May 27, 2015

As Love Blooms

The man threw himself back in his chair and laughed. “You want to work in my gardens?” His mustache wiggled as he spoke. “The work here is man’s work. There is a great deal of lifting and digging in the dirt. You are a fine lady. You can’t be serious.” ~As Love Blooms

As Love Blooms is the third installment in The Gregory Sisters series by Lorna Seilstad. The series follows the stories of three sisters (each are given their own book) during 1913 Saint Paul, Minnesota—A time when women fought for rights and equality. Though I haven’t read the first two books in the series, this does well as a stand-alone. My guess is that it would be best to read the books in order though, so too much isn’t revealed too soon.

Tessa Gregory, the youngest of the sisters, is a strong, sassy woman with an underlayment of white-lie-deception. She has a love of horticulture and hopes to work at Como Park in St. Paul—But that’s no job for a woman!

Which brings Reese King into the picture. What if he and Tessa work together? He can take credit—only to reveal the truth after she’s made an impact! Sounds like a plan. But, of course, rarely do things go as simply as planned, so there are fun twists and tricks to guide the reader through this entertaining tale.

I enjoy stories that show the development of women, internal and external, and lay out a foundation for future generations.

The humor and sass throughout the story gives this a light-hearted feel, yet has a ribbon of historical, political, and social importance weaved throughout, giving depth and a satisfying end.

4 Stars.

Cover: Okay
Title: Like
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 320
Pace: Fast
First lines (prologue): “Flowers have an expression of countenance.” Tessa Gregory whispered the words she’d once read. She studied the blooms in the Como Park planter and shook her head. If the author was correct, then these pansies were suffering from a severe case of melancholy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher through Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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