Sunday, May 17, 2015

As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters #3) by Lorna Seilstad

Title: As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters #3)
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Pages: 320
Release Dates: May 12, 2015 (eBook) & May 19, 2015 (print)
Publisher: Revell
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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. 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:

     This is an incredible inspirational historical romance.

     I love reading series like this one, where each book focuses on one member of a family. It is so much fun to meet the whole family in book one and learn more about them throughout the series.

     In this book the main character is Tessa, the youngest of the Gregory sisters. In each of the previous books she had a different interest. We find in this book though that her life dream is the interest that peeked out briefly in both of them. I love her character and personality. She is so spunky that reading about her is delightful.

     There are a number of new characters, including Reese King, in this novel. Lorna does a marvelous job of developing them, both the good and the evil ones. Reese is a perfect example of someone who has been wounded by something said to them. The comment is permanently etched in his mind and affects everything he does and the decisions he makes. Yet the other person barely remembers the conversation. Watching what we say so that we do not cause those kinds of wounds is a lesson we can all stand to learn. This novel helps to point that out.

     The main story is the development of the friendship between Tessa and Reese. There are also two additional storylines that are running in the background. All three are very well written. They run along within the extended family without detracting from each other.

     I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that multiple characters are leaning more about trusting God and how to separate that trust from their emotional desires. I really love it when an author can put these deep spiritual lessons into a light entertaining novel and challenge me to examine my own heart. I am highly recommending this wonderful book and giving a 5 star rating.

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