Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now her burgeoning baby bump, hormone-infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister, Danica, glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie's insecurities rise to the forefront - and her relationship with fiancé Chaz Crew is caught in the crossfire.
Chaz Crew has everything he's ever wanted: a lovely fiancée, a baby on the way, and soon the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he's called away to woo the festival's largest sponsor - and the lover he's never admitted to having - secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.
With her baby shower around the corner and her fiancé's big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together - and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds - and their hearts.
Sisters in Bloom is part of the Love in Bloom series. While Sisters in Bloom can be listened to as a standalone novel, for even more listening enjoyment you may want to listen to the entire Love in Bloom series in order.
©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2015 Melissa Foster
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Stars: Overall 4 Naration 4 Story 4
Fast forward a bit, and we have Kylie’s story as she navigates through pregnancy hormones, a slowdown in her own career and a bit of a rough patch with her fiancé, Chaz. Not a particularly introspective character, all of these changes have Kylie worried about EVERYTHING, and the doubts are creeping in.
Chaz has a big film festival coming up, and he thinks his life is going along beautifully. Nothing is better than his fiancée and new baby on the way, and this film could mean big things for them all. But the one regret in his life has suddenly reappeared, and the existence of this woman isn’t something he ever shared with her.
Now with Kylie at a low point, a past fling that won’t stay that way and the stress and nerves around the film festival and things are just heating up.
Foster uses a combination of character development, communication and fears that are very real, if sometimes groundless, to build the story and give it teeth. Chaz is a wonderful and steady influence for Kylie, and while their love is obvious they both cling to insecurities and issues from their pasts. Insets from Danica (Kylie’s sister) and her relationship trials in her own life, and the visit from her mother all play to the issues both of the sisters have in their own lives. Issues that their mother’s influence (and some actual common sense) allow them to move forward in their own lives, allowing the past to settle.
Narration is provided by B.J. Harrison, and as I thought with the first in this series, a clever choice of narrator. There is a bit more angst and tension in this story, and Harrison’s ability to present the emotional overtones in the story without overreach or overacting. While character voices are distinct, they do not tip over the line to caricature or overly emoted, and the story is richer for that.
A great installment in the Snow Sisters series, I’m curious to get to the weddings..
I received an audiobook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions and expectations are my own responsibility.
This is book 2 and I do have to say it is even better then book if that is possible. Kaylie and Chaz are an amazing couple, they will make you laugh and cry and in the end you will route for them to have a happy ever after. Danica and Blake also make this book perfection I love the advice they both give to the new couple.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is the second book in Melissa Foster’s Love in Bloom series. Sisters Kaylie and Danica Snow are both moving forward with their lives, both of them more confident than ever, and eager to see what their futures hold for them.
Kaylie and her fiancé, Chaz, have reconciled and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child. The baby is due in the next few weeks and they have decided to put their wedding off until after the baby has arrived. Kaylie is experiencing some disappointments in her musical career but has decided that any decisions on that front can also wait until the baby has arrived. She still has moments plagued by doubts but is working with a therapist (not her sister) to get through them and try to understand their origins.
Danica is loving her new career and is very pleased with the growth of the youth center and its acceptance into the community of Allure. She and Blake have grown closer and Blake has found a new therapist to help him deal with the loss of his best friend and partner, as well as the issue of his former lifestyle choices. Together, they are doing everything they can to help Sally and Rusty cope with their loss, and things appear to be going well there, too. Life seems perfect.
Appearances can be deceiving and we all know that life is rarely smooth, and hardly ever plays out perfectly. There are always steep hills to climb and deep valleys to traverse. Sisters in Bloom takes us to the tops of the hills and skillfully navigates us through the deepest of valleys. With her writing, Melissa Foster manages to breathe life into these characters, their hopes, and fears, sorrow, and joy are all palpable and make you feel as though they are your friends and family. A well-crafted story line pulls you in immediately and keeps you completely intrigued; and surprises? Oh boy! I absolutely got lost in this story and B.J. Harrison’s narration is spot-on, once again.
This Book 2 in the Snow Sisters series by Melissa Foster is delightful! Her characters are complex, the dialogue witty and the love is very satisfying.
One of the main characters is very pregnant in this story, so we all get to relive the glories of pregnancy again through Kaylie--the awkwardness, the not liking the clothes, but most of all the insecurities that it can bring. If only every one of us had a mate like Chaz! Ms. Foster has written such a sexy, supportive hero in Chaz that it makes even the non-pregnant want to weep!
We also get to catch up and see what is going on in the lives of Kaylie's sister, Danica, and her fiance, Blake.Just like in real life, everyone in the book has issues, but Ms. Foster never fails to deliver the happily-ever-after that we all so deserve! This was a fantastic story with a super narration job done by B.J. Harrison!
I was given this audiobook free by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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