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Review: The Bloom Girls by Amy Pine

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Review: The Bloom Girls by Amy Pine

Gilmore Girls meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding in this humorous, multi-generational story about a mother and daughter who discover that life happens when you least expect it.

Gabi Bloom doesn’t believe in signs. She believes in photographic evidence, the view through her camera lens, and the snap of the shutter. It’s why she traveled to Europe—to satisfy her wanderlust and to kick off her photography career. But in Ireland, all of that changed when Gabi gazed into the impossibly blue eyes of an American bartender. She wasn’t prepared for their intense and immediate attraction, or the fact that she’d be bringing Ethan home with her . . . as her fiancé.

Gabi’s upcoming marriage is the cherry on top of her mother’s current predicament. Stumbling toward forty, Alissa is a pastry chef who raised her daughter single-handedly while Gabi’s father traveled the globe. Now her baby girl is getting married after a whirlwind romance and Alissa—well, Alissa is pregnant. Again. And not only is her ex the father, he wants her back. For good. Until she can figure out that part of the puzzle, Alissa is hiding her big little secret even as she helps Gabi plan a happily-ever-after wedding. But somewhere between disaster and hope, life might just bloom in a way that is breathtakingly unexpected . . .

MY REVIEW

As a fan of A.J. Pine, I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into The Bloom Girls.

The Bloom Girls follows the story of Gabi and her mother Alissa. Gabi doesn’t believe in signs until the unthinkable happens. While in Ireland, she meets her match, a fellow American, Ethan and falls madly in love. You see, Gabi has always been anti-marriage and anti-relationship, due to how things turned out with her parents, but meeting Ethan changed everything…When Gabi returns home with a fiancé she turns more than her world upside down. At 40, Alissa finds herself in a place she never thought she would be again, pregnant. Not only is her ex the baby’s daddy, but they’re not even together. Only, Alissa’s ex wants her back and will do anything to make things right a second time around…

The Bloom Girls is a fantastic read from beginning to end. I found myself utterly consumed with Gabi and Alissa. Their story was incredibly well written. Wild horses couldn’t stop me from reading this book. I never wanted to put it down. Gabi and Alissa were so real and easy to connect with. I loved the way their stories flowed and intertwined with one another. The Bloom Girls is a beautiful story of love and family. It’s a story of secrets and the best intentions. It’s a story of taking risks and being ok that the outcome is different than you anticipated. It’s ok to not have it all together or know all the answers. But, most of all, it’s a story of hope that spans many generations.

The Bloom Girls exceeded my expectations and I never wanted this story to end. This book is a bit of a departure from the books I normally read, but sometimes, that truly is a good thing. I am so glad I picked up this book. If you’re looking for a sweet romance that will give you all the feels and has an amazing family dynamic, The Bloom Girls is a definite must-read!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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