What it’s about:
From the publisher:
“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.”
I requested to review this book when I saw where it takes place, in the great state of Minnesota! I live about as far away from St. Paul as possible while still living in Minnesota and I love learning about some of its history through good novels.
The beginning was really fun with laugh-out-loud moments. I love Tessa, the main character, and her lovable, fun, quirky ways that really reminded me a lot of myself. I can’t help but love a character that struggles with some of the same things I do. I liked the friendship basis for Tessa and Reese and how their relationship “bloomed” 😉 rather than a love/hate relationship or love-at-first-sight relationship, because I feel those two are over-used in Christian romance.
About mid-book one character really bothered me and their hypocritical ways, but it was done for a reason with the plot and I can understand that. I loved God truths and messages included through As Love Blooms.
I loved the suffrage portion and the Minnesota history of both political and natural resources and the time period. There was some mystery and intrigue and suspense thrown in, especially towards the end, that made this a fun read.
I give As Love Blooms 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the author:
A history buff, antique collector, and former high school English teacher, fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls, While Love Stirs, and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at http://www.lornaseilstad.com.