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Posted June 7, 2011
Excellent conclusion to the series!
Tomorrow's Garden is Book #3 in the popular series, Texas Dreams, written by the talented and gifted author, Amanda Cabot. Without having read to first two books, I had no difficulty at all in following the story line and feel that this book can stand alone and be thoroughly enjoyed without the benefit of reading the first books. There are two major components that I look for when reading a book. One component, of course, is that it must be enjoyable and entertaining. Tomorrow's Garden fulfills this need on many levels. The characters are well-developed and possess personalities that are believable, complete with very real flaws and redeeming attributes. The storyline is captivating and moves along at a pace that quickly grabs the reader and catches them up in the action in such a way that they feel as if they are a partner in the unfolding drama. A good story transports the reader to another reality, a time and place that exist only in the reader's mind and the words on the page. Based on these criteria, Tomorrow' Garden successfully accomplishes the objectives. The second feature that I look for is "does the book help me to be a better person?" Most of the time I read Christian fiction because in it I find elements that minister to me and make me examine my life and attempt to become a better person/Christian as a result. This does not in any way mean that the book must preach or sermonize. The intent can be achieved quite readily without going to these lengths. Indeed, much of Jesus Christ's ministry consisted of telling stories in the form of parables in order to deliver His message. So too, can a book of Christian fiction minister in this manner. Specifically, Tomorrow's Garden delivers a message of patience, of waiting upon the Lord for the answers which will be revealed in His time. Amanda Cabot has skillfully shown, through the simple act of having her students plant a garden, the lesson of patience found in James 5:7 (KJV) which states "the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it..." It also speaks a message of hope and reinforces the fact that through Christ we have hope of deliverance, both in this temporal life and also eternity. Harriet and Lawrence both lived with a dreadful fear, a fear that, based on past events in their lives, was completely justified. Harriet's every action was governed by an emotional fear that was planted in her by her hypocritical parents and also by a physical fear based on the circumstances surrounding their death. To the observer, the actions and reactions of Harriet and Lawrence are seemingly irrational but, when the full picture is revealed, it is readily apparent why each of them responded in the manner that they did to events that transpired. This book fulfills my personal requirements to be qualified as an extremely good book. This is one that I will read more than once. I highly recommend this book to you and hope that you will waste no time in getting your own copy of Tomorrow's Garden. You won't be sorry you did! Tomorrow's Garden was provided to me by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for review purposes. I was not obligated to give a positive review and received no other compensation for this revie
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Posted September 28, 2012
I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I CONSIDER IT A MUST READ!!!!!!!
The entire series of these books are awesome and keeps me wanting more. What I like the most is a love story with no real raunchy love scenes and some encouraging religous under tones not too preachy just slightly convincing. Just I like said a must read need I say more!!!!!!!
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Posted April 26, 2011
Tomorrow's Garden shows why people still read good books: Great story!
It's 1857 and Harriet Kirk's hands are full teaching and caring for three siblings after her dysfunctional parents are killed in a fire.
The beautiful young woman wears drab clothing because men keep pursuing her. She gave up her dreams of a husband and family and knows it's out of the question. Men don't want ready-made families and she's not going to divide up the children.
Thomas wants to marry her because he thinks she's rich and he desperately needs money because gambling thugs want the money he owes. Harriet's parents were rich, and if Harriet won't marry him so he can get at the wealth, he decides to steal it
Jake, the oldest of Harriet's siblings, constantly causes trouble-even as far as breaking the law to keep his sister from marrying.
So she quits her job and moves to get away from Thomas and Jake's rebellious friends.
Her new teaching job is in Ladreville,Texas, where she soon tangles with Lawrence Wood, temporary sheriff, mayor and a former Texas Ranger because she doesn't want to live in the wood house. Although he lives in a stone house, he lets her know she'll have to live in the one provided. She's not much impressed with the school being made from lumber, too.
He labels her a picky old maid with unrealistic expectations, but as part of his job he stops by the school to welcome her to the community. She gets to digging and discovers he hasn't read anything much besides wanted posters since his school days. So she challenges him to read one of her favorite books. He returns it and they discuss it. He takes another, and soon they are meeting frequently to discuss books.
It doesn't take long for an immigrant farmer to be affected by Harriet's beauty and Karl Friedrich decides it's God's will for Harriet to be his wife. An added bonus will be the two boys to work his fields.
Jake , her brother, continues to give Harriet grief, slitting the seats of Karl's new buggy.
Lawrence, as the sheriff, tries to help Jake, but the boy is bent on rebellion. Lawrence also is attracted to Harriet now, but when he jails Jake, her fury explodes on him.
The old suitor searching for money comes to town and complicates everything-bringing disaster with him.
This book will keep you reading. I commend Amanda Cabot for creating a story that will bring many hours of reading pleasure. I highly recommend it.
Note: Revell Publishing provided me a review copy of this book.
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Posted May 23, 2013
Tomorrow's Garden is the third and final installment in Amanda C
Tomorrow's Garden is the third and final installment in Amanda Cabot's Texas Dreams series. Here we meet Miss Harriet Kirk and her brothers and sisters. We also revisit Lawrence Wood, former Texas Ranger and new mayor and sheriff of Ladreville.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Miss Harriet Kirk is going to be Ladreville's new teacher. She is also the sole caretaker for her brothers and sisters after her parents death. She has an extreme fear of fires (for a good reason) and an independent streak a mile wide. She is also sheltering the secret of her past life. She doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for her or her family for what they have gone through, which is why she moved to Ladreville in the first place. She is also determined to remain single, she fears she doesn't know how to love. So why does Lawrence Wood make her want to scream in frustration with his protective nature and melt into his arms with his bright, eager mind and sparring words??
