Dreaming of Roses Series by Martha Rowe Sconnely

dreaming of roses

Hello my beautiful Romantics!

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So…I have a slightly different romantic find for you this week.  Normally, if there is a series I like I just review the first book to get you started.  This time around I have to review the whole series because this one doesn’t contain stand alone books.  Dreaming of Roses by Martha Rowe Sconnely is a three book serial where you need to read them in order to understand what’s happening in the story.

In the first story, Almost Perfect, We meet Kelli Patterson and her best friend Brenna.  Brenna is trying to talk Kelli into joining a new christian dating website.  Kelli has had her fill of online dating, (A feeling with which I can totally sympathize!) and tells her NO!

However, she will help Brenna post a profile for herself. While heading back to work Kelli is stuck riding down in a packed elevator by her secret work crush Chase Allen, a super hot IT guru, who so makes Kelli want to rethink her no dating co-workers rule.

Unfortunately, nothing happens on the ride down and Kelli goes back to work daydreaming about what could have happened.  A few days later, Kelli meets Steven Ross who happens to be the only son of her pastor. (How fortuitous!) I’ll save you some guessing. Yes, Steven asks her out and they date for a while but things don’t go exactly to a story book ending for these two.

In book two, Hardly Perfect, Kelli is in Florida due to her Grandmother being ill and needing help at her flower shop while she gets a hip replacement.  While there, a friend of her grandmother talks her into meeting her grandson, Todd, for a date.

Let’s just say a match made in heaven he is not, but he is a funny, quirky person and they part on friendly terms after their coffee date.

(Here comes the plot twist!)

Due to some short staff issues, Kelli ends going in last-minute to help with decorating a wedding.  She has pinned on all the boutonnieres for the groomsmen of the wedding party and has one left. When she asks the groom who it could possibly belongs to, he replies that it possibly should go to the bride’s brother who is giving her away. At that very moment who should enter but the bride, her maids and her brother, Chase Allen! (Be still my beating heart!!!!)

Chase is just as shocked to see Kelli as she is to see him. He also seems more than happy to see her at his sister’s wedding.

In the last book of the serial, More than Perfect, Chase and Kelli end up in a whirlwind courtship. Everything is going along nicely until Chase gets a job offer that will put him in California! They’ve only been dating about a month and Chase doesn’t want a long distance relationship so he asks Kelli to give him a little time to figure things out. (This happens about 2 weeks before Valentines Day! How UN-romantic!!!!)

Kelli agrees to give him some time and space. All the while she is praying that she doesn’t end up with another broken heart.

So…Will Kelli and Chase end up together after all? Did Brenna meet someone wonderful from the dating website?

You’ll have to read the series to find out!!!!

 

Dreaming of Roses: Box Set

Re-Readability Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Overall this is a nice series. I could see coming back to it every once in a while but there are books I would probably go to before I go this one. Some of the storytelling is a tad repetitive but the story is still sweet and refreshing

Romance Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Lots of sweet kisses and embraces between Kelli and her perspective beaus. I will say the ending did go exactly as I thought it would but it was enough to make this romantic sigh at the end.

Tea With Emma by Diane Moody

Hello Romantics!

So this weeks book is part of a novella series called The Teacup Novellas.

Each book in the series is inspired by a particular china teacup.

One of my favorite literary concepts is a story within a story. To me it’s like getting two stories for the price of one! I guess it’s the bargain shopper in me.

In the prologue of this novella, Tea with Emma, you meet Lucy. She is a writer who has writers block and stuck on what to write about next. In her irritation with herself, she is interrupted by her very cute UPS delivery guy. In the package is a collection of teacups. The collection that belonged to her late Aunt Lucille.

As she takes out the different cups they start inspiring different stories or in writers speak, the cups start talking to her.

The story then turns over to an airplane scene where two girls, Maddie Cooper and Elaine “Lanie” Morgan, are flying home from London after taking a Jane Austen Tour. On the plane ride home they run into a very surly Englishman, Dr. Ian Grant.

Of course in literary tradition you can’t have a truly great story unless the two love interests happen to be in close proximity to each other. So after a comical scene at the Austin, TX. airport Dr. Grant, who is a visiting college professor, is staying in a house across the street from Maddie Cooper and her grandmother.

I don’t want to go too much further into the story because I want you to read it for yourself. However if there are any Jane Austen fans out there, I fully believe that you will enjoy this lovely short story.

Will Maddie and Ian get together? Will something come between Lanie and Maddie to break up their friendship? Why is Ian such a grouch? and why is this story called Tea with Emma when none of the main characters are named Emma?

I guess you’ll have to read the book yourself and find out.

Tea With Emma

Re-readability Rating:

3.5 out of 5

I’ve re-read it a few times. Being an Austen fan, I love that it mirrors the Emma story line.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5

Not a lot of physical display until a few kisses at the end but, there is a lot of wit and charm that I like.