Masterfully crafted by Amy Rivers, “Wallflower Blooming” immerses readers into the life of a Colorado woman, a wallflower, who avoids conflict, keeps life simple and rarely rocks the boat. But when her cousin hires her to undertake the PR for a fierce mayoral campaign, heroine Val Shakely is rapidly forced to blossom and become hardy in the face of adversity. While steeped in romance and intrigue, Rivers’ narrative is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the female spirit. Val’s journey of personal growth serves as a beacon of hope for those who dream of being confident, courageous and even a little bit confrontational.
Chick lit has seen a huge surge in popularity of late, with both readers and critics seeking unique new storylines that don’t succumb to simply recycling the same old concepts. Colorado’s Amy Rivers is stepping up to the plate with gusto, weaving together a narrative that will touch readers’ hearts.
“Wallflower Blooming” is a showcase of female empowerment and a roadmap for every woman who wishes to take calculated risks – a cocktail of romance and politics. Val is facing turmoil from all directions, none of which she’s even sure she wants to tackle. As the story unravels, Val pushes herself to the breaking point but perseveres despite a frequent desire to quit the campaign and retreat to the shadows.
Val Shakely is a list-maker. Daily routine. Check. Calm, quiet (but successful) business. Check. No drama. No excitement. Some might call it boring, but it’s precisely the way Val likes it. She loves her hometown of Cambria, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and runs a fruitful PR firm. And that’s more than enough for Val. So what if she doesn’t have a social life? Then, her cousin Gwen decides to take on the local political bully, Roger Barton, in head-to-head combat for the mayoral seat and Val takes her firm reluctantly, and against her better judgment, into the fray. The minute Val takes on Gwen’s campaign, the safe world that she has carefully constructed begins to unravel. She feels the pressure of the campaign and the personal attacks by Gwen’s opponent. As if that weren’t complicated enough, Val finds herself falling in love. Val’s desire to stay on the sidelines is put to the test and she’s forced to reexamine the life she’s built while heading toward a new and more exciting future.
“At its core, the story is a journey through Val’s personal growth as she grapples with adversity. It reflects a dilemma that many women face,” explains Rivers. “I want to show that good things await women (and men!) who are willing to take risks and be brave enough to step outside their comfort zone. I think women often trap themselves in a rut of what they perceive as comfortable – and what better way to get inspired than with a romantic novel brimming with political drama just in time for this year’s election!”
“Initial reader feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” Rivers continues. “I’m delighted that my readers are connecting with the characters and message. I have a lot more stories to tell.”
Rivers’ novel has been received enthusiastically by readers. For example, R. Simmons comments: “I loved reading this book. Yes, it’s about friendship between two strong women, and yes there’s a love story (with some steamy steamy steamy scenes) but more interestingly to me it’s the story of how Val opens up and learns that sometimes things are not always as they seem.”
PMaz adds: “What a delightful story! Just enough tension to keep my interest. Believable, and sweet. Impressive for a first book. Looking forward to more.”
“Wallflower Blooming” is available now at https://amzn.com/0997353562
About the Author:
Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment. Perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master’s degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics. She was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. For more information, visit the author’s official website: http://www.amyrivers.com.