She looked like she could scorch a pansy at twenty paces. This was a new one for Changing Seasons Floral. Was this some sort of April Fools Day joke? Had she just been punked?

            “I want to send

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"A sweet tale of unexpected friendships blossoming in a community garden, this well-written story will have readers sympathizing with the characters' plights -- and itching to get their fingers digging in the dirt!"
--RT Book Reviews
 
"Gardening, girl talk, and a gorgeous guy underpin this tale of what constitutes beauty and one’s true self."
--Library Journal
 
"A congenial cast of subsidiary characters ... meet Hope at a community garden plot and share their stories there. Roberts effectively knits these troubled but kindly characters together in a story line that throws the reader a few unexpected twists."
--The Seattle Times
 
"Love in Bloom is a wonderful story with characters so real and defined I feel like I am personally acquainted with them. ... There is humor and emotion in large quantities in this fantastic book that is next to impossible to put down. Kudos and a large bouquet of flowers to Sheila Roberts for giving us one of the best books of the year."
--Fresh Fiction
 
"A great read."
--BookLoons

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Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts is the author of On Strike for Christmas, Small Change, The Snow Globe, Bikini Season, and other bestselling books. Before settling into her writing life, Roberts did lots of other things, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Now, when she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences, she can be found writing about the things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate. She lives on a lake in Washington.

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Love in Bloom
Sheila Roberts

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312384814
ISBN10: 0312384815
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$19.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
March 2014
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9781250046475
ISBN10: 1250046475
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 352 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429962049
ISBN10: 1429962046
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$7.99
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