Sunday, 2 June 2019

Emma's Review: Wildflower Park – Part Four: Rooting for You 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 Four to review and to Sharon for having my review on the blog.

They do say save the best for last and that's certainly the case with part four of Bella Osborne's Wildflower Park: Rooting for You. The first three parts to this book were nice enough reads but honestly I didn't think anything truly exciting happened to make me truly care about the characters and the eventual outcome for them but that all changed when I read the final instalment. Finally we got a bit of action and all the little strands of the story began to weave together and make sense. Without doubt this was the best part of the book simply because there was no more hovering around issues and not coming out with things that desperately needed to be said. Now was the time to confront everything that had been kept deeply hidden for so long. With this time of realisation there were lots of surprises and shocks thrown in which didn't feel contrived at all. It all added to the overall excitement and drama which culminated in a deeply satisfying conclusion to Anna's story.

When we last left Anna and Sophie things were taking a very dramatic turn but thankfully everything works out OK and the tension that has existed between Sophie and her husband is resolved in the most cutest of ways. Sophie then takes more of a back seat in this part of the book and I was glad because I really felt there wasn't much more that could be done with her character and as I have previously mentioned she was wasn't my favourite due to the amount of moaning she did. I knew how unhappy she was, and the various reasons why, but I just couldn't warm to her. Now the focus shifts more to Anna, she conquers one of her fears and flies to New York with her work colleague Hudson. He eases her through the flight and makes her time in the Big Apple magical whilst they also get some work done. When it is revealed why Anna hates flying and has a huge fear of heights everything really made sense and I felt a much deeper affection and connection to her.

I guessed fairly early on in this book that something, or maybe even more than one thing, in the past had affected how she lives her life now and that unless she could confront and overcome these issues then she was very much stuck in a stalemate situation with no moving forward only constantly regressing backwards. A lovely bond begins to develop between the Anna and Hudson but Anna's fears of commitment and whether a man really wants her begin to rear their ugly head once more. At this point I really did wish she would just open up and confess everything because by continuing to harbour secrets, insecurities and worries they will only eat you up and she would never find the peace, love and acceptance she so clearly needed. There was someone waiting to embrace her with open arms but as she has more than one option and her feelings and past events are holding her back I wondered would she ever open her eyes to what was right before her?

It really did feel like part four was a completely different story to the previous three sections as there was a very surprising turn of events which really made me sit up and pay attention. It was edge of your seat stuff and I was kicking myself that although I had my doubts about a certain someone I never ventured any further with my suspicions. The clues were all there to see but it is only as Anna opens up and explains what went on in the past that the events of the present made perfect sense. Things got a bit sinister and scary to be honest and I wondered would Anna be able to come out of things on the other side stronger or would this shatter her already fragile state even further? I was eagerly turning the pages keen to discover how things would turn out to see would Anna get the happy ending she deserved if at all? If she did then who would it be with or would the ending be a total revelation and surprise? One thing is for certain my opinion of Anna definitely changed when I was reading Rooting for You and because part four was a much better read than what had gone before I would have no hesitation in recommending Wildflower Park. It's a good read perfect for the long sunny, Summer days which stretch out before us.

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