Wallflower in Bloom: A Novel
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From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Must Love Dogs—a winning and witty novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”
From the acclaimed bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty new novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”
Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound.
Then Deirdre’s sometime boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows in Tag’s expensive vodka, Deirdre decides to use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute Dancing with the Stars replacement. It’ll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre’s fifteen minutes of fame have begun.
Irresistible and offbeat, Wallflower in Bloom is an original and deeply satisfying story of having the courage to take a leap into the spotlight, no matter where you land.
nodded at us as we walked by. Birdhouse gourds, just like the ones we used to grow as kids every summer, dangled from a white arbor that was mostly hidden by a canopy of foliage. Prickly pear cactuses flanked the path like spiked sentries. “Wow,” I said as I looked around, trying to take it all in. “Nineteen acres. Over a thousand species of Texas plants, vegetables, herbs, spices, and wildflowers.” Steve bent down to get a closer look at something. “Including much of the food for the resort
up with her. “I’m sooooo not a celebrity.” Karen turned her head. Her lips were pursed. “You will be soon. One way or the other.” I finally caught up and matched my steps to hers. I was trying to bond, since I figured I needed at least one ally in Hollywood, but she wasn’t making it easy. “Just curious, but how many people watch this show anyway?” Karen looked up from her phone. She’d been texting nonstop since I’d met her this morning. “Twenty-three. . .” “Million?” “But we’re hoping for an
black push-up bra that had lifted my breasts so high they were practically in my line of vision. Anthony was still working on my costume, but he’d given me a black strapless sheath to wear. It was short, really short, and seemed to consist mostly of fringe and sequins. And two little flesh-colored spaghetti straps to keep me from losing it entirely, for which I was thankful beyond words. “Now that’s a lot of sexy,” Anthony said. That’s what I was afraid of. “Does it make me look, you know. . .”
in Southern California, and if I was lucky enough to survive the next five-plus hours, maybe I’d even get to spend a little bit of time outside in it. Hopefully I’d have enough energy to find a sidewalk café near a beach somewhere with Tag. At some point, I knew I was going to have to get him out of here, but it might be nice to have someone to hang out with for a little while. When I walked into the studio, Ilya was leaning back against the wall, wearing black jeans and a tight black T-shirt
sitting in the front row cheering her on and sending winning energy her way, and I want you to know that you will all be in that seat with me. And most important, each of us will have the honor of casting our votes for her via a toll-free number, on the official website, and with text messages. The maximum number of votes per voter per medium is equal to the number of couples performing that night, or five votes, whichever is larger. Between now and then we can also pre-approve up to eleven