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Denied a position as a horticulturalist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Pail, Tess Gregory 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.
On the way to achieving her dreams, Tessa meets Reese King, a handsome gardener at Como Park - and a major distraction. Is his goal to help her? Or to capture her heart?
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Gregory Sisters
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.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5As Love BloomsJanuary 15, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5AS LOVE BLOOMS is the last book in The Gregory Sisters series, but it easily stands alone. I enjoyed this feisty, daring character in an age where women were just beginning the suffrage movement and the wealthy class women were expected to toe the lines. The romance between Reese and Tessa was sweet -- and the secondary romance between Sam and James just as sweet. I loved the ending of this book. Great read, highly recommended.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Secrets and favors are costlyJune 26, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have really enjoyed this series featuring the Gregory sisters. Lorna Seilstad has done an excellent job including humor and romance with a wonderful storyline. I like each of the sisters, but I think Tessa is my favorite. That surprised me some because she wasn't a favorite of mine after reading the first 2 books. However, I loved her spontaneity and how she kept Reese on his feet.
The way Reese rescued Tessa so many times had me laughing by the end. The poor man had to just have shaken his head when he had to do it again! Aunt Sam was another person I really liked reading about. I think she's a story in herself, which would be a good spin-off. I'm not sure if it will happen, but there's some opening into the whole Women's suffrage that would make an excellent series, as well.
Edward always seemed shady to me, so I couldn't decide until the end whether or not I liked him. I was a little surprised by the predicament Tessa found herself in because I never saw it coming with the person who was involved.
I liked the message of the book about speaking the truth and not keeping secrets. Secrets can tear a family apart, so Tessa had every right to worry about the plethora of secrets each person had and whether or not it would rip their family apart.
The cover to this book is also beautifully done. The contrasting colors really catch the eye of the readers.
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Delightful Romance!June 17, 2015Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0As always, Lorna Seilstad tells an engaging story with characters you really want to know in real life, topped with a swirl of humor. The historical research is just right, showing us Minneapoliss high society in 1913 and the movement that brought so many great parks to Americas cities in that time period. Please dont miss this book!
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Historical offers gardening and loveJune 16, 2015MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This third Gregory sister novel features the youngest, Tessa, and her growth through gardening. Her interest in horticulture leads to her relationship with Reese, a city park gardener, and they work to make things bloom. Of course, troubles sprout like weeds and threats may ruin the harvest. Set in a real place, the book offers a slice of history fleshed out in an enthralling story. The story can stand alone, but the series is best read in order. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMJune 15, 2015FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Gregory Sisters series has been a delight to read. It started with When Love Calls where we met the oldest sister Hannah and watched her dreams of becoming a lawyer come true. In the second book While Love Stirs we met Charlotte who tempted us with her delicious menus and nutritional savvy. Now we are introduced to Tessa, the baby of the family who has garnered a reputation of being a bit flighty in her decisions about a possible career.
Tessa has received her degree in horticulture and is determined to work as a horticulturist at Como Park. Unfortunately the man in charge is not so keen on having a woman as one of his gardeners. By a fortuitous twist of fate Tessa meets Reese King who is already on staff. The two come up with a brilliant scheme to catch the attention of the superintendent which would benefit both of them.
Tessa's determination seems to know no bounds. Even when she is turned down in every direction she still presses on. Her only hope seems to lie with Reese, but he seems to have ulterior motives. The tension between doing what his head tells him and what his heart tells him makes the story come alive.
I enjoyed this series and especially this last installment. I particularly like how Lorna Seilstad uses elements of suspense to tease the reader along. She also does a marvelous job of intertwining historical facts with fictional characters. Her addition of a sweet romantic story-line is the icing on the cake.
While I enjoyed the entire series, it should be noted that each story can easily be read as a stand-alone. My only note of caution would be to not read them out of order if you intend on reading the entire series. Each book contains some plot spoilers from previous books.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.