Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop that once belonged to her mother. Despite her success in business, her love life has always been a bit lackluster. Until she spies on her ex-boyfriend’s wedding and ends up in horrifyingly embarrassing fender-bender with handsome wedding guest, Nate Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancée is not who she says she is. How can she be supportive and yet be the protective big sister too? It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it–and pretty fun to talk to, too. Amelia and Nate strike up an online relationship, but always lingering in Amelia’s mind is the fear that he’ll realize she’s not nearly as appealing in real life.
As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?
When a friend of mine read this book earlier this month and said that it was a You’ve Got Mail inspired story, I KNEW I had to get my hands on a copy. Have I mentioned yet that after watching the movie for the billionth time a month ago, I had developed my own You’ve Got Mail inspired novel? I want to bring a Christian message on forgiveness to this now-iconic story line, but bring it to my favorite playing field- the Civil War Era. Ah,… but that’s a story for another day… 😉
Rating: Why is it that five stars seem so high when you’re dealing with a book that you didn’t like, but it feels so low when you’re talking about a book that you love? Sigh. Five stars it is. 😉
What I Loved: Well, as previously mentioned, Katie had me with her You’ve Got Mail/Shop Around the Corner inspiration, but my praise doesn’t end there. From page one, she drew me into the most charming story I’ve read all year. I know I won’t be forgetting this couple and their happy little world anytime soon! I seriously loved every minute I spent here. It was funny, romantic, and just flat out lovable.
Who I’d Recommend it to: The Perfect Arrangement is a must read for romantics, lovers of a light-hearted story, or fans of black and white movies.
~ I received a free copy from BookLookBloggers in exchange for a review. I was not required to give a favorable review.