Love in Bloom's (Wheeler Softcover) Hardcover – Large Print, 10 Sep 2004
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About the Author
Judith Arnold has written more than eighty novels. Her novel Love In Bloom’s was honoured as a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, and she has won many Reviewers Choice Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews. Her Superromance Barefoot In The Grass has appeared on the recommended reading lists of cancer support groups and hospitals.
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Instead of support from her so-called loved ones, Julia faces sabotage and scorn. Her uncle tries to undermine her and her mother believes that Julia is an interim until she takes over. Then there are the unaccounted for bagels that someone seems to abscond with each week. Worse is Ron Joffe, assigned by Gotham magazine to learn if rumors of Bloom's financial troubles are true, because of her attraction to him. Finally, the most absolute catastrophe of all is dealing with her iron maiden grandma. As Julia works on overcoming the plots to destroy her, she falls in love with the nosy journalist.
This lighthearted romp is a fun to read tale that pays homage to all those Manhattan romantic comedies such as Crossing Delancy. References to the city add to the tour as the Big Apple comes across as a character more than just a locale. The female lead protagonist is an engaging individual struggling with a family that has their own personal interests and agendas above everyone else including the deli that has made and kept the Blooms wealthy. Judith Arnold furnishes a warm amusing excursion of the New York archipelago.
While her Uncle Jay works at undermining her, her mother tries to be the president of Blooms, and a reporter looks for problems. Julia does her best to hold it all together.
Slowly she finds out who is stealing the bagels, introduces her sister to a true love, and begins managing Blooms. And, all the while, she falls in love herself.
What a wonderful romance. Light, fun, a family you can believe in, and love. Using food to bring people together is not new, however, this has the feeling of newness and originality. The zany characters in this novel only make it that much more fun- Uncle Jay the computer man, the bagel counter man, a poet writing sister, a cousin who is a director of sorts, a domineering grandmother and more.
Although this is the first book I've read by this author, it won't be the last. This was a joy from beginning to end. Well worth reading.
I guess nobody's perfect.