The first day of fall is one of the most heavenly days; a pair of loose capri pants reminiscent of summer, matched with  a long-sleeved jacket acknowledging the cool winter to come. That moment when the first leaf falls from the tree and crunches beneath your foot. A breath of crisp air hits your lungs as you squint through the bright sun that clings to the day as it becomes ever shorter.

The first day of fall is where Isabella Louise Anderson kicks off her new novel, Khloe’s Flower Shop.  Khloe Harper is a florist with her career on track. She opened her own shop after discovering her passion, and never looked back. But as most of our career-focused heroines face, what Khloe achieved at work she lacks in love.

The chapter is a scrumptious first draft – it pulled me in and I can’t wait to see if one of Khloe’s eccentric flower-shop clients is “the one” for her. My money is on either Curtis – the handsome regular who always buys a bouquet for his girlfriend – or the handsome new stranger who walks through the door near the end of the chapter. Truthfully, I hope it’s neither and that the book takes surprising and wonderful turns I can’t yet see coming.

But we’ll all have to wait a little longer to know the rest of the story. This chapter is a charming peek into a new novel written for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The premise: aspiring and established novelists write an entire novel in the month of November, from start to finish within that month alone. Next comes the editing phase, the re-writing phase, the obsessing phase, and – finally – the ready to show to a publisher phase.

We’re featuring Isabella Khloe’s Flower Shop novel after putting out a call for chapters from 2013  NaNoWriMo winners. If you finished your chick lit book during NaNoWriMo last year send us an email at and you might be our next feature.

Stay tuned later this week for an exclusive interview with Isabella here on Chick Lit & Wine.