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The much anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel, Elly in Bloom, is finally here!Curvy wedding florist Elly Jordan has had quite a year. First, she had to design her ex-husband’s wedding to the mistress who split them up, and then she broke up with the hottest musician this side of St. Louis. Three months have passed since then, and now Elly is primed for what promisesThe much anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel, Elly in Bloom, is finally here!Curvy wedding florist Elly Jordan has had quite a year. First, she had to design her ex-husband’s wedding to the mistress who split them up, and then she broke up with the hottest musician this side of St. Louis. Three months have passed since then, and now Elly is primed for what promises to be the best wedding season of her life.Helped by her loyal friends, Elly is on the verge of opening a chic flower boutique uptown when BlissBride, a popular wedding reality show, asks her to design the wedding of a famous—make that infamous--celebrity. Elly is about to get everything she’s ever wanted, when a stranger shows up at her store with a request that changes every aspect of her life--including her budding relationship with deli owner Keith. As she struggles to stay calm in the midst of growing chaos, Elly will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice. Filled with the heart, humor, and horticulture that made Elly in Bloom a bestseller, Elly in Love welcomes readers back to Elly’s big, beautiful, and messy life....

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Number of Pages : 285 Pages
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Elly In Love Reviews

  • Maureen
    2018-10-13 20:19

    After reading Elly in Bloom a little over a year ago, I have been anxiously awaiting the second installment into Elly's life. I absolutly adore Elly- and all the characters in her life. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a fun, witty, romantic escape from life. While reading, I often found myself smiling and giggling out loud. Congrats to Colleen on another successful book!

  • Karen Germain
    2018-10-13 18:15

    Elly Jordan's has a lot of things going right in her life. She has recently started dating an amazing man, she has just found out that she has a younger brother and she has been selected to be the florist for a celebrity wedding on a reality show, which will give her business a huge amount of exposure. Naturally, when things seem to be going right, everything starts to fall apart. I experienced a book first with Colleen Oakes' novel, Elly in Love. I read the second book in the series, without having read the first. Actually, I had no idea that this book was part of a series, until I hit the end and found out that the next adventure for Elly was coming soon. I'm really particular about reading things in order, however, this being an accident, I can honestly say that it didn't matter that I hadn't read the first Elly book, Elly in Bloom. Elly in Love stands on its own. There is a lot to like about this romantic comedy. Elly is an every-woman type of character, much like the appeal of Bridget Jones. She's a bit goofy and clueless, but she has a good heart and it's easy to root for her. I liked that she was a little star-struck with being chosen to participate in a reality show and then even a little more in awe when the celebrity turns out to be a Lindsay Lohan type of train wreck. The story went directions that I wasn't quite anticipating and had good resolutions. I was entertained. I can easily see this story being turned into a Hallmark Channel movie. It's sweet and endearing.There were a few things that didn't work for me. Occasionally, Ellie was very cutting in her dialogue and it felt out of character. I get that she isn't perfect, but she had moments where she was mean and I didn't like it. I didn't quite get the character of Keith, her boyfriend, until the very last chapter. I didn't understand why she liked him so much, I didn't see it in the story. There was one style choice that Oakes used that could have worked, but fell flat. All of the characters had names, except for a teenage assistant in the flower shop, who was referred to as "Snarky Teenager." This character and her relationship to Elly undergo a major transformation and I felt that by the end of the story, we deserved to have her real name. She was a rounded character and she needed a name. The device of "Snarky Teenager" may have worked at the start of the story, but it overstayed its welcome.Would I read the other Elly novels? Maybe. Oakes is a solid writer and I really liked that character of Elly. I might buy the other stories for a vacation read or a chick-lit pick-me-up. I enjoyed this book, but not enough to immediately rush out and read more Elly stories. I would recommend it for someone in search of a sentimental, romantic comedy. Like my review? Check out my blog!

