By Kelly Bridgewater
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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?
I have read Lorna Seilstad’s historical romance before in her Lake Manawa summer series, and I truly enjoyed the stories. I couldn’t wait to be introduced to more of Seilstad’s writing. True to a historical romance, Seilstad’s story invites the readers to jump back in time and fill the pages with electric romance, bringing the past to life.
I haven’t read the first two books in the Gregory Sisters, but I will enjoy reading more about Hannah and Charlotte. Seilstad’s created the world of 1913 quite flawlessly. Her research into the suffragette movement and how the women were treated and viewed came alive on the pages. The surrounding community of Tessa’s world in the parks also jumped off the page for my imagination.
I enjoyed the character of Tessa. She was a strong, independent woman who knew what she wanted. Yes, she had a variety of interests, but she was passionate about everything that sparked her interest. Even though most women during the 1913’s hated to get dirty, Tessa truly enjoyed crafting parks filled with her imagination and didn’t even mind wearing a disguise in order to make that garden become a reality.
There was no questionable content, and the ending was a happily-ever-after, which would satisfy any fan of romance novels. The spiritual element was not over preachy. It was mentioned, but it felt like the characters true nature, not something force at the reader.
In short, Lorna Seilstad’s As Love Blooms is a wonderful historical romance filled with an interesting time in history and a loveable heroine who stood on her own two feet during an era when it was hard. I truly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to dive into Seilstad’s first two books in the Gregory Sisters’ series.
I received a complimentary copy of Lorna Seilstad’s As Love Blooms from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.
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Lorna Seilstad’s Writing Bio:
Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. "I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby's bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote." Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor.
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