The Tanglewood Flower Shop - Lilac Mills
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
Love can be a thorny business. When Tanglewood flower shop owner Leanne enters Budding Stars – a floristry TV competition – she’s shocked to make it through to the televised stages where the pressure grows to prove herself a success. Luckily for Leanne, new Tanglewood park ranger, Rex, is a rose among the thorns as he provides support and friendship that could blossom into something more… But Rex’s ex-girlfriend appears with some shocking news, and between busy schedules and the occasional mountain rescue, Leanne can’t see how romance could possibly bloom. And with a new job opportunity suddenly sprouting up, will she need to uproot her life and leave Tanglewood entirely?
This was such a fun and easy read. It was pleasant and straightforward, it didn’t take too much brainpower, but at the same time, it was thoroughly delightful and enjoyable. It was great to revisit Tanglewood, and even though it is in the same world as the Tanglewood Tea Shop book, it had a new and fresh feel to it. It followed a different formula and concentrated on new characters. The people we had gotten to know in the first book were there in the periphery story, but you could read this as a stand-alone and not feel as if you had missed out on much. It was very well done. This time we are concentrating on flower shop owner Leanne and newcomer Rex. Leanne gets a fantastic opportunity to take part in a reality TV programme about flowers, but will these new adventures mean she has to give up other new parts of her life and things that may be more important? Rex has moved to Tanglewood from the highlands of Scotland and is enjoying his new routine and life. Leanne and the dog Nell enter his life like a whirlwind, but they aren’t the only things that are about to cause a tornado to come crashing through his life! Can he get his own happiness while looking after everyone else at the same time? This is a story of love but also personal life development and needing the right moments to align to find true happiness. It was such a feel-good and uplifting story. I liked the attention the author paid to local dialect and traditions, such as calling the evening meal tea and not dinner. It had a charming ending, not too twee or predictable, but it did end very abruptly. I was expecting a little more story but everything was sewn up and it just stopped! Not necessarily a bad thing just a bit of a shocker after spending so much time with these characters to lose them from your life, it felt sudden and unexpected.