Title: Bed of Roses
Author: Nora Roberts
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Emmaline Grant is an exceptionally beautiful and happy woman, with the best job anyone could ask for. She works with her three best friends at the wedding planning company Vows, which they started on their own. Emma is the florist, and she simply loves her job.
The only thing that Emma doesn’t have is a boyfriend, though she gets asked on more dates than the other three girls combined. She’s too nice to say no most of the time. But when Jack Cooke, a guy who’s been like a brother to the four girls of Vows, begins to show interest, Emma is thrown off balance. What are her feelings for Jack exactly, and will they get in the way of their friendship?
I have to admit – while I hardly ever read romance, I’m a complete sucker for Nora Roberts. I haven’t read a lot of her novels, but what I love about them is how well they are put together. There is a very good reason that Roberts is such a prolific and well selling author.
While I admit I didn’t love the first book in this quartet, Vision in White, I really like the premise of this series: four books, four friends. I’m glad to say that Bed of Roses was an enjoyable novel that really lived up to the series’ potential.
Emma was a great character who was very easy to sympathize with. Sometimes it’s irritating when a heroine in a novel is breathtakingly beautiful – it makes it harder to sympathize with her. However, Emma is so sweet that you can’t help but love her. When men are interested in her, she does her best to be incredibly nice even when she doesn’t like them. She’s great at matchmaking, which means she’s very perceptive and takes notice of the people around her. She’s not self-involved and only wants the best for people. She’s incredibly easy to like and seems like the type of person you would want to have as a friend.
I really appreciated Nora Roberts’ creativity in crafting this story. There is such a cliché in women’s fiction novels that center around romance these days. A man and woman are introduced at the beginning of the novel and they are immediately attracted to one another, yet (sometimes crazily unbelievable) circumstances keep them apart until the very end. Bed of Roses doesn’t do that. Of course there is tension and Emma and Jack have issues. But this novel is much more about their relationship; the reader doesn’t have to wait for them to get together.
Bed of Roses was an enjoyable novel that is wonderful if you’re looking for an escape. It’s nice to know that there are two more novels left in the series!