Hey, Olivia Rose here…well, Olivia Rose-Meyer. I’m just sneaking in here ahead of time so you’ll hear my side of the story first, and not just from my cousin, Audrey Bloom. Not that we don’t get along--because we do. (Grandma Mae would roll over in her grave if she thought we didn’t!)
In fact, Audrey and I work together every day in the little flower shop we bought in Ramble, Virginia--called the Rose in Bloom. I’m the older and probably more practical of the two, so I run most of the day-to-day business, while Audrey is the wedding coordinator. And she does a great job of that, even if she has her own way of doing it.
Now, that sounded a little snarky, but I really didn’t mean it that way. You see, Audrey has a romantic streak and is really into the old Victorian language of flowers. She can’t make a single arrangement without thinking of what the flowers mean and how the meanings blend. I guess some of our brides like it, but we haven’t been selling a lot of yellow tulips, for instance, since she started telling customers they represent “hopeless love.” I keep asking her if she can change it to “hopelessly in love,” but she won’t hear of it!
Still, she must be doing something right. I recently did a little checking with a reporter from our local paper, the Ramble On, and none of the brides who have carried her bouquets down the aisle have ever split up. She doesn’t know it, but the reporter is coming to interview her soon. I’d rather surprise her, so she doesn’t stress out over it.
Am I keeping secrets? Maybe more than one…
As the co-owner of The Rose in Bloom, Audrey Bloom creates magnificent flower arrangements for brides to be. Though helping to plan a wedding can be stressful, it’s nothing compared to the groom turning up dead.Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen, releases on April 1, 2014, from Berkley Prime Crime. Now available for pre-order from http://www.amazon.com/Bloom-Bridal-Bouquet-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00F9F0SXU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1380326503&sr=1-1