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Friday, June 17, 2016

The Bridal Bouquet by Tara Randel - Guest Post, Book Review & Giveaway

About Tara Randel

Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. She is the author of ten books. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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Guest post

Tips for Choosing a Florist for Your Wedding
by Tara Randel

In The Bridal Bouquet, Kady Lawrence, co-owner of the Lavish Lily, works with brides to make the dreams of their big day come true. As any wedding professional, she advises her clients to research, then choose a florist who will carry out the vision. Flowers are an important statement at a wedding, and the bride and groom need to communicate their wishes in order for a florist to carry out the theme.

So what does Kady recommend when searching for the right florist?

First, it helps to know the venue of the ceremony and reception. Since most venues are booked up to a year in advance, this gives the professional time to determine what works best for the couple. If it is an outdoor wedding, the climate is a consideration. If it is a huge room the decorate, this will determine the size of the order.

Know your budget. This allows the florist to present different choices within reasonable exceptions.

Do you know the flower type or design you’ve envisioned for your ceremony? Have you picked out a color scheme? The florist can guide you in this area. Ask if the florist has a book containing photos of the flowers she has designed for weddings.

What time of the year will the wedding be held? Different seasons offer different flowers types and colors.

Visit different florists before making a decision. Compare. Get quotes. Keep a running list so you can make an informed decision. Clients should book their florist six to eight months in advance of the wedding.
Book review
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Review by Suze

Kady has to win the wedding bouquet design competition at the annual floral convention, it's the only way her parents will ever have faith in her. She works at the family flower shop and is a talented florist, but her parents still can't see how good Kady is. They favor their son Will, who can do nothing wrong in their eyes. They are planning to retire and are giving Kady an ultimatum. She only has a few weeks to prove herself while they are on a cruise. Winning the competition is one of their conditions.
Kady's biggest competitor Jasmine will also be at the fair. She's never been able to beat her before, will she be able to do it now? Her rival has brought her son this year and by coincidence he and Kady know each other. Dylan is a cop on an undercover mission and he isn't allowed to tell Kady anything about himself. They like each other, but will they have a chance once Kady finds out the truth?
The Bridal Bouquet is a sweet and romantic story about two people who are perfect for one another. Kady is strong, independent and resilient. She's a talented woman and flowers are her passion. I loved reading about her creations. Tara Randel describes them in such a wonderful vivid way, which is one of the many charms of her story. Dylan immediately likes Kady and he's happy he's at the convention with his mother because he wants to spend time with her. He's a real gentleman and I loved the way he treats the important women in his life. He and Kady have great chemistry and I could easily picture them as a couple. I like it when characters have something special together and that's definitely the case in this story.
The Bridal Bouquet isn't only a cute and lovely story, there's also some adventure. Dylan is on a case and somehow his personal and business life are intertwined. Tara Randel writes about the emotional side of his work as well as the practical one and I liked that angle. I loved that he also has a connection to the flower business and his reason to be at the convention is fun. The Bridal Bouquet is a quick and easy read and it's very enjoyable. I think it's an amazing read with a heartwarming theme. 
The series

Magnolia Bride
(The Business of Weddings #1)
Tara Randel

Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 209 pages
July 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Married for a day, in love for life

Nealy Grainger knew that returning to Cypress Pointe meant an inevitable encounter with her teenage crush, and momentary husband, Dane Peterson. She could handle it. She wasn't the wounded girl who'd left Cypress Pointe years ago, heartbroken and furious when Dane had annulled their marriage the day after they'd eloped.

Now one of L.A.'s most in-demand celebrity event planners, Nealy's only come back for a vacation and to help with her sister's wedding—not for a reunion with her long-lost love. But the more their paths cross, the more the sparks fly! Maybe their connection isn't over just yet….,


Honeysuckle Bride
(The Business of Weddings #2)
Tara Randel

Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 201 pages
December 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

One part happiness. Two parts love.

Relocating to the coast of Florida after becoming guardian of her best friend's twin daughters could be the best move LA celebrity chef Jenna Monroe ever made. This is her chance to create a stable, loving home—something she never had. But can she be the mother the girls need?

Wyatt Hamilton thinks she can. The rugged charter boat captain, who came home to Cypress Pointe still grieving the death of his son, has faith in her. But the feelings he awakens in Jenna both exhilarate and frighten her. Because Wyatt no longer believes in forever… Unless she can convince him otherwise.

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The Bridal Bouquet
(The Business of Weddings #3)
Tara Randel

Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Who will catch a lifetime of love?

Winning the annual wedding bouquet design competition may be the closest Kady Lawrence gets to the altar. She has to come in first or risk losing the shop that’s been in her family for generations. Her main competition is Jasmine Matthews. But it’s Jasmine’s son who’s caught Kady’s attention.

Kady has no inkling Dylan’s a DEA agent on a case in Cypress Pointe, and Dylan wants to keep it that way…until Kady’s targeted. Determined to keep her safe, Dylan risks a lot more than blowing his cover…he risks losing Kady forever.

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One very lucky reader will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
If you're from the US you can also enter the giveaway to win a tote bag with the first three books in the series.
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  1. Loved the book summary! Beautiful covers too :)

  2. Its sounds like a great read. Thank you

  3. Sounds great ! Thanks for the chance .

  4. Thanks so much for having me here today! And thanks for the review.

  5. Love the advice for choosing wedding bouquets. It will be advice I definitely take into account when planning my own wedding! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I enjoyed the book review. Thanks for sharing. Loved the interview too.

  7. The cover is amazing and the excerpt is intriguing.

  8. I really enjoyed the book review and interview. Thanks for the chance.

  9. It sounds like a real feel good story :)

  10. I'm a sucker for books about weddings so I'd like these.
    Thanks for the contest.

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