Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wild Poppy (Wildflowers #4) by Vivian Winslow | Blog Tour and Giveaway | A Book Review

Wild Poppy
Vivian Winslow
(Wildflowers, #4)

Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

The daughter of a renown media mogul, Poppy Koslowski has her life turned upside down overnight when her father is indicted for a massive fraud that leads to the loss of her family’s fortune. In the wake of the scandal, Poppy moves to Paris at the behest of her aunt, the Countess Domel, who, unbeknownst to Poppy, intends to find a wealthy husband for her niece in order to ensure her future. Poppy, however, has her own dreams of finishing school and realizing her goal of becoming an award-winning journalist. When she meets Henri Olin, the passionate and seductive illegitimate son of one of France’s most powerful politicians, his political and social ideology introduces Poppy to a world very different from her own. Yet, Poppy ultimately learns that everything comes at a price, even love. After suffering a devastating loss, Poppy finds herself alone and virtually penniless, and is forced to make her way back to America to piece together the remnants of her life in New York City. There, she rediscovers her passion once again, only to be confronted with yet another life choice, one that will forever shape her destiny.

My One Cent

Wild Poppy (Wildflowers #4) by Vivian Winslow | Blog Tour | A Book Review

This is the sad life of Poppy. Like all girls who were disillusioned by love and the promise of forever, Poppy was a victim. She had to make choices which were not really ideal but were the best she could manage at that time. The harsh realities she had to face made her mature and shaped her into a person far beyond her expectations. Like in real life, experiences, especially traumatic and heartbreaking ones, either make us stronger and wiser or break us or kill us. But what also doesn't kill us makes us stronger and hopefully,  more careful and a lesson learned. 

Poppy learned a great deal from her experiences and she had become too careful in trusting and opening her heart to anyone. She was sorry for what she was forced to do but was resolved to be better and hopefully correct or make up for those past mistakes. 

I liked how the story ended. It promised the redemption that Poppy wished and worked hard for. Although, it seems that it will not be an easy feat. She might have to exhaust all assets and opportunities at her disposal to get what she really yearned to happen. I am really teased to read the next book. I am hoping that Poppy will finally seize her dream. At the same time, it is a prelude also to another heartache and probable betrayal --of things and persons not really looking out for Poppy's sake and welfare. 

Ah, some of the characters here seem to be not what they really appear to Poppy. I think they were not really true to Poppy. She thought she knew them but she might just be in for the greatest shock of her life. I can't wait for book five. I am dying to know what awaits Poppy now that her financial and love life is far better. Will she finally have it all? 

I give the book 4/5 cups of coffee. This book will take you to the streets of Chicago to the bustling and lively city of Paris to the chaos and charm of New York. It's as if you were in there in these three cities with Poppy savoring, smelling and feeling. This will also make you think --love or security? The first choice will not necessarily promise a secure future. Like in the story, it may even lead to excruciating heartbreak that will be hard to recover from. There are no guarantees but you can live in the moment, there is sure to be happiness or maybe even everlasting joy. The second choice just promises material and worldly things, not love or affection, commitment or loyalty. All form and no substance. Which would you choose? Both has its own degree of disappointment just in different forms. And I guess the choice will depend on what you value most, just like Poppy, her Mom, and her aunt.

Thank you again, Xpressobooktours and Vivian Winslow, for the copy.

And heartache isn't something that can be contained. It creates a ripple effect that damages everything in its wake.
- Vivian Winslow, Wild Poppy -

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Author Bio:
Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job and her incurable wanderlust. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years.
New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of fashion, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her eating at the newest restaurant in her beloved Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.