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The Lilac Bouquet

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Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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The age-old question of 'where do I come from?' is what drives this tale of a young woman determined to live-down her family heritage even as she seeks to discover it.

It was interesting to discover that this story has the distinction of being both an early work and a later work by the author so there is a feel of her early writing and also the maturity of her latest writing efforts.

I would also like to point out that regular fans of Carolyn Brown might go in expecting her usual light, fun down
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every time I start to read a new Carolyn Brown Women's Fiction story I think that there is no way she could ever outdo the previous story. Once again Carolyn Brown has proven me wrong. I just loved this book! I think it is now my absolute favorite! The author's characterization skills are phenomenal. She has the knack of being able to make her characters very realistic. No cookie-cutter characters here. They are not all sweet and full of fluff. No there are some mean ones, some very stubborn one ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having loved Maggie's Mistake by this author, I thought I'd give this one a go. Yet again, this was really good. An enjoyable easy listen with likeable characters.

I borrowed this in audiobook format through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, cozy, fun, humor, kindness
A darling cozy with some wonderful, sassy characters. A young woman takes a short term job taking care of a reclusive, elderly man. Everyone she know thinks this is a terrible idea but she does it anyway in order to make enough money for her dream wedding. Little did she know that it would change her life forever. Not high literature but I loved it.
Janet Rodman
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lilac Bouquet
By Carolyn Brown
The town of Hickory is rife with rumors and secrets that go back more than sixty years. The impact they have on the lives of the people living there, along with a love story, family feud, a new outlook on life and the discovery of long lost family form the basis of this story.
This story grabbed me within the first few pages. Emmy Jo is the central character in this story. She takes a job as an assistant to Seth Thomas, the town recluse to help pay for her wedding
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars Overall, this was just ok for me. I didn't really connect with the characters. They were so full of spite and hateful to each other and their respective grandkids. And one was a preacher! Then, wham! - all is forgiven! This also has some holes in it with timeline and so on that I hope gets fixed before it is actually published.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
Debby "Piene Raven"
Audiobook Review
This is the story of Emmy Jo Mason and her wish to not keep the Mason curse going with having children out of wedlock. She's loved only one man in her life and he is Logan Grady. She lives in the small town of Hickory where rumors and gossip are high on everyone's lips ... Not to mention secrets kept that will affect Emmy Jo and Logan's lives in the future.

The story begins with Emmy Jo, who decides to takes a job as an assistant to Seth Thomas, the town recluse to help pay for he
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars: An amazing tale of secrets, love, loss and living life to the fullest.

Tandy is furious at her great granddaughter Emmy Jo. Emmy Jo has gone and taken a job working for the reclusive Seth Thomas. There has been bad blood between Seth and Tandy for over sixty years. Emmy won't back down because she is determined to have her dream wedding, even if Tandy doesn't like her fiancé. Emmy will prove to the town once and for all that a Massey woman, after three generations of children born out
Rachel K
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been reading some real mediocre books lately so I figured it would be better to venture out and read something with a little more substance.

I've read CB before and have enjoyed her books. They're well written with a decent story that I can lose myself in for a few hours after the kids have gone to bed :)

I wanted to rate this more than 3.5 stars but in all honesty, I couldn't get past one of the characters. Tandy (Emmy Jo's great grandmother) was a real bitch 60 odd years ago and she's stil
Lisa Richards
I always enjoy one of Brown's amazing cowboy romances but this was the first contemporary romance of her's that I've read. She was as fabulous in this as in every other book of hers I've read. The humor and romance that you have come to expect from her stories are here along with a pretty good mystery. While I did miss the handsome cowboys, Logan was pretty darn outstanding. Wow, just goes to show that CB might be getting even better with age.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

I honestly can’t remember the last time I was so elated to get a book. As Carolyn Brown is one of my favorite authors, I couldn’t believe my luck at getting the opportunity of reviewing an advanced copy of The Lilac Bouquet. Confession time- the first time I read through it, I forgot I was supposed to review it. I was so engrossed in the story, I just didn’t look at from an “I need to do a write-up for this” aspect. So I waited a bit and reread it, and it was still so good, I got even more out o

Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nobody does Women Fiction better then Carolyn Brown! The Lilac Bouquet just about killed me! I cried buckets! My heart hurt for Seth and Mary, Nora and Matthew went through. Her Women Fiction book especially The Wedding Pearls, The Lavender Sky and now The Lilac Bouquet make me so emotional and cry that I sometimes forget that this is the same author that made me snort ice tea when reading Wild Cowboy Ways, Darn Good Cowboy Christmas and The Red-hot Chili Cook Off. I I finally got smart and now ...more
B. D. Mann
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aborted
With 77% of reviewers giving this offering 5 stars I was greatly disappointed in what I found. Having read nearly half of the book I simply could not continue. So-called Christian people who are bigoted, judgmental, unforgiving, and condescending seem to make up the bulk of a rather large cast of characters. The heroine, if you can call her that, demonstrates a complete disregard for Christian morality by secluding herself with her fiancé to play bedroom games as often as she can. Thankfully, th ...more
C.J. Butcher
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas—a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

Seth isn’t happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old
I downloaded a copy of this book from NetGalley to review.

