Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review: As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Back Cover:
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.

The Positives:
This book was so sweet! Tessa is so feisty and a bit reckless, but she is brilliant. Reese is amazing and the way he loves Tessa is just awesome. I loved that she tried many different things before settling on gardening as a career. Too bad, she would have been great as a Pinkerton detective. *wink*
I have never read a book where gardening was the main theme. So, it was fun to learn more about gardening.
Tessa is creative and super smart. But, she does sneak about to get things to go her own way. Later, she does repent and she comes clean in that regard.
Reese is smart and kind. He's the kind of guy that every girl adores. He's steady and helps Tessa with her plan. He seems a bit more reluctant about sneaking around than she does, and he comes clean of that as well.
And of course, everything does work out in the end. All's well that ends well.

The Negatives:
There was no clear introduction to the characters and setting. The action began too quickly.

This was an awesome book with a very sweet romance. I completely recommend it!

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