cover image The Little Flower Shop

The Little Flower Shop

Lori Foster. Canary Street, $18.99 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-335-50638-2

In this adorable contemporary romance, bestseller Foster returns to Cemetery, Ind., (first visited in The Honeymoon Cottage) to pair up two more town residents. At 41, long-divorced Emily Lucretia, owner of the town’s flower shop, believes love has passed her by—though she regularly aims admiring looks at the town’s most eligible bachelor, Saul Culver. Saul owns the local barbecue joint and has long been interested in Emily and eager to connect, but she’s oblivious to her own appeal. After her uncle Sullivan is hospitalized, Emily focuses all of her attention on him and Saul provides support. Meanwhile, the town’s well-meaning residents a start a hashtag, #theflowerlady, intended to move Emily from the background to the foreground. As Emily slowly acclimates to being in the spotlight, she and Saul begin to get serious—until an unexpected arrival adds uncertainty. The author masterfully blends heat and sweet in a fast-paced plot helmed by a charming hero and heroine. The result is exactly the heartwarming happily ever after that Foster’s fans expect. Agent: Maureen Walters, Curtis Brown. (May)