Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Emma's Review: Wildflower Park – Part Two: A Budding Romance by Bella Osborne

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Life’s not always a walk in the park…

When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn't be falling for?

Anna’s neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.

Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve…

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Many thanks to Avon Books UK via NetGalley for my copy of Wildflower Park: Part Two: A Budding Romance to review and to Sharon for having my review on the blog.

A Budding Romance is the second in the four part Wildflower Park serial by Bella Osborne which later in the year will be published as a full length novel for those that have the patience to wait and read it all in one go. I don't possess that patience and I'm always eager to read each part as it becomes available. I love being able to dip in and out of the story and as it is so short it's enjoyable to have something quick to read in between finishing and beginning more  longer books. A Budding Romance romance picks up exactly where part one left off and as it wasn't that long since I had been first introduced to to Anna and Sophie everything was very much fresh in my mind.

Anna's ex is back on the scene but instead of it being personal, he has intruded into her professional life whereas really she would very much prefer if he didn't feature on her radar any more in any capacity. Stick to restructuring the company and working on redundancies but keep Anna out of things - that's her motto when it comes to Liam. She knows deep in her heart that taking him back would be a very bad idea and sets about making him jealous and putting him off her trail. This was a funny little side plot where Anna and Sophie had presumptions about a certain person and were using it to their advantage.

Admittedly because of the way the story and characters were written I presumed the very same thing which turned out not to be true at all. It goes to show never judge people on first appearance or actions, take the time to get to know them that little bit better. The storyline from part one regarding texts that started out as a mistake and began to turn into something else did get more of a spotlight this time. Whether it worked out the way I and many other readers would have thought is up for debate and to find out you'll have to read this story.

I felt we got to know Anna and her best friend Sophie a lot more this time around. We are getting beneath the outer exterior of Anna and slowly starting to understand what motivates her and why she thinks the way she does and why she has certain opinions and beliefs. She is a person who struggles to relinquish control and likes order to exist in her life whenever at all possible. She can never relax  and always keeps her mind occupied and I sense there has to be a significant reason behind this mentality which we will more than likely discover the answers to the further we move through the story. I love that Anna is a very independent woman but I think the time has come for her to step outside of her comfort zone and test new waters. But will she be brave enough to take the next step?

As for Sophie, I'm slowly beginning to warm to her. In part one she proved to be such a frustrating character not happy with her lot in life and in my eyes she was always complaining. But now I'm starting to see in what direction Bella Osborne is taking this character and I have a lot more sympathy for her. Sophie feels trapped in her marriage and with baby number three on the way she is crying out for support and help from husband Dave who just seems oblivious to his wife’s wants and needs. Basically she is in a situation she sees no way out of and is begging almost but Dave is putting his head in the sand believing he does the best he can and that most of the daily home life should be left to the mother figure. I won't class their relationship as an equal partnership by any means. Sophie feels like she is on treadmill that there is no possibility of jumping off. There is no excitement in her life any more.

Things regrading Sophie's situation end on a cliffhanger so I am desperate now to discover what happens next in part three Oopsy Daisy. A Budding Romance was a lovely, quick, easy and enjoyable read and I think the best is yet to come with parts three and four when the story will take off even further.

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