From the acclaimed bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty new novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”
Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound.
Then Deirdre’s sometime boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows in Tag’s expensive vodka, Deirdre decides to use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute Dancing with the Stars replacement. It’ll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre’s fifteen minutes of fame have begun.
Irresistible and offbeat, Wallflower in Bloom is an original and deeply satisfying story of having the courage to take a leap into the spotlight, no matter where you land.
Cook's newest novel (after Best Staged Plans) is a fun and inspiring read. Family wallflower Deirdre Griffin has played second fiddle her entire life to her siblings, none more so than brother Tag, "a cross between a guru and a rock star," according to Deirdre. "Think Deepak Chopra meets Bono." With Deirdre working as Tag's personal assistant and gatekeeper, her status doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon, especially since Tag is on the cusp of becoming America's "next big thing," putting Deirdre in charge of managing his "brand" 24/7. During an event in Austin, Tex., the two have a heated exchange, and Deirdre impulsively quits, taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity to appear on Dancing with the Stars, a move that might help her come out of both her shell and her brother's shadow. Cook's humor and narrative execution is impeccable; Deirdre's increasing self-consciousness elicits support for her to overcome insecurity and endure in her journey to find happiness and fulfillment on her own terms.
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Fun Fun Fun
Deidre lives in the shadow of her famous brother. Employed as his personal assistant, she manages his life, business, and social media until one day she has just had enough. She quits (again). All she wants to do is dance. After a night of unusual cocktails made with her brother's expensive liquor, she hijacks his social media sites encouraging Tag's followers to vote for her as the wildcard replacement on Dancing with Stars.
She quickly finds that solo dancing in her hotel rooms does not qualify her to dance. It is going to take a lot of hard work and determination and this time she must emerge from the shadows and bloom.
Not up to snuff
I normally like Claire Cook but found myself plodding through this novel. I found most of the characters unrelatable and rather unlikable....