Author: Nicole Dennis
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
This is book four in the Southern Charm series, see the full series listing here
Will the personal challenges of a former Army doctor and a brilliant florist get in the way of a chance at life and love?
Fighting type one diabetes since childhood, Jude Sebastian runs to prove he can live a normal life, until epileptic seizures begin to change his life. Even with Dawson, his medical alert Golden Labrador, at his side, Jude finds daily life difficult. He owns the floral shop Flowers in the Breeze, and designs everything from simple bouquets to elaborate themes for weddings and celebrations.
At the Shore Breeze Clinic, Jude comes across a man clearly suffering with a PTSD episode. A new arrival in the small town, Doctor Elliott Sheffield, a retired Army Ranger doctor, is looking for a second chance after what he saw in the Middle Eastern deserts.
Wanting a normal relationship, Jude tries to deny his disorder, but something is happening. He can’t regulate his sugars and his disorder worsens. When he returns to the clinic, Dawson alerts Jude to an oncoming seizure.
When in Bloom is the fourth book in Nicole Dennis’ Southern Charm series.
In each book, one of the main characters deals with an illness or condition that affects their everyday lives. We have seen severe allergies, OCD, and migraines. In Bloom, both characters have issues to overcome. Jude has both epilepsy and type I diabetes. Elliot suffers from PTSD.
Dennis is able to work these issues into the story with compassion. However, in this story they almost felt clinical in description and contrived rather than genuine part of the characters in question. Maybe it is because both these characters were relative newcomers to the Souther Charm series.
We first met Elliott in book one when he treated Samuel’s allergic reaction. Jude has been mentioned in passing a few times in the first few books, but never actually introduced. Neither felt like a part of the “Southern Charm family.” Which made it feel like this installment stalled the series.
A large number of new names were introduced in Bloom. It felt to me almost like this story was a chance to take a break and introduce more characters for future installments, rather than further the story set forth in Books 1-3. Though some advancements in the overarching mysteries may have been made off page, we will have to wait until those character’s tell their stories to find out.
For that reason, I will be continuing the series.
Of course, When in Bloom had its own plot independent of the story arcs that are still in need of resolution from the early books. We had to figure out why Jude’s health was failing. This mystery was mostly relegated to the back burner, but it wasn’t hard to figure out where the issue lied. The climax as somewhat anti-climactic if you followed to breadcrumbs left throughout the story. In the end, however Jude was restored to health and he a Elliott found their happily ever after.
Though no tears were shed along the way, and I had a few issues with the presentation and how the story fit into the overall sere is, the love story itself is sweet and I was glad to see both main characters get their happily ever after.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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