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5.17.2015

As Love Blooms ~ Review

As Love Blooms
The Gregory Sisters 3
By Lorna Seilstad

Tessa Gregory is all grown up, now if only she could convince her sisters of it.  But for some reason they just can't take her choice of careers serious.  But throughout her life gardening has been Tessa's one enduring passion.  And she determined to get a position at Como Park.  But she needs to convince Fred Nussbaumer that a woman can work within the Saint Paul park system.

With the help of Reese King, a gardener at Como Park, she may see her vision for a garden become reality.  But Tessa is never content to rely on just one plan to help her achieve her goal.  And she determined that all of Saint Paul will discover the joy and beauty that can be enjoyed through gardens, even if she has to put her acting skills to go use.

But how far is she willing to go to achieve her dreams and what price is too high to pay?  And will she find love along the way?

In this the third book in the Gregory Sisters series it is interesting to observe the sisters relationship as they try to help one another and spare one another pain.  But life comes with hurts and we can't keep them from the lives of those we love as the Hannah, Charlotte, and Tessa are about to again discover.

The setting is again Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the book opens in May 1913.  This is a time of progression and change in the country.  Women are seeking to further their rights in educational opportunities, career choices, and political voice.  It is interesting to see the historical events that are woven throughout this story and series.

Though you don't have to read the two previous books in this series to enjoy As Love Blooms it helps one to understand each sister more fully if you read all three books.  Take a step back in time and enjoy a visit with the Gregory sisters and all their antics.

I was provided a copy of this book by Revell through Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.

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.

About the Author:
A history buff, antique collector, and former high school English teacher, fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love CallsWhile 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.