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2018-11-08 19:23

    Elly In Love, Colleen OakesReview from jeannie zelos book reviewsI hadn't read book one, but it seemed like each part was complete so that I could still enjoy this one. That was right, it's easy to pick up and follow along the story arc. Elly was great, human, flawed, trusting and prone to self critisism – much like many of us :-) I could identify with her straight away, and then I met Snarky Teenager. Oh how well she was portrayed, mums of daughters, sisters, friends with nieces etc will be nodding their heads at ST's actions. I loved her, she made a terrific foil, that quiet, sharp wit, talent and yet underlying teen insecurity crossed with teen overconfidence. They lurch from one to the other constantly! Elly's friends – great bunch, Keith – wow what a man.....and then Dennis, and once again mums, friends, family who've had one of these will recognise so much in him. I've has both – an ST and two Dennises...thankfully long past that stage but some bits were so so familiar!So, poor Elly, just when she's picked up the pieces of her life, embryonic relationship with Keith going well ( he is such a romantic!), business finally in the black, home life seems to have settled and then.... everything seems to be lurching once again, problems with family life by way of Dennis, problems with business by way of The Celebrity Wedding, and problems with Keith – oh that part was heartbreaking but faced with that scenario I'd hope I'd do the same thing. She's been caught out once, doesn't need it again. I just couldn't understand what Keith was doing – he loved her that was clear so why???So, its a humorous romp through Elly's life, wrapped up with drama, pathos, emotion, and lots of tears... I so, so wanted everythng to come through for her, she deserved it to be right,she was loyal, loving, hardworking, so why on earth did eveything keep going wrong for her. It's a fun read, packed with action, people who feel very real, and I'm looking forward to the next book and where her journey takes her. Of course as a gardener and flower lover the descriptions of those has me fantastising about them...wondeful mental images. It's part of a series but could be read as a stand alone as its a complete tale. Stars: Four, great fun. ARC supplied via Netgalley.

  • WTF Are You Reading?
    2018-10-21 15:17

    Colleen Oaks' second offering in the Elly In Bloom series, is a whimsical trip through the wild blossoms of love, life, family, and and drama; tied with a quirky bow and possessed of the unique charm that is signature Elly Jordan.After carefully averting disasters on both the home and floral fronts, in Elly In Bloom. The fact that her life and love has taken a significant upswing this time around, is enough to have Elly, and the readers who love her breathing a collectictive sigh of relief. Readers better heave those sighs quickly!Our beloved and beleaguered heroine soon finds herself at the center of so many of life's storms, that it is a wonder that a tropical depression hasn't been named in her honor.With Elly providing a stalwart and immutable touchstone, Elly In Bloom is a story driven by an eclecticly colorful cast of supporting players, and unexpected, often comedic plot twists.The set-up versus resolution ratio of this read is a rather imbalanced 60/40; the lion's share causing a marked lag in the plot at around 35% (Kindle approximation)With nary a sex scene to be had. The romantic action is limited to relatively tame episodes of kissing and dinners between Elly and her leading man.Given that that the tried and true romantic go to's of sex and and steamy love scenes are a no go for this tale; this title lends itself more to the genre of Women's Fiction, rather than that of Romance.Authoress Colleen Oaks relies more so on situational drama and "it could happen to you" plot scenarios to appeal to her audiences.There is also a quite beautiful "happily ever after bow" at book's end.Elly In Bloom is a very sweet, clean, feel good read. Just right for the beach, or any book lover looking to stop and smell the literary roses.Reviewer's NoteThis book may be enjoyed as a stand alone or as part of its intended series.*I received the title Elly In Love, in exchange for the honest review above. All opinions are solely my own.

  • Cocktails and Books
    2018-10-16 19:12

    ELLY IN LOVE is a sweet, clean romance about Ellie Jordan the owner of Posies Florist. Elly’s a voluptuous woman who lacks self esteem and is still recovering from her cheating ex-husband. Currently Elly is dating Keith the owner of a deli located a few doors down from her flower shop. Keith is sweet, kind and thoughtful, which is something Elly deserves and has never had in a relationship. Even though Keith is a good guy, Elly’s afraid to trust him completely because she feels he is hiding something. Elly’s life is in an uproar because Posies Florist has an opportunity to be selected for a reality show called BlissBride. If her shop is chosen, Elly will supply the flowers for a major Hollywood celebrity’s wedding and it will be filmed on national TV, which would be great exposure for her florist shop. Along with everything else happening, there’s also a mysterious teenage boy who keeps popping up into Elly’s life. This is a sequel to ELLY IN BLOOM, but it’s a stand-alone and you don’t need to read the first book to understand the story. I admired Elly she’s resilient and never lets anything get her down. Elly has a lot going on in her life, but through all the ups and downs, she still manages to make the right decisions and stay optimistic. Elly is cautious with Keith, she’s afraid to give her heart and take the chance of being hurt again and that’s understandable, because she’s has had a few hard knocks in life. One thing that bothered me while reading this book was Elly’s assistant, who plays a large part in the story, is only referred to as snarky teenager. I still don’t know her name and honestly, I’m not sure what point the author was trying to make, but after a while, it was annoying. I enjoyed reading this entertaining story by Colleen Oakes and I thought the characters were down to earth and easy to relate to. Reviewed by Karen for Cocktails and Books

