Aug 22, 2012

Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook

Claire Cook dazzles once again in this winning and witty 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 round-the-clock personal assistant to the family star: her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag.

As the family wallflower, Deirdre feels stuck in her job, living on her brother’s New England compound, and in a relationship that’s been going nowhere for the last ten years. After drowning her sorrows in a bottle of vodka one night, Deirdre comes up with an idea.

She’ll use Tag’s massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute replacement on Dancing with the Stars. It’ll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre Griffin’s fifteen minutes of fame have begun!

Set against the backdrop of Austin, Boston, and L.A., WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM is irresistible, offbeat, and with a thoroughly relatable and appealing heroine. It is an original and deeply satisfying story of one woman who’s ready to take a leap into the spotlight, no matter where she lands.

Title: Wallflower in Bloom
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Touchstone
Pub Date: June 05, 2012
ISBN: 9781451672763

Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan and is now the bestselling author of nine novels, including Must Love Dogs, which became a movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, and Wallflower in Bloom, which Publishers Weekly calls “fun and inspiring … Cook’s humor and narrative inspiration are impeccable.” Read an excerpt and find book club questions at

Enter the world of celebrities and the "behind the scenes" people who make them look good ... all the time. Deirdre is tired of being the family wallflower and catering to every whim of her brother and her parents.

One day, in total frustration, she sends a letter to the producers of Dancing with the Stars. However, she signs the letter as Tag, her famous brother. The letter recommends that Deirdre be considered as a last minute contestant on the new competition scheduled to begin almost immediately.

Deirdre instantly finds herself in the media spotlight, and she's in over her head. Her dancing partner recognizes something in her spirit and determination that even Deirdre herself doesn't recognize.

Most people would give up and hide themselves in humiliation, yet Deirdre kept on going. At first she wanted to prove something to her family, in spite of the way she feels about them. Before long, she realizes that more than anything, she has something to prove to herself.

I loved this inspiring story of what can be accomplished if we are willing to take a risk, no matter what our age or our background. I hope there is a sequel to this one, I want to know what happens next in the life of Deirdre. She is a fascinating, funny and very "real" woman on a mission to finally claim a life of her own.

A little after-thought: Chiasmus is one of my new favourite words. If you don't know what a chiasmus is, check out this book!


  1. oooh, how about linking this in to Books You Loved: August edition? Cheers

  2. Thank you so much for this fabulous review, Janet Ruth! You made my day!

    All my best,