TLC Book Tours sent me an e-copy of WALLFLOWER BLOOMING for review. It is a nice read and is a variation of traditional romance as it includes a good amount of information about depression, anxiety, and control issues surrounding the heroine of the story. Equal parts self-actualization and romance.
Val Shakely has her own business and her quiet and unassuming routines. She runs a successful PR firm and has a life, which is contained within her comfort zone. She has misread her sister and her mother after her father’s death and is glad they are not in the same city anymore. Val enjoys her outgoing cousin Gwen’s energies and holds her as a dear friend.
Gwen has entered a tight race for Mayor of their city and has asked Val to be her PR person and attend many functions. This opens up Val’s social life and makes her feel vulnerable and quite anxious as she re-arranges her carefully scheduled routines. This also allows for the quiet city bachelor to discover her existence and join her routines and expand her comfort zones.
Although the politics get a bit over the top for Val and threats are made, she stands up when she needs to and learns a great many coping skills. She becomes almost fearless as the race progresses and then begins to reconnect with her mother and sister and figure out the truth of the situation surrounding her father’s death.
Communication is good and solves many problems. Being loved and adored by someone special makes the book light and smooth. The story allows one to discover some extra problem-solving skills and shed light on better coping skills. An enjoyable afternoon read.
About the Author:
“Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment and, perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master’s degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics. She was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. Wallflower Blooming is her first novel.” (From TLC review page)