Title: When in Bloom (Southern Charm #4)
Author Name: Nicole Dennis
Publication Date : January 23, 2015
Could the personal challenges of a former Army doctor and a brilliant florist get in the way of a chance at life and love?
Fighting Type One diabetes since childhood, Jude Sebastian runs to prove he can live a normal life, until epileptic seizures begin to change his life. Even with Dawson, his Medical Alert Golden Labrador, at his side Jude finds daily life difficult. He owns the floral shop, Flowers in the Breeze, and designs everything from simple bouquets to elaborate themes for weddings and celebrations.
At the Shore Breeze Clinic, Jude comes across a man clearly suffering with a PTSD episode. A new arrival in the small town, Doctor Elliott Sheffield, a retired Army Ranger doctor is looking for a second chance after what he saw in the Middle Eastern deserts.
Wanting a normal relationship, Jude tries to deny his disorders, but something is happening. He can’t regulate his sugars and his disorder worsens. When he returns to the clinic, Dawson alerts him to an oncoming seizure.
Will the personal issues and challenges of both men get in the way of a chance at love?
Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes referencing PTSD, seizures and diabetes.
PTSD is discussed in this story, with war triggers.
I had not read the previous books in this series, but didn’t feel like I was missing much. Dennis did a great job at allowing a reader who just picked this story up to really know the characters.
Jude is such a kind soul. He exudes softness – and it’s not only because he had a medical dog, Dawson, who is also adorable. Jude has this calmness about him.
Elliott is a war vet, ER doctor who decides he needs a new pace to help him continue dealing with his PTSD flashbacks.
The “meet cute” was SO ADORABLE! Definitely a made for movie scene. Both Jude and Elliott come through their own trials, but through their love, stubbornness and friendship, both will find their way. I liked the community that this story takes place in – I hope communities like this really do exist.
I would read this author again, simply based on how much I enjoyed this story.