Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Daisy’s Dilemma by Debbie Viggiano!
Sparks are set to fly in this gorgeous romantic comedy about love, trust, and new beginnings.
Florist Daisy is loved-up and blossoming. Boyfriend Dominic has proposed marriage!
However, Dominic isn’t in any rush to buy a ring, and meeting the parents is looong overdue. What is the problem? After all, Daisy’s mum has already bought her big hat and wants to know the wedding date!
Then careless words plant seeds of doubt and, like weed, Daisy’s concerns begin to multiply. Is Dominic hiding something?
Meanwhile, sexy ex Harry is back on the scene and begging Daisy for a reconciliation. He thought the grass was greener with HER but now says he made a mistake. Is Harry – for once – being genuine, or simply leading Daisy up the garden path?
New neighbour Seth seems like a fun guy, but a single throwaway comment has Daisy mimicking a species of Calla Lily – Red Alert! It’s time to do some digging. But even she never anticipated a mad car chase across London or unearthing a shocking secret that changes everything.
Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge or eat her secret stash of chocolate.
Daisy is a 35-year-old owner of her own floral shop called Daisy’s Blooms in a quiet village outside of London. She works with her best friend Becky, who was a very entertaining character and I am glad that the reader learned more about her throughout the story. It did make me envious of both Daisy and Becky that they are best friends that get to work together as I would love to work with my best friend every day, if we were even in the same industry. She used to be married to Harry, but soon discovered that he was cheating on her after six months of marriage. Through this incident, she had a hard time trusting others again until Dominic came along. Even though he is five years her junior, she is excited that he proposed and cannot wait to get married again. Well, things might not be as great as she thinks as potential cracks in the relationship begin to show.
As the synopsis highlights Daisy’s dilemma of who to trust, I liked that this story included an additional dilemma that I did not see coming at the very beginning of the story. It is interesting to see Daisy’s thought process in that moment and the decision she ultimately made. (I cannot fully discuss it, though, as it would spoil part of the story.) Even though Dominic proposed, Daisy still does not have a ring and she has not even met his parents. Dominic is also gone a lot for his job, which means that he is not around a lot to discuss the wedding. Things also are not helped when Daisy’s ex-husband, Harry reenters the picture and seems to want her back; even though he is currently together with the woman, he cheated on Daisy with. On top of everything, Daisy’s new neighbor Seth moves in and seems to be interested in her.
Even though there seems to be three different men interested in Daisy, it is not a typical love square story where it is Daisy choosing between her three suitors. Instead, the author keeps the focus on Daisy herself as she works through the trust issues that came from her time with Harry. Ultimately, she does make a decision between the three, but I liked how naturally it was done, as it did not seem forced or a decision out of character.
Automatically, I knew I did not like Dominic or Harry. Although some people may not mind it, I am not a fan of someone immediately hanging up the phone when I enter the room. To me, that would be enough of a red flag that things are not right. An immediate conversation would take place between us. However, all people are different, so this might not be the case with everyone. Harry cheated on Daisy, so I immediately had no interest in Daisy reconciling with him. Seth did not seem bad, but based on the other two men; I was constantly anticipating that something would come up for him. Even though I had my own preferences, ultimately I rooted for Daisy and just wanted the character to be happy. It was a great job on the part of the author as I, as a reader, cared for Daisy and wanted a nice happy ending for her character, even if I potentially would not agree with her choice.
I have not read any novels by Debbie Viggiano, but I loved her writing style as it was engaging and enjoyable, so I will definitely have to check out any and all other novels. There were a lot of humor written into the story and Daisy’s inner monologue was very entertaining. Based on her past, her thought process is now a little more skeptical, but she still is full of hope and just wants the best. She has a lot going on in her mind at all times and sometimes says things she does not mean to out loud and chooses to keep other things to herself. The cast of characters that you love and hate were a great mix and were all well written. This is an excellent story to read in an afternoon as it keeps you interested from start to finish!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources and the author, Debbie Viggiano, for the opportunity to participate with this excellent and heartwarming novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**