Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Little Greek Humor

A Bouquet of Love
Janice Thompson

Weddings by Design #4

Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand– directly across the street from the Rossis’ popular pizza place–and they want Cassia’s full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella’s good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .

Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers one more romp with Bella, Galveston, and the bustling wedding biz in the final installment of her popular series. Anyone who loves quirky families, loads of laughter, and tender romance will find themselves hooked

A Bouquet of Love is such an entertaining story. If you’ve ever watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding you already know the type of humor that just seeps through the book. A Bouquet of Love is the fourth book in the series, a series that focuses on a family in Galveston, Texas, but it isn’t necessary to read them in order if you don’t mind feeling like you’re on the outs in a few spots.

The book starts off by introducing you to Cassia Pappas,  a young woman working in her father’s Greek restaurant. She is oppressed by the Greek ethnocentrism and her father’s work as hard as a mule ways. When they open a new location right across from a pizzeria the rivalry flourishes! Her father has declared the pizzeria and anyone associated with it, the Rossis, off limits. That of course proves impossible because they have the run of the whole town!

I don’t think there was one thing I didn’t like about the story. The characters were fun, and lighthearted. I think I laughed every other page, I couldn’t stop. Plus, there was absolutely no crying to be found. The story moved at a steady forward pace, there weren’t any lags or boring build ups.

Aside from the plot, which was tremendous, the set up of the book itself made me laugh. Each new chapter starts with a fun saying right below the chapter number. One is “You might be Greek if you tell your mama you’re not hungry and she thinks you have an eating disorder.” After reading these and reflecting on my life, I think I might be Greek.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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