As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

Tessa Gregory simply wants to be taken seriously by her sisters over her pursuit of horticulture. She therefore attempts to secure a position as a gardener for the prestigious Como Park in St. Paul, Minnesota. But since women are not openly accepted in this field in the early twentieth century, Tessa has to first prove herself worthy of the job. She enlists the help of gardener Reese King, who is looking for the creative spirit that Tessa possesses. The two of them must work together to accomplish their own needs, but perhaps love has a different plan for the summer

This novel contains interesting history, no doubt researched thoroughly by the author, including mentions of various inventions, events, and buildings from the time period.   The story has sweet moments amid a backdrop of interesting plants with colors and scents that are easy to imagine, but the story lacked something for me. The characters did not have much depth and the relationship between them introduced romance much too quickly to be very believable. The light tone and superficial nature of each individual did not allow me to get into the book as much as I wanted to. Nevertheless, the twist at the end of the story adds an interesting element. A bit too simple for my taste, but I am sure it can easily be enjoyed by other romance readers.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


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