  • Jenna
    2018-10-30 18:13

    Elly in Love, quite simply, is everything a wonderful book should be. It has all the elements that a wonderful book needs: love, humor, family, and flowers. Even without knowing all the flowers arranged throughout this novel, I could still appreciate the lush beauty of each description. I found myself wishing again and again for an illustrated edition - or a quality, comprehensive encyclopedia of flowers with plenty of gorgeous, full color photos.Elly in Love is the sequel to author Colleen Oakes' Elly in Bloom. It's a middle book - the second in a planned Elly Jordan trilogy - and my favorite middle book to date. (I generally don't like middle books in trilogies!) But there is just something mesmerizing about Elly and the way Colleen Oakes write about her heroine.Elly Jordan is far from perfect - but that's what makes her so real and such a great role model. She's relateable. Readers can picture themselves in her shoes. Elly gets herself into some interesting and embarrassing situations. But what I love so much about her, is that she pulls herself up every time. She doesn't rely on others to solve her troubles for her, but she knows how to ask for an accept help when it is needed or offered. She's real and realistically imperfect; you can't help rooting for her and loving her.Perhaps something that I really like the most about Elly in Bloom and Elly in Love is all the flowers. If I could attempt a profession other than mine, it would be a florist. I love the bounty and beauty of flowers - their exotic scents and blooms, their wild hearts, the myriad emotions they evoke. Colleen Oakes brings that all to bold, bright, beautiful life.

  • Jencey/
    2018-11-11 12:09

    I feel absolutely blessed to share the second part of Elly’s journey. Thank you to Colleen Oakes and BookSparks PR for the chance to share this next novel. I have read the first novel which is Elly in Bloom. I love weddings and flowers so I absolutely wanted to go back for more!Synopsis:Elly is very happy but is she in love with Keith? Elly is a busy Florist with weddings planned throughout the season. Keith owns the deli down the street. Life could not be better! All of the sudden a teenager shows up on Elly’s doorstep claiming to be family. Elly starts to wonder if she can really trust Keith. Will Elly be able to adjust? Then there is her business Posies is doing well but then the opportunity of the lifetime comes up to be part of the reality television show Bliss Brides. Elly cannot say no and the chance to work with a celebrity bride. Then snarky teenager is also pushing for a second store. Will Elly give in? How will she adjust to new family? My Thoughts: I couldn’t wait to have the chance to share the second part of the Elly’s story! For all the reasons I mentioned above. I enjoyed this novel! I of course loved the setting of St. Louis. It is still very much home to me! I wondered what the author would have enstore for the plot in Elly’s story. I was not disappointed. At one point I didn’t want to read further because I didn’t agree with Elly’s choice. The author created great conflict. I was very satisfied with the results. I am interested in the characters of Elly in Love. I have one request of the author. Could we please have a name for Snarky Teenager? She has grown so much over both novels it definitely warrants a name.

  • Charlotte Lynn
    2018-10-22 16:31

    I enjoyed everything about Elly in Love. The setting was great. I could picture the flower shop with Elly’s apartment above it. The smell of flowers with the great window displays done by Snarky Teenager (never had a real name.) The characters were absolutely amazing. I loved how close Elly was with her friends and how supportive her co-workers were of her. I even loved Snarky Teenager, easily relating to her attitude and needs for praise, since I have a teenager with the same attitude. Elly’s other co-workers were equally entertaining and great secondary characters. They kept me smiling and sometimes giggling at their silly antics added so much to the story. Keith was another favorite. He was understanding and loving towards Elly from the very beginning. I was worried when he would not take her to his house, but when he told her the reasoning I was a little more understanding of it. Dennis, Elly’s brother, was another story for me. I understood that he was all alone after his father had died, but what a lazy excuse for a brother. I was frustrated with Elly for putting up with him for so long before she started to put down her foot and try to hold him accountable for his life. The pity me story got old to me very fast. Colleen Oakes is an author I have read in the past and will continue to read in the near future. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a light and easy read.