First, I hate the cover. Yes, it is nice but I expected more from Montlake Romance. To this reader, it looks like someone went and purchased a stock photo, threw on some text and that was it. The cover is generic and does not show any promise to a good story.

I should have taken my opinion of the cover and not wasted my time reading this book. I found problems with the story very early.

First problem. In location 729 it states the follow
What a sweet story! Small towns can be wonderfully supportive while at the same time cruel. The author does a great job showing both sides of Hickory. I also liked the characters: Tandy as a no-nonsense head of the family and her great-granddaughter Emmy Jo. My favorite character was Seth, an octogenarian who made something of himself against all odds.

I look forward to listening to more of Carolyn Brown.

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Lis Carey
With a family history that includes three generations of Massey women having children out of wedlock, Emmy Jo Massey is determined to have a big, formal wedding with as much as possible of the town of Hickory, Texas in attendance. Raising the money for the big wedding includes taking a two-month job as a home health aide to town recluse Seth Thomas.

Her great-grandmother, Tandy, is absolutely opposed. She wants the child she raised when her granddaughter died going nowhere near Seth Thomas. Of co
Suze Lavender
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emmy Jo wants to invite the whole town to her wedding. She's determined to show everyone who judges her family that a Massey woman can get married. Emmy Jo is Tandy's great-granddaughter and they have a special bond. Her great-grandmother raised her as well as she could. Tandy is a woman who commands respect, but she has enemies in town and one of them is Seth, a local recluse. To pay for her dream wedding Emmy Jo is doing something Tandy doesn't like, she's going to work for Seth. He's just bro ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I loved this book! I love the southern charm and quirks found in Ms. Brown's books. Her characters in this story ranged from those about to get married and start the next part of their lives, to the great grandmother of the heroine and several gentlemen the same age. There were really old prejudices and hurts that needed to be resolved and parts of the older generations stories that needed to be brought to light. Emmy Jo goes about doing that when she goes to work as a health aide and assistant ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Pulled me in from the beginning. I love a good mystery or cozy mystery.

Emmy comes from a line of strong women that have made mistakes and continued their reputations of being on the wrong side of the tracks. Set in a small town where everyone knows everything before you even do it, the story is about a young woman on the verge of getting married. Her family has been at odds with her love's family for generations and both sides oppose the union. Emmy is determined to marry not only f
Nanette Buccola
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I have become a book snob. This is the type of book I loved to read in my free time back in high school. Not very deep or profound. But it was an easy read, fairly predictable and I loved the two main characters. Seth an 82 recluse that lives in a huge mansion by himself and the whole town avoids him. And then Emmy Jo the young girl hired to take care of Seth after he had hip surgery. Emmy Jo is doing it for the money to plan the wedding if her dreams. The whole town thinks she is crazy ...more
Vicky D.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I down loaded this book as part of the light reading I during vacation. Carolyn's book's are usually sappy but intense. This book was not intense but storywas much more well plotted then the others I have read by her. I wished this was the one I had read on vacation. I work in the industry and state that is outlined in the book and found it believable. I even found the characters taking on the faces of people I know!
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish. The story did not hold my interest. Didn't like the characters. Much ado and spite about nothing. Boring.
A charming and very heart warming story. Really enjoyed it, the narrator - Brittany Pressley was perfect for this book.
extraordinary ordinary whimsy
I finished this one last night and I find myself missing the characters today. They started feeling like friends.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This is a good book if you like a happy ending. I do like a happy ending. It wasn't too sappy, and I enjoyed the sass of the females throughout the story. The backstory was interesting, and helped to carry the plotline.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story all wrapped in a happily ever after bow. Exactly what I was looking for right now!
Annie Miller
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must Read!

So I've read several books by this author and have enjoyed them all however, this by far my favorite. Maybe it's because I fell in love with Emmy Jo and Seth or because I have a soft spot for the elderly and a high sense of right and wrong and I loved how Emmy Jo was so passionate about the injustices that Seth and his family suffered at the hands of others. It's a great story about love, friendship, kindness and forgiveness.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely read/listen. Young lovers preparing to wed must find a way to reconcile their feuding families. My rating 4.5 Story and Audio.

Emmy Jo Massey is a young woman who comes from a family of unwed mothers. Emmy is determined on getting married to her fiance, Logan Grady, so the whole town will know about it. The problem is that their great-grandparents are part of a long time feud, which includes the town recluse, Seth Thomas. These three won't be in the same room together, much less
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
While the ending was sweet, and I really loved Seth, something about this book wasn't really working for me.

This felt like two teenagers (but they're in their 20's) confusing a mutual love of sex and cheeseburgers for actual love. And the rest is people who spent a lifetime holding a grudge and living full of hate. Overall, the story wasn't particularly moving, but wasn't terrible.
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