Thursday, May 21, 2015

As Love Blooms - The Gregory Sisters 3 - by Lorna Seilstad

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About the book:

Young romance opens like a rose . . . but even a rose has its thorns.
Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she is not above a little benevolent deception in order to get the park superintendent to change his mind and hire her. She plans to infiltrate the world of wealthy and influential people in hopes of drumming up financial support for a world-class conservatory. But before she can put those plans into action, she meets Reese King, a handsome gardener at Como Park--and a major distraction. Still, Reese might be the key to achieving her dream. But is his goal to help her . . . or to capture her heart?

Against the lush backdrop of manicured gardens and greenhouses full of the exotic, Lorna Seilstad weaves a sweet and sassy story that is sure to delight.

My review:

I enjoyed this conclusion to the Gregory Sisters series.  Tessa is a lot of fun, very independent and impulsive and always getting into one crazy thing after another.  I liked her determination and willingness to go after what she wanted and how she wasn't scared of anything, except maybe disappointing her sisters!  Reese seemed like a great guy, responsible and logical and the opposite of Tessa.  They both had a secret, but I thought neither seemed like that big of a deal when I learned what they were.  They both caused themselves a lot of heartache instead of being up front with the truth.  All of the main characters had faith in God and it seemed like more of a background element than a major plot element.  It was interesting learning more about flowers and about Como Park in St. Paul.  I especially liked learning about the suffrage movement, where women were trying to get the right to vote.  It's hard to fathom such a different world sometimes.  I liked seeing what's been happening in the lives of Tessa's sisters, who the first two books were about, though this would work well as a stand-alone. There are some cute romantic moments.  This story felt a little slow to me, but I would recommend it if you like historical romance.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

 The Author

  1. Lorna Seilstad

    Lorna Seilstad

    A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and...
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