  • Marlene
    2018-10-25 20:22

    Posies Florist is Elly’s pride and joy. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to ensure the success of her business. Including designing the flowers for her ex-husband’s wedding to the mistress that broke them up! But that’s behind her now and so is the crazy year that she’s had. Things are finally looking up for Elly Jordan. She has a new boyfriend, Keith, who adores her and she just found out that she was chosen to be on BlissBride, a reality show where she gets to design the wedding for a celebrity. She’s even hoping that, with the added attention her store will be getting from being on the show, that she’ll be able to open a second store in downtown Clayton. But when a strange, young man shows up at her store, Elly’s world gets turned upside down. He comes bearing information that will change her life forever. What I love the most about this book is Elly’s character. She just seems so real and relatable. She’s not stick thin, hasn’t had the perfect life, but she tries to make the best of what she’s got. I enjoyed how endearing the book was with the perfect amount of humor mixed in. Although it’s the second book in the series, with Elly In Bloom being the first, it can be read as a stand-alone. I would definitely recommend this book. It would make for the perfect summer read!

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2018-10-30 20:31

    Elly thinks her life has been turned upside down after she has to do flowers for her ex-husband's wedding. When "Elly in Love" opens, she can't imagine that her life could get any more chaotic or strange. Life has a very different idea. This is the second book in Elly's story but this one can definitely be read as a standalone book with no problem. I actually have not read the first book but I enjoyed this one so much that I really want to go back and read the first book. Elly has a lot going on in this book. She is falling in love with Keith, the mysterious deli owner who is hiding a big secret. She has a brother that she never knew about who comes into her life in a very intrusive way. Oh, and one of the biggest Hollywood ladies comes to have her wedding in St. Louis and it's up to Elly to make sure the flowers are perfect. This book could have gotten tangled very easily but Oakes was able to make the book exciting with so much going on without making the book overwhelming. I loved the characters, especially Elly. Even though she has already been through a lot, she seems to have her game face on for facing everything that she takes on in this book. She is strong and resilient and only seems to lose herself to everything going on at first before she picks herself up and dusts herself off. This was a really fun book and would be a perfect summer pick!

  • Andrea
    2018-10-30 15:09

    3.5 out of 5 ratingI enjoyed being able to read this sequel right after the first book. I was looking forward to seeing how Elly and Keith's relationship played out. I really like them together. Keith is so good for her, and to her. And as for his big secret, I definitely didn't guess it!As for the stranger that shows up. I didn't like him at all. I think we were supposed to feel empathy for him, but there was nothing likable about him. He was just lazy and I was surprised that Elly put up with it.I liked reading about BlissBride and the famous celebrity. I DID have empathy for her. She was likable, even with all of her faults.One of my bigger pet peeves of the first book was that it mentioned over and over again how overweight Elly was. I think the author did a better job of not overdoing it this time. And I'm glad that in just like every good chick lit, there's a happily ever after.

  • Samantha March
    2018-10-27 13:28

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I have been looking forward to the sequel of Elly in Bloom for some time now, so I was super excited to get this on my Kindle. Once again, the writing and descriptions are vivid and crisp, easily drawing readers into the story. There was a fun element of the celebrity wedding that Elly is the florist for, but it’s the romance that gets featured heavily. There’s also another dimension added with the mysterious stranger that shows up at Elly’s door, which added another layer to the novel. A book I really enjoyed, I hope you can read both Elly in Bloom and Elly in Love – or just look at their beautiful covers!

  • Jillianns
    2018-11-02 19:04

    The second book in the Elly series picks up right where it left off. The book is a funny read and very easy to relate to. I love the characters, the situations that Elly finds herself in, and the underlying message to trust in yourself. I couldn't put the book down and I can't wait for the next one.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-12 13:12

    Loved this book - read it in one day! It was so sweet. The only thing that bothered me was the continued weight jokes. I didn't think that they added anything to the story and nothing would have been different if they weren't included.

  • Kellie Read
    2018-10-24 12:03

    I really loved this book... After waiting a year for this one, I can honestly say it was so worth the wait!!! If you are looking for a really good book, I highly recommend this series.. Patiently waiting on book 3!!!!

