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.
My thoughts: AS LOVE BLOOMS is the last book in The Gregory Sisters series, but it easily stands alone. I enjoyed this feisty, daring character in an age where women were just beginning the suffrage movement and the wealthy class women were expected to toe the lines. The romance between Reese and Tessa was sweet -- and the secondary romance between Sam and James just as sweet. I loved the ending of this book. Great read, highly recommended. 5 stars