Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Blossom Sisters, The New Rules For Blondes

When it comes to diversity in life, books can take you in so many directions. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on a lighthearted story featuring three sisters well past retirement age and a new take on a hair color that has spanned the ages and withstood way too many jokes.


THE BLOSSOM SISTERS wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but itBlossom Sisters Cover was a charming story that I enjoyed as it had me laughing at times.

Narrator Jeff Crawford does a wonderful job of bringing the various characters to life, including Wilson. His interruption of the emotions draws the listener in.

Gus Hollister went against the advice of his grandmother Rose, his Aunts Iris and Violet, and everyone else to marry Elaine. Now he’s paying dearly for it. Elaine has taken the house, his car and is filing for divorce. The only thing she gave him was his clothes and his dog, Wilson.

Choosing the gold-digger over his family alienated him from those he loves and they aren’t ready to forgive him yet. Gus is determined to make amends with his grandmother and his aunts with the help of his best friend, Barney. 

Working to redeem himself in the eyes of his family, Gus becomes the man he should have been. Seeking forgiveness from his family for his mistakes, Gus also discovers new friendships he never expected and that there is true love.

THE BLOSSOM SISTERS isn’t just a story about three elderly sisters like I thought it would be. It’s about family, friendship, loyalty, helping others, and finding peace with yourself. Author Fern Michaels has created zany, realistic characters you’d like to know in real life. The sisters are spirited and spunky. They aren’t seniors willing to give up on life or living.

The friendship between Gus and Barney is the type we all hope for - friends forever through good and bad. Michaels even brings out the bond between man and his dog. In addition, she gives insight into being productive long after retirement age.

The story moves at a steady pace with a few surprises and twists along the way. Michaels shows how someone can be more connected to a person they dislike than they realize. This is what I call a ‘feel-good’ story that will have you laughing at the antics of some of the characters. THE BLOSSOM SISTERS will warm you heart and give you a new perspective on a few things.

Author Fern Michaels’ website is
The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels, Performed by Jeff Crawford, Brilliance Audio, @2013, ISBN: 978-1455812752, Unabridged, 7 Discs, Listening Time: 8 Hours, 2 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Being born blonde, I was intrigued by author Selena Coppock’s latestcover release, THE NEW RULES FOR BLONDES: HIGHLIGHTS FROM A FAIR-HAIRED LIFE, and had to know more.

From the moment you start reading, Coppock will have you smiling no matter your hair color. And the humor doesn’t stop until the last paragraph.

While I was reading this delightful book, I was also fortunate to be able to listen to the audio version read by the author herself. I must say this just enriched the story that much more. To hear the author vocalize the emotions of the story made it seem like a conversation with a friend. Her expressions are priceless.

This is a collection of essays from the standup comedian that form a hilarious guide to being blonde. She tackles how the world doubts the intelligence of blondes while secretly wanting to be one. Coppock gives tongue-in-cheek advice about hair care and running in heels, while relating some of her own misadventures as a blonde.

You might even say this is an empowering book. Listening to the audio version with ear buds, you don’t mind the looks you get from strangers when you laugh out loud or find yourself agreeing with the author (out loud). You’ll just smile at them, flip your hair and go on.

THE NEW RULES FOR BLONDES is a must read book for anyone who enjoys life and laughing. Simply put, this book (both print and audio) is fun entertainment.

Author Selena Coppock’s website is
The New Rules For Blondes: Highlights From A Fair-Haired Life by Selena Coppock, ItBooks, @2013, ISBN: 978-0062131812, Paperback, 256 Pages 

The New Rules For Blondes, Highlights From A Fair-Haired Life by Selena Coppock, Read by Selena Coppock, Harper Audio, @2013, ASIN: B00BU9A3V6, Unabridged, Digital Download, Listening Time: 6 Hours, 38 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. The digital download audio version of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copies of both formats did not influence my review.
Thanks for dropping by today. Have you read a book while listening to the audio version? Do you enjoy stories were the main characters are a bit older?


  1. Mason - Thanks for these reviews. Sometimes audio books can be wonderful ways to experience stories. I'm glad you enjoyed these. As I was reading your review of The Blossom Sisters, I couldn't help but think of what a powerful influence family can be, and how important their opinions can be. That one sounds like an interesting book.

  2. Two great reviews! Both sound like books I would enjoy.

  3. Those both sound like fun books! Thanks for the tips :)


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