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.
Fabulous book! This is an excellent finale for this wonderful series! This is the first series to make it to my Favorite Books List as a whole. I absolutely LOVE how Lorna writes and the great characters she puts together! From the beginning Tessa was my favorite sister, her highly entertaining personality and her ability to get herself into trouble added to these stories from the very beginning. The title encompasses the book not just because flowers is at the forefront, but because Tessa's character truly blooms as she has, and continues to, grow! Twists and surprises start to truly popup towards the end, and I both love what happens to, and want more for Aunt Sam. Love prospects are all around and the return of all the beloved characters in Hannah and Charlotte as well as their husbands makes this an amazing read! I highly recommend this whole series! The historical detail that Lorna weaves into her stories is, as always, lovely, and the adventures that these characters face in this final part of the series is the best that they have ever gone through! From flowers, to suffrage, to secrets, from love, to betrayal, to forgiveness, follow the Gregory sisters as Tessa finally get's her chance at her dreams! I cannot wait to see what Lorna comes out with next! :)
Songs mentioned in the book:
"Amazing Grace" sung by Alan Jackson,
"Tell Me the Story of Jesus" sung by Annette Rigney,
"Land of Golden Dreams" performed by The Browns,
"When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabama" by Tommy Dorsey, and
"America The Beautiful" performed by US Marine Band
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about As Love Blooms. ~ASC