Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook
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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.
 

About Claire Cook

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Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was forty-five. At fifty, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is the bestselling author of eight other novels and divides her time between the suburbs of Atlanta and Boston. Visit ClaireCook.com.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Touchstone. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Meanwhile, no one is running Tag’s empire, and the family, all employed by Tag (including both his ex-wives), wants Deirdre back.

May 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Wallflower in Bloom: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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“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”...

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Examiner

It’s a fragrant reminder that the garden of life sometimes blooms when most would think it dying and inspires the courage to ask “what if?” and “what’s the worst that could happen?” Encouraging readers to challenge themselves, “Wallflower in Bloom” is currently available for purchase, released b...

Jun 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Wallflower in Bloom: A Novel

Examiner

Now, creating them is second nature to Deirdre and Tag, and he has her write his down so he doesn't forget them.

Jun 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Wallflower in Bloom: A Novel

New York Journal of Books

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“. . . hits the mark . . .”

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Book Reporter

Deirdre Griffin's brother, Tag, is a famous New Age guru (Deirdre describes him as "Deepak Chopra meets Bono") whose "tagline" is "Do.

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City Book Review

But when Tag crosses one line too many, Deidre is finally forced to face the emptiness of a life lived through someone else’s glory.

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Vibrant Nation

It will take a blow-up fight with Tag, an interview disaster, and a loss to make Deirdre finally take a look at where she is in life.

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