Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review - As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

About the Book:

Young romance opens like a rose . . . but even a rose has its thorns.

Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 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 the lush backdrop of manicured gardens and greenhouses full of the exotic, Lorna Seilstad weaves a sweet and sassy story that is sure to delight.

My Review:

What a delightful Spring read!  I really enjoyed the setting of this book, and the details about horticulture.  The historical period details (1913 St. Paul, Minnesota) were wonderful.

Tessa is a sympathetic protagonist - fun and determined to pursue her life goals.  While she pursues her ambition, there is also a charming romance.  I enjoy novels with strong, independent female characters, especially during earlier time periods when determination was required for women to pursue career dreams.

This is my first read by Lorna Seilstad, although I have a couple of her books waiting on my Kindle.  As Love Blooms is the third book in the Gregory Sisters trilogy, but it worked well as a standalone read.  I look forward to reading more Lorna Seilstad novels, and would highly recommend As Love Blooms to other readers.

About the Author: 

A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at

I received this book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.


Mary Hill said...

I love Revell Reads program. This book looks so inspiring and sounds like a great read. Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.

Birdhouse Books said...

Mary, thanks for visiting. I really enjoy Literacy Musing Mondays! I also am a big fan of the Revell Reads program. I love historical fiction, and they offer many books I really enjoy.