  • Vivian
    2018-11-06 13:18

    3.5 star readEleanor "Elly" Jordan is a successful small business owner. Last year she had to design the flowers for her ex-husband's wedding to his mistress. She kind of fell in love with her neighbor, an up-and-coming musician only to break things off with him before taking their relationship to the next level. She's learned to love her employees, especially Snarky Teenager, and considers them her extended family. Now she must decide if she can take her business to the next level and open a branch as well as allow Snarky Teenager to manage the new branch store. If that isn't enough to take into consideration, she's realized that she's in love with Keith the deli owner, and she's been contacted by a relative she never knew she had. And just to truly cap things off, she's been given the opportunity to be the florist for a celebrity wedding on a wedding reality show. Last year pales in comparison with all Elly has to deal with this year. Can she deal with the stress of a new family member, allowing her relationship with Keith to grow even though she feels he's keeping secrets from her, trust that Snarky Teenager can be relied upon with the new storefront, and handle the pressure of designing flowers for a reality television show? Only time will tell . . . I'm the type of reader that has to read all of the books in a series before reading the book I need to review. So I spent a glorious Saturday afternoon and evening reading Elly In Bloom then Elly In Love. I found both to be delightful, heart-warming, and fast-paced reads. It may not be necessary to read Elly In Bloom before reading Elly In Love, but it definitely helped with understanding the trials Elly has dealt with over the past few years. First her mother dies, then she catches her husband in flagrante delicto with his mistress in their marital bed, she leaves her hometown and state to wind up in Missouri and opens a floral business. Posies is not just any floral business but one that specializes in weddings. It is a small boutique florist and Elly only has a handful of employees: her best friend and fellow floral designer - Kim, her part-time worker/high-school student - Snarky Teenager (her actual name is never revealed), and her latest hire, Anthony. These four artistic and creative people comprise the Posies workforce and they do a darn good job, small or large. Now that Elly's business has become famous, Posies is the "it" florist for the Missouri elite. Although business is booming, Elly's life is still in upheaval. She loves Keith but knows he's hiding something and she can't let the relationship develop any further until he stops being secretive. Ms. Oakes has done a wonderful job of pulling the reader into Elly's world, or at least she did with this reader. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next with Elly, Keith, and Snarky Teenager. I found the stories to have just the right amount of romance, touches of humor, and angst (teenage and adult) to make it realistic. We're given glimpses into the lives and backgrounds of Kim, Dennis (Elly's half-brother), Keith, and Snarky Teenager. Those glimpses are just enough to make their interactions and behavior realistic and compelling. It was nice to read about someone that has everything going for them and yet they still have doubts and concerns about doing the right thing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Elly in Love and can't wait for the next book in this series, Elly Inspired.

  • Anna Elizabeth
    2018-10-31 19:26

    I've got a bone to pick before I actually get into the review. There are two "trends" I guess I could say, that I have noticed with any kind of chick lit I've read recently. Or ever.1. The man is always loaded. Legitimately, you think for once, she's falling for an average Joe in an average house, average job, average life. Something to give us average people hope. NOPE. SURPRISE! He is A. The CEO of his own company and loaded. B. An heir to a very LARGE fortune. C. A combination of the two. Oh yeah, and they're never just kind of well off. They're like, "I have millions in the bank" kind of loaded.2. Florists. I read 4 books this month where the main female character owned a flower shop. And they all were kind of bah-humbug about the whole love thing because they're in a "romantic business" and love has screwed them over somehow. Seriously, I know 1 florist. Out of all of our friends, family, kids I went to school with, I know 1.This has nothing to do with the above two, but I LOVE TLC "Friday Bride Day." I am a total sucker for all things wedding related. It must have something to do with the rock I get to rock on my left hand. I like how Oaks threw in a fictional TV show that would fit in PERFECTLY with that line up.These two things being said, Elly In Love had both, but in a good way.Elly was charming and endearing. She's the underdog you cheered for throughout the entire book. Regardless of what happened, who came into her life or left, she was awesome. I loved how real she was. When she was sad, she ate ice cream and watched TV. When she was uncomfortable in social situations, she just wanted to read a book in her jammies. Story of my life. I enjoyed the breath of fresh air having a more "normal" female lead.Keith was good. An absolute sweet heart. The right kind of cheese ball+tough guy= adorable. The kind of quirky prince charming we all hope for at some point in our lives. I was empathetic to his own little hidden plight in life. He was protective, he was understanding, and he was human.I wish Snarky Teenager had a name. Honestly, she was such a huge part of the story. It got kind of annoying. Give the poor girl a real name. By the end of the book, she's not so much Snarky Teenager anymore.The other supporting characters were great. All of the big characters had dynamic, layers and growth. The book kept pace, and it was a good summer read. It was a great "clean," romantic comedy really. It was refreshing to read a romance that wasn't necessarily a Christian romance, but wasn't like the author threw in a porn scene either. Seeing where life takes Elly, Keith and the rest of the gang would be an absolute delight.

