Wallflower in Bloom

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Wallflower in Bloom

In a family where your brother is a guru, it’s hard to stand out in the crowd. In fact, it’s hard to have your own life, never mind attention outside of Mr. Guru. For Deirdre Griffin, this is her reality. Her life is great, for a life that’s not your own. Deirdre’s world revolves around her brother tag, a new age, pep-talking guru whose family lives and works off his one man empire. Deirdre job, as Tag’s personal assistant and gatekeeper extraordinaire, isn’t working for her anymore. She wants her own life, especially after Tags recent know-it-all, run-it-all attitude and the news of her ex-boyfriends plans to wed his expectant girlfriend. In a momentary lapse of judgment caused by a heavy dose of vodka, Deidre uses tags fame to get herself voted on a last minute spot on Dancing with the Stars and wins. Now, Deidre has the chance to put up or shut up and either make her life her own or live with life’s status quo on Tag’s sprawling New England compound. Oh, and she hopes to stay on her feet, a girl can wish right?

I enjoyed Wallflower in Bloom. I was fulfilled by Ms. Cook’s staple pieces to her fiction – humor, quirky characters, and family with a unique style. I loved the premise of this book, almost everyone can associate themselves with one of the characters because most all of us have siblings or cousins or people we have grown up with who steal the lime light, hide in the shadows, or want what we have because the “grass is always greener on the other side.” I enjoyed seeing the characters in and out of their elements, giving them a chance to understand each other and realize that their worlds are not perfect either. The novel really makes you think about stopping before judging others positions in the family or work environment or friendship, whatever it may be, because you haven’t yet walked in their shoes.

I laughed and laughed some more while enjoying the storyline and well developed characters in this book. I would suggest it to other fans of Claire and new readers alike. It’s easy to read, charming, uplifting and of course, funny. True to her style, Claire delivered-yet another- wonderful piece of fiction for all of us to enjoy.

Book Blurb for Wallflower in Bloom

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.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 4.00