Review of Wallflower Blooming by Amy Rivers

wallflower-bloomingCan anyone ever live a totally sheltered life, avoiding risk and relationships at all costs?

In Wallflower Blooming, Amy Rivers tells a tale of the consequences of venturing from stability, the known, to chance finding something you didn’t even realize you were missing.

Val Shakely thinks she can live in a bubble, and she’s done a good job. So far.  She’s built her own public relations business, pouring every minute into it. It’s a success, and she wants to keep it that way.  The fact that she has no time for a social life doesn’t bother Val – it seems like a wise trade-off.  But when Val’s beloved cousin, Gwen, decides to run for mayor of their small Colorado town, Val hesitantly agrees to take Gwen on as a client for the campaign. Val fears it’s a mistake – the incumbent mayor doesn’t play fair, and would do anything to win.  Will her business be able to survive the storm of foul play which ensues?

Val’s life takes another unexpected turn when she notices a man at Gwen’s campaign party.  His pink tie is the same color as her purse, and she can’t resist mentioning it to him. John Hatfield is the town’s wealthy and handsome recluse, and for some reason, Val can’t get him out of her mind.

Can Val navigate the unfamiliar territory of living with risk? Both the campaign and John Hatfield have thrown her totally off-kilter. Will she embrace the change and excitement of her new reality, or go back to the security of what was only recently her safe life?

Wallflower Blooming is an engaging story about a woman learning what makes life interesting, and finding the courage to venture into the unknown. How far would you be willing to move out of your safety zone?

(I received a copy of Wallflower Blooming from the author, in exchange for an honest review.)

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