Welcome to my stop on the CLP Blog Tour for Melissa Brown's novel Bouquet Toss. I'm happy to kick off the tour with my review of this sweet and sad novel.
Here's the synopsis:
Ever since Daphne Harper graduated from college, all of her friends have fallen in love, become engaged and walked down the aisle. Be it a blessing or a curse, Daphne (a hopeless romantic and perpetual single girl) catches the bouquet at every single wedding she attends.I found that this novel was a lot heavier than I was expecting and I think that might be what I struggled with when it came to reading it. Daphne has to deal with a lot (way more than anyone should have to) and at times I felt like there was just too much going on. I understand what Brown was going for and I enjoyed the story but I think the storyline needed to be tied together just a little bit tighter.
Daphne’s love life is a mess. Her first love, Mayson, haunts her heart and keeps her from pursuing happiness with any man who comes along. As she struggles to move on from the one who got away, Daphne wonders if she will ever break her curse and find her happily ever after.
That sounds really negative, doesn't it? I really did enjoy reading this book. In fact, I read it in virtually one sitting on New Year's Day! Daphne had some hilarious dates (it's a little sad that those kind of men really are out there!) and she has wonderful friends (even if I wanted them to be a little more three dimensional). Minor spoiler but not really - I'm so glad Daphne got a happy ending. I don't think I would have been able to handle it if she hadn't! She deserved happiness and I'm happy she found it.
Overall, I liked Bouquet Toss but I didn't love it. I think others would probably really enjoy it. Melissa Brown has written a sequel, Champagne Toast, that I will probably pick up one of these days simply because I'd like to see what happens with some of the characters. Make sure you keep checking the main tour page to see what others have to say about this novel. And stay tuned for a guest post from Melissa herself coming up later in the week.
Happy reading :)