Julie and Romeo had never met, even though they were bitter rivals. Each owns a flower shop, across town from the other but they don't know how the rivalry ever started. Julie, divorced and in her 60s, is ready to fall in love and Romeo, a widower, is the perfect match. Their love story is beautiful and obviously meant to be. Just like Shakespeare's fated couple, their path is riddled with obstacles, namely their own children. The villain on Romeo's side is his aged mother, the only one who knows the truth of the past. She hurls curses, salts the roses, and teaches her whole family to go to war. A delightful story with great characters, beautifully written language, a familliar plot and a blooming setting...and there's a sequal!