Love in Bloom was a light, enjoyable read. I liked that the main characters had a heart for others and were involved in their community. Paige and Clay were good for each other, and together they served others selflessly. Not only did they experience healing and growth but they helped others do the same.
Some parts of this book were well done while others not so much. I thought the suspenseful scenes (like the near drowning episode) were very well-written. I felt the tension and the frustration of the characters. Other scenes like Vic and Sam eating lunch and flirting with each other were very dry. Though I was told by the author that the two were attracted to each other, I didn't sense the chemistry or the attraction. I thought the underlying story was good, but it felt like a book written on formula rather than passion. There was a little too much telling and not enough showing. But it wasn't bad.