  • DCT
    2018-11-03 14:28

    I originally read Elly in Bloom last year, and remembered thinking that I would love more of this fun loving and charming Elly, not realizing at the time that it would be a series; so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this book was available, and even more thrilled that it is part of the Kindle Unlimited program: it just doesn't get any better!!!! Everything that I loved about Elly in Bloom was back full force with Elly in Love; same loveable characters, soul searching life lessons, madcap adventures, and new family challenges that will strengthen and test Elly's resolve and character. Her entrepreneurial spirit will grow and stretch her beyond her comfort zone, but all the while retaining that laughable charm and endearment that makes her truly special. Another wonderful thing about this story, was the other main character (or characters) the flowers; I love flowers, and have always admired their beauty, so the descriptive, poetic way that the author illustrated Elly's floral designs was truly magnificent and lent so much to the story. I could almost picture the designs in my minds eye, and it was such a nice component to the story. It appears that we will get at least one more addition to this series, and boy am I glad because there are a few questions that we inquiring minds need to know: how will Elly answer Keith? What will happen when BlissBride hits the airwaves? Will instant fame change our sweet Elly? What will happen with Dennis and Snarkey Teenager? Will Cadbury get a little brother or sister? Please hurry Colleen, as I can't wait to see how all this will play out. Thanks for another enjoyable and delightful story!

  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
    2018-10-27 12:10

    Did I enjoy this book: I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed Elly in Bloom.It’s been a while since her ex-husband’s wedding, and Elly is doing well. She and Keith are hitting it off. Her shop is doing great, and she’s thinking about opening another store. She’s about to land the celebrity wedding of the year when her life gets an unexpected visitor. And this is where I’m going to stop. I really don’t want to spoil this book.But I will say this, Elly is growing. She is strong. She still has some fears, but she is happy. She is a great friend, even to those who may not realize they need a friend. Elly in Love is a great summer read. You will laugh, maybe cry, experience some joy and excitement, and feel a bit of fear. This would be a great beach read. My one wish: I wish there were pictures of the flowers and decorations. I guess I have to go stalk Ms. Oakes’s Pinterest page . . . I can’t wait for Elly Inspired.Would I recommend it: Yes, especially if you liked Elly in Bloom.Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.http://everyfreechance.com/2014/07/su...

  • Stacie
    2018-10-22 17:28

    I love Colleen Oakes. I will read anything she writes even if it's just her grocery list. She writes about a bigger girl named Elly. Elly is sassy, at times insecure and most of the time a big old loveable klutz. In other words, I completely relate to her. This was the second in her series and it was so good to catch up with Elly and Keith and Snarky Teenager. Elly is finally on her way to happiness, as long as she can keep out of her own way.This is a non smutty, funny and charming romance novel that I highly recommend. It's easy to read, and most of all, it's just good writing. Can't wait for #3.

  • Terri Miller
    2018-11-13 13:13

    I really enjoyed the second book in this series. Elly is so much fun and a delight to get to know more about her. She struggles with some self esteem, kind of like the rest of us. But the joy she has in her flowers is just delightful. I love the descriptions of all the flowers it makes me see them. The writing is vivid and lively. It is a fun and quick read. It was also very fun to watch my favorite character "snarky teenager" continue to be snarky - we all know at least on of them right? Thank you so much Colleen for a great read and I can't wait for the next installment of Elly's life.

  • Mary
    2018-10-28 20:06

    I received a copy of this book from Goodreads Firstreads. Thank you very much!This story was a delight, writing style was very easy, the pacing of the story flowed right along, so before you know it, you are turning the last page.It is nice to read a book where the main character isn't perfect, but more of a normal down to earth gal, that likes her food. Very refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan on getting the first in the series Elly in Bloom, and any others that may follow.

