Friday, November 12, 2021

Tahira in Bloom: A Novel by Farah Heron

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

Life is full of surprises in a winning novel about a girl dreaming big during one unexpected small-town summer.

When seventeen-year-old aspiring designer Tahira Janmohammad’s coveted fashion internship falls through, her parents have a Plan B. Tahira will work in her aunt’s boutique in the small town of Bakewell, the flower capital of Ontario. It’s only for the summer, and she’ll get the experience she needs for her college application. Plus her best friend is coming along. It won’t be that bad.

But she just can’t deal with Rowan Johnston, the rude, totally obsessive garden-nerd next door with frayed cutoffs and terrible shoes. Not to mention his sharp jawline, smoldering eyes, and soft lips. So irritating. Rowan is also just the plant-boy Tahira needs to help win the Bakewell flower-arranging contest—an event that carries clout in New York City, of all places. And with designers, of all people. Connections that she needs!

No one is more surprised than Tahira to learn that floral design is almost as great as fashion design. And Rowan? Turns out he’s more than ironic shirts and soil under the fingernails. Tahira’s about to find out what she’s really made of—and made for. Because here in the middle of nowhere, Tahira is just beginning to bloom.

my thoughts:

Such a great book! I just LOVED Farah Heron's novel, Tahira in Bloom. Talk about YA at its very best!

Tahira loves FASHION and is excited about an internship that will help her get the ball rolling on becoming a designer. Except, the internship falls through and with it so do her dreams (well, sort of).  Luckily, her parents have an idea of how she now spend her summer - working in her aunt's boutique in Bakewell, Ontario.  Say what? Instead of working in the fashion industry, she'll be selling tops at her aunt's shop? Ugh. At least her BFF can join her. Plus, she can use the experience when filling out her college application. So, it can't be that bad, right? Except, there is Rowan - the boy next door who is obsessed with flowers. Yep, he's into gardening, which what Bakewell is all about - it is the flower capital of Ontario after all.   And, Rowan is cute, in spite of his dirt encrusted nail. Oh, and he's also Tahira's ticket to NYC. Turns out there is a flower arranging competition that includes a trip to NYC and Tahira wants in. Except, she's allergic to flowers and will need Rowan's help to win. Talk about a meet-cute! And, that is all I will share about this fabulous read - you need to check it out for yourself!

Heron has written a fun and engaging story about first love, growing up, friendship, and family. She's created a terrific cast of characters that are relatable and likable. And, she's written an entertaining story that you won't want to put down. What a delightful read!

I would happily recommend Tahira in Bloom to fans of Heron and to anyone looking for their next fun read - you will LOVE this book to bits!

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

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