Ellingsen’s latest is not all happy brides and sweet-smelling roses, and that’s exactly what makes this novel fun, realistic and unique. Readers will be caught by surprise as the author fulfills all expectations early on, then throws twists into each woman’s story. At times, this novel is so overwhelmingly romantic that it will bring genuine tears to readers’ eyes, while numerous other parts will have them chuckling out loud. Lastly, the messages conveyed in regards to family intervention are tasteful and wholly familiar. Readers will enjoy every minute of their time with this very memorable and sweet novel.
Twenty-five-year-old Chloe’s busy life leaves her with hardly any time for dating, but her handsome best friend Ben is more than willing to teach her the ins and outs of the mating game. Chloe’s mother Kristine yearns to travel the world and hungers for more romance in her marriage, but her husband Kevin is constantly traveling for work and no longer makes time for his wife. Chloe’s grandmother June busies herself with her beautiful garden, but can’t help but compete with her irresistible widow neighbor who also loves to garden. When all three women catch the same bouquet at a wedding, new marriage opportunities lurk on the horizon. However, each woman must get past her “something blue” before she can experience true happiness — and romance. (BERKLEY, Apr., 496 pp., $16.00)