  • Char (1RadReader59)
    2018-10-31 16:12

    This story has so much going on. It starts off slow but that could have been me coming off a totally different genera then reading this. Let me tell you though once I got sucked in I was all in. Totally lost. The dynamics between all the characters is spell binding. There is so much emotion under all the words being spoken you could cut it with a knife. So, you really need to pay attention to what is not being said also. Which is a lot. The story revolves mainly around Elly Jordon and her business she owns Posies Florist that she started after she moved away from her lying cheating husband she divorced. She has turned the place into a thriving success. Her mom taught her the love of flowers. She has since passed from ovarian cancer. Her best friend Kim is her rock. Kim married during the time her mom passed but then she had Elly’s God-son Hadley so it helped her with her grief. She still missed her mom but needed to move on. She still has Anthony part-time and Snarky-Teenager to help. Snarky was as cranky as ever but a high school teen this year and pushing to be Elly’s store manager. Being a royal pain in the ass about it too. A few stores down is Carcelo’s Deli and Keith the owner it turns out likes full figure women. Which is great, since Elly finds him super handsome, and sexy too. He starts asking her out but she finds him even more guarded than her. He is always taking her out or coming over but every time she mentions going to his place he side steps and says it’s dirty. Then one night she gets an unwelcome guest at the store who ask her to make her an arrangement. She tells him it will be ten dollars he agrees. She does it while he watches her every move, he’s dirty, smelly, but something about his eyes seem familiar. When she is finished he throws down the money and walks out, leaving the flowers behind. Rattling her to the marrow of her bones. When she runs after him to let him know he is too far ahead and she can’t chase him fast enough. Keith sees her running and goes after her and catches up to her sitting at the curb trying to catch her breath. She explains it all and he’s deeply concerned but the discussion is over and they talk about what they should do that night. She says why don’t they go to his place again and he defers. Now the hairs on the back of her neck go up but she doesn’t or can’t even go there yet with Keith, because is so reliable nothing like Aaron, her ex. He’s too kind hearted and honest to ever lie to her or hurt her. See where this tale takes you for there is so much more like a reality TV show and a celebrity bride, so get comfy in your bed, favorite chair, or on the floor by the fire and get reading. You won’t be sorry, at all!I give this book 5 stars. Provided by Net Galley.Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  • Laurie Treacy
    2018-11-05 16:11

    Elly is back and I have missed her! The curly blond florist mending her broken heart with her new boyfriend, Keith, endures some significant changes in the second book in this endearing series. Elly in Love is first and foremost a love story. Readers know what Elly's ex-husband did to her and I still remember that book's touching and humorous ending. And then she met deli store owner extraordinaire, Keith. Oh Keith, what a romantic and he does loves Elly but the girl with the curves needs to learn to trust again. There are changes, surprises, and even more changes in book two. From snarky teenager stepping up to prove herself to Elly (and does she ever!) to Elly learning about the true meaning of the word 'family' to outdoing herself in the creative department as she fights to win a showcase spot on a reality show, Elly in Love is everything I have come to expect and love in this charming and gripping series. Of course, Elly has to endure some whoppers and she does. I loved how she befriended the celebrity actress and pulled her out of the nightclub. I also enjoyed how Elly's co-workers banded together to help out during a crisis. It was nice to see the secondary characters shine and Elly outdid herself during that time (the scene with the light on her as she got lost in her work was awesome).As much as I enjoyed Elly's story, I did expect to see more romance with Keith. I know he had a secret but Elly seemed to keep her distance from him for too much of the book. She spent a lot of time with Dennis and his storyline did sag in parts. As for Snarky Teen, this character also grew but it would be nice for her to get the recognition she now deserves--like giving her a real name.It's always refreshing to read about realistic characters, especially in contemporary romance. Ms. Oakes gives us hot-headed, mistake-making real people with love handles, bald-headed hotties, teens with earned 'tudes and a lovable heroine anyone can root for. I know I read this book for a Summer Reading Challenge, but Elly in Love can be read and enjoyed any season. And did I mention the surprise ending? Hee hee, you will have to read the book yourself to find out.With all of her flaws intact and a huge heart, I love the Elly in Bloom series. Colleen Oakes, I am a fan.

  • Dani
    2018-10-18 16:16

    Elly in Love was such a fun read. I really enjoyed being in Elly's flowershop and being surrounded by her co-workers and friends. I liked being told the names of all the flowers Elly used throughout the book, instead of just being told their colors. I actually sat down for a few hours and Googled quite a bit of them.One thing I really liked about this book was that it's part of a series, yes, but was easily understood as a standalone and no previous knowledge of the first book. You got just enough of the first book without feeling like the story was on repeat.The characters and their personalities were wonderful. Elly was a wonderful person. She was real, and flawed, and doubted herself. She was a normal person. She had self-image issues, but she accepted herself. She was a person that most of us could relate to. I adored Snarky Teenager. Her energy and enthusiasm was refreshing. She was true to her age and personality; eager-to-please, a little bit needy, a bit immature, but throughout the book, you get to watch her learn and grow. She added just the perfect amount of wit and sas. Keith was another fun character. He was loving, understanding, with just enough snark. You could really feel how much he loved Elly and you got a sense that he'd do anything for her. He was absolutely devoted to her. There was one problem. Dennis. I'm not sure if I was supposed to like him or not, but I really didn't. He was a major flaw in this little book of happiness for me. I get that he was supposed to be all alone and that Elly was supposed to feel obligated to be there for him, but his attitude and actions got old really quickly. He took Elly and her hospitality for granted, using her guilt against her. I was beginning to get severely frustrated with Elly for putting up with it. Then, of course, when she put her foot down, he ran away, which only caused her more guilt. Elly in Love was my first Colleen Oakes book, but, it won't be my last. I can't wait to go back and read Elly in Bloom to catch up on what I missed. Elly in Love was a fun, light-hearted book with all-too-familiar characters and real scenarios. I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shaped or influenced my opinion.

