Fern is glaring thirty in the face and can't ignore the love lies any longer. Life with Adam was amazing once - although these days swinging from the chandeliers means D.I.Y not S.E.X. She believes a romantic wedding should be the next step but Adam just won't go down on one knee. Then a...
Fern: Fern is the main character of this book. At 30 years old, she is ready to get married and start living her life. Flowers have always been her lifelong passion, and she made a career of it by working as a florist in her friend's flower shop. Fern is ambitious and her goal is to simply be happy with the people she loves, but she is also impatient and often makes hasty decisions. However, she knows what she wants and she always does what she thinks is right.
Scott Taylor: Scott is one of the UK's hottest rock stars. Sexy, exuberant, and wild, Scott is any girl's dream man. He comes off as passionate, kind, and caring, but also has a very big selfish streak that gets him into trouble. He relies heavily on other people to manage his problems, but he pushes hard to achieve success.
Adam: Adam is Fern's boyfriend of four years. He works as a rigger in the music industry, and doesn't have too much planned for his future. He seems non-committal and unsure of his next step, but he is fiercely loyal to those he loves. Adam comes off as a simple guy, but has a lot of surprising characteristics that make him intelligent and obviously attractive.
Jess: Jess is one of Fern's best friends. Forever single, Jess likes to party hard and change men like she changes shoes. She lives with Adam and Fern in their flat, and works as a book shop manager. While Jess may not make great decisions, she is fiercely loyal to her friends and tries her best to make everyone happy.
Lisa: Lisa is Fern's other best friend. The most level-headed member of the group, Lisa often gives advice to the other girls and acts as their rock during difficult times. Lisa fulfilled her lifelong goal of marrying rich, having kids, and managing her household with her husband's platinum credit card.
Ben: Ben is technically Fern's boss because he owns the flower shop where Fern works, but they are also very close friends. Ben is very flamboyant, outspoken and the go-to guy for fashion advice and gossip. While Ben does care very deeply for Fern, he is also very concerned about his own popularity, and ends up having a selfish streak that leads him to make bad decisions.
Mark: Mark is Scott's manager. He is a middle aged man who has a lot of experience in the music industry, so he knows what it takes to be successful. Sometimes he seems kind and caring, but his priority is cleaning up Scott's messes and getting him the most attention possible. As a result, he is actually quite careless and will do whatever it takes to get and stay rich.
Saadi: Saadi is Scott's personal assistant. She is very organized, driven, and good at what she does. She does not show much emotion in the book because she too is responsible for cleaning up Scott's messes. As such, she seems cold, and Fern is quite intimidated by her.
Rick: Rick is Fern's little brother. Out of all the siblings in their family, Rick and Fern seems to be the closest. Rick becomes more prominent after Fern gets to know Scott, but is not very outspoken. However, he is very supportive of Fern's decisions, and makes her feel better when she needs a pick-me up.
Fiona: Fiona is Fern's older sister. They don't have much contact over the course of the book, but Fiona gives Fern good advice when she needs it most.
“He kisses my shoulder again and my resistance shivers like a leaf hanging by a thread from a tree.”
“I even scribbled something on the hotel wallpaper this morning. It's great. It's a forlorn space, the place that's left where ideas used to be made.”
“I think LA is a little like a big plate of microwave lasagne; empty calories but tasty. The trick is not to gorge yourself, not to eat the whole thing- believe the whole thing- because you'll be left feeling sick.”
“I can already see stall after stall of colourful amaryllis, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, and gerberas; the sight of them is the equivalent of seeing a good friend holding a glass of wine and a bar of chocolate.”
War Bar: This is a bar in the book where Fern, Jess and Lisa go one night. Fern states that the name is suitable for the venue, and Jess alludes to the appropriateness of the name for what goes on in the bar. "At least the place is well named; everyone does appear a little shell-shocked. Jess is always telling me that the competition is tough, 'out there'."
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