Sunday, May 31, 2015
As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad (Review)
Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturalist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, 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 a lush backdrop of early twentieth century Saint Paul, Minnesota, Lorna Seilstad weaves a sweet and sassy story that is sure to please. Tessa's young romance opens like a rose, stealing readers' hearts and filling their senses with the intoxicating fragrance of dreams come true.
This is the third book in the Gregory Sisters series. They are light Christian historical romance books set in the early 1900s. If you have not read the first two books in the series you might not like all the details featuring the lives of the other two sisters in this book. Also, it helps understand the character of Tessa better to have the background knowledge. Tessa is the flighty one who is always trying something new. The one constant thing in her is her love of gardening. Although her younger years were not wealthy, she now lives with Samantha, her sister's husband's aunt. She is extremely wealthy, generous, loving, and a huge suffragist. There is a subplot involving her and an old friend who is a Senator. Tessa meets Reese King at Como Park where he is a gardener. She desperately wants to work there too. He lets her help him with the work in exchange for her design. That part is not believable but if you suspend belief the book is enjoyable. The characters and plot were well developed and interesting. I really wanted to shake Tessa at times. Reese is a sweet young man but not perfect. They are friends most of the book with the romance developing more at the end. Overall a good read but not the best book in the series. Recommended to fans of the genre.
A history buff, antique collector, and former high school English teacher, fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls, While Love Stirs,and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at www.lornaseilstad.com
Review copy provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.