Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now her burgeoning baby bump, hormone-infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister, Danica, glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie's insecurities rise to the forefront - and her relationship with fiancé Chaz Crew is caught in the crossfire.
Chaz Crew has everything he's ever wanted: a lovely fiancée, a baby on the way, and soon the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he's called away to woo the festival's largest sponsor - and the lover he's never admitted to having - secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.
With her baby shower around the corner and her fiancé's big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together - and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds - and their hearts.
Sisters in Bloom is part of the Love in Bloom series. While Sisters in Bloom can be listened to as a standalone novel, for even more listening enjoyment you may want to listen to the entire Love in Bloom series in order.
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Kaylie & Chaz!
Sisters in Bloom
Snow Sisters, Book 2
By: Melissa Foster
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
These Snow sisters are so much fun to follow! This is the second book in the Snow Sisters series it features Danica's younger sister, Kaylie. She is pregnant with her boyfriend Chaz's baby, and is finding the further along her pregnancy gets, the less music gigs she is getting. This is cutting down her confidence. Chaz has a huge event coming up and has to go on a business trip to iron out the details. Secrets from his past are looming and if they come out before he tell Kaylie, things may get complicated. Will these two work to find their happily ever after? I love Kaylie. She is younger sister, and it's hard to see past the perfection of the first child. But her talent and perseverance are qualities to keep her going. Chaz is wonderful. He knows what he wants, what is important and what he needs to keep it. And I love how Melissa Foster has woven the history of Danica and Kaylie's parents into the story, and how it effects both girls. She is a master of giving us that relevant issue and lets us invest our hearts to find the answers along with her characters. Plus we have glimpses of Danica and Blake, which is just icing on the cake. I love stories that flow from book to book, letting us feel that sense of family and community. Loving this series and can't wait for book 3.
BJ Harrison is such a wonderful story teller. He is perfect for these books. He has a calming tone which is pleasant and makes the listen flow easily. I am enjoying his portrayal of this family.
Sisters, a baby, and a hot baby daddy
Sisters in Love takes us back to Colorado to be with Danica and Kaylee. In this book we get to experience the love between Kaylee and her “baby daddy” Chaz. This book has many highs and lows and definitely keeps you questioning whether Kaylee and Chaz will survive the challenges. I personally love how real these two are and how their relationship isn’t perfect but they are always willing to keep trying to make it work. Give this book a listen and I’m sure you’ll fall in love too!!
Angst, drama and change
Sisters in Bloom is largely the story of Kaylie Snow who is 8 months pregnant worried about her burgeoning weight, her flagging singing career, doubting Chaz, her fiancée’s, fidelity, and trying desperately not to turn into her mother. Having always been the free-spirited, fun-loving, pretty girl, Kaylie is experiencing many of the self-doubts experienced by new mothers to be. At the same time her sister Danica is faced with decisions to make about her relationship with her boyfriend, Blake. The arrival of their mother, who has undergone changes of her own, results in challenges and introspection from both sisters. Add in side stories of other characters in the Snow Sister’s orbit and there is more than enough drama to go around.
As is her style, Melissa Foster writes complex multi-layered books that tend to center on relationships and character growth with romance as more of a vehicle for the characters to learn and grow. While it had its steamy moments, this book was particularly emotional with the over-the-top emotions and angst raging in Kaylie. I finished this book feeling rather battered and overwhelmed by the intense emotions.
I found Kaylie to be very self-centered and self-absorbed. More worried about being pretty and thin after her baby is born, whining about a drop off in her singing gigs and constantly carrying on about not wanting to turn into her mother (who she perceived as being weak because she stayed with their father in spite of his infidelity). I really did not like her as a person and often just wanted to slap her and tell her to grow up. I disliked her almost hatred of her mother, when I felt she should be supporting her mom and seeing how she did what she did for her girls. Kaylie’s lack of self-awareness was consistent with her self-centeredness. Several times during the book she would say to herself that she was not that person that did X, Y or Z and I practically laughed out loud thinking, “Oh yeah, that is you exactly, honey.” The way that Danica constantly put her own happiness on hold or had it take a back seat to Kaylie’s drama also drove me nuts.
Fortunately, Kaylie seeks out help in sorting out her emotions and gaining more self-awareness. By the end of the book, she was beginning to make amends with her mother and started to dial back the self-centeredness. I don’t think I will ever like her, but she became a more likeable person. Danica, who we met in the first Snow Sisters book, has grown with her relationship with Blake and continues to grow in this book as she deals with her sisters’ drama as well as that of friends and co-workers at her new community center. I look forward to seeing the stories of many of the secondary characters evolve in future books. I like that the author tackles real-life topics (such as a woman’s doubts and career fears when pregnant) and has her characters learn and grow over the course of the book.
B. J. Harrison did his usual remarkable job with the narration. His smooth voice is easy to listen to and he voices each character very effectively. I will look for him in other series.
***I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my own, unbiased review.***