  • Downward dog
    2018-10-15 16:09

    http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com/I received a copy of this book to write an honest review for Cocktails and Books.ELLY IN LOVE is a sweet, clean romance about Ellie Jordan the owner of Posies Florist. Elly’s a voluptuous woman who lacks self esteem and is still recovering from her cheating ex-husband. Currently Elly is dating Keith the owner of a deli located a few doors down from her flower shop. Keith is sweet, kind and thoughtful, which is something Elly deserves and has never had in a relationship. Even though Keith is a good guy, Elly’s afraid to trust him completely because she feels he is hiding something. Elly’s life is in an uproar because Posies Florist has an opportunity to be selected for a reality show called BlissBride. If her shop is chosen, Elly will supply the flowers for a major Hollywood celebrity’s wedding and it will be filmed on national TV, which would be great exposure for her florist shop. Along with everything else happening, there’s also a mysterious teenage boy who keeps popping up into Elly’s life. This is a sequel to ELLY IN BLOOM, but it’s a stand-alone and you don’t need to read the first book to understand the story. I admired Elly she’s resilient and never lets anything get her down. Elly has a lot going on in her life, but through all the ups and downs, she still manages to make the right decisions and stay optimistic. Elly is cautious with Keith, she’s afraid to give her heart and take the chance of being hurt again and that’s understandable, because she’s has had a few hard knocks in life. One thing that bothered me while reading this book was Elly’s assistant, who plays a large part in the story, is only referred to as snarky teenager. I still don’t know her name and honestly, I’m not sure what point the author was trying to make, but after a while, it was annoying. I enjoyed reading this entertaining story by Colleen Oakes and I thought the characters were down to earth and easy to relate to.

  • Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
    2018-10-21 12:04

    Check out the full review at Kritters RambingsThe second in the Elly series and I loved this one even more! Elly is a successful florist in the St Louis area and after the drama from the first book that was solely focused on her business, this book split the focus between her business and her personal life. She is in the beginning dating stages with the deli guy next door, but a person from her past that she doesn't even know about will show up on her front door and turn her life upside down!I sailed through this book! It was sweet and fun and I love Elly's quirkiness. She is such a fun main character, I could read glimpses into her life for so much longer. I love her ups and downs. The secondary characters don't overshadow, but they also don't fade in the background - they are perfectly intermixed into the story. I felt that since we saw a little more of Elly's life outside of her business that the reader got to know her a little more personally in this book - it was great!

  • Margie
    2018-11-01 12:12

    It was great to see Elly's life move on after her husband cheated on her. I loved Elly being a real person with flaws. At times, I felt she was unrealistically clumsy. It seemed she fell, dropped stuff or knocked things over too often. I don't want perfect characters - just realistic ones.This book was a very easy read. It had some new people introduced ( don't want to give anything away ) and a fun wedding. You will have to read it to see who all that includes!I did feel like you could read this book as a stand alone. Colleen Oakes did a good job of giving you back story without boring those who had read Elly in Bloom. I felt the ending was a bit chaotic, then all of a sudden resolved too quickly.Elly Inspired is her next book!More reviews at Ope's Opinions.com

  • M.A. Nichols
    2018-11-04 15:11

    This was cute, but I wasn't expecting the sudden ending. It didn't give enough of a resolution for me. Plus, I'm having a hard time seeing where the book could go next. I really liked the first book, but this one really felt like a bit of a repeat, only a little more frustrating since Elly doesn't seem to be growing up that much. I enjoyed it, but I just don't know if I'm going to read it again. I got a good deal on the book when it was on sale, but I don't know if I would have paid full price for it.

  • Landon Ennis
    2018-11-08 15:07

    Elly in Love was such a fun and easy read and had me smiling the whole time. It was hard for me to put this book down! Her writing is very engaging and her humor keeps you smiling. I absolutely loved Snarky Teenager and Elly in this book. I'm a sucker for chick lit and weddings and happy endings and this book had it all. I can't wait for the next one!