Lawrence signed a 6 month contract. After that, he's leaving Ladreville. Period.... or so he thought. Harriet Kirk envokes emotions in him that he never thought he could feel. He fights them, as she does, relentlessly until events happen and they think they will never see each other again. Harriet and the people of Ladreville make him feel like he is finally home, so why is so insistant that he won't stay?
We also get a glimpse of the sweet love story between Harriet's sister, Ruth, and the new minister Sterling. I wish we could have read more into their story, but what we get to read of their romance is sweet and satisfying.
This story didn't quite capture my heart the way the other two did, but it was still a good book. I won't deny that. I'm not sure what it was missing, but for me, it was missing something.
Posted April 12, 2013
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Posted May 11, 2011
Definitely One To Read!
Harriet is an interesting character, sober and responsible, yet with a touch of playfulness that Lawrence is able to bring out. It keeps her from seeming a bit too starched. I also loved it that Amanda gave her spectacles. How many heroines in romances wear spectacles? It made her real, yet Lawrence still finds her physically appealing. (Okay, maybe I like it because I also wear glasses much of the time.) Lawrence is a man to admire. He's strong in his commitment to his job and to helping others. And, although Harriet raises his blood pressure at times, mostly a patient man. I liked the way Amanda gave them each opposing fears based on past incidents in their lives. She has a way of finding something clever that resonates with me. In Tomorrow's Garden, Amanda didn't shy away from a subject we, as Christians, tend to face from time to time---disunity within the church. She didn't make her Christian characters sweet and syrupy, but gave them a real concern and resolution.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2011
A Sweet, Satisfying Read
I'd awaited Tomorrow's Garden, the final book in Amanda Cabot's Texas Dreams trilogy, eager for Texas Ranger Lawrence Wood to find peace and the right woman for him, and I was rewarded with a heartwarming story. Cabot's a gifted writer who creates endearing characters. Harriet Kirk, the town's new teacher, is a handful at first: strong-willed, determined, and saddled with responsibilities that have caused her to give up her dreams of marriage and a family of her own. Patient and perceptive Lawrence is able to see past Harriet's sometimes-prickly exterior to the warmhearted woman within. Their journey is fraught with difficulties and danger, requiring them to face their fears and cling to their faith. The story is peopled with characters from the previous two books in the series, which is fun for the reader, but this book can stand on its own. If you enjoy a sweet inspirational historical romance, I recommend Tomorrow's Garden.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2011
Best of the Texas Dreams trilogy
An enduring story of sacrifice, patience, and love-the perfect finale to the Texas Dreams trilogy. And for those who currently expect little from life, "Tomorrow's Garden" may very well inspire you to hope for more. Recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2011
Great Summertime Reading!
If you've read any of my book reviews over the last two years, you're probably aware that historical settings are not my favorite. And yet, every time I read a book written in a historical setting, I love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Such is the case with "Tomorrow's Garden" by Amanda Cabot. "Tomorrow's Garden" is the third book in a series titled "Texas Dreams." I was privileged to read the first two books "Paper Roses," and "Scattered Petals," and enjoyed them both! But "Tomorrow's Garden" will pull on your heartstrings. There is action and adversity, heartache and hope, loss and love. Throughout it all, God's message of redemptive love is evident.
Pour yourself a glass of lemonade, head for your favorite comfy chair and read "Tomorrow's Garden." You'll be glad you did.
Posted April 22, 2011
Another Winner From Ms. Cabott!
I really enjoyed reading Scattered Petals, book 2 in Texas Dreams, last year, so I was super anxious for this book to release. However, upon reading this one, I felt that the beginning was a little too slow for me. I did push through that beginning, and by half way through, was so engrossed in the history and sweet characters, that I forgot all about that slow beginning and fell in love with Texas all over again. Ms. Cabott has a tender skill for writing a novel that includes not only amazing characters that life-like, some bits of humor and love, but also for including the wonderful messages of God's redeeming love and grace.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Harriet's sweet character really caught my eye the most. She was such a tender and loving sister and school teacher. She was the highlight of the novel and I felt a mothering pull to her, as I wanted to wrap her in a big hug more often than not! She was trying to escape her past and make a new life for her and her siblings, but she's afraid it will catch up to her. And let's not even get started on Lawrence....hmmm. Now THAT is one character I don't know what to think on! I loved his handsome character, don't get me wrong. But when there was a gem of a girl right in front of him (Harriet) I wanted to shout at him to "open your eyes!". He at times had me laughing to myself thinking this is one man that was perfect for his role as sheriff of Ladreville. Definitely a man that I would want to see in more books like this!
Not only were we introduced to these sweet characters, we got to visit with other characters from the previous books, particularly Isabelle. Isabelle is perfect for her role in this book, as well as the previous ones. She's a character that one can become friends with quickly and always feel at home with.
Amanda Cabott is a seasoned author, for sure, and one that I am highly glad to say is amongst my many favorite authors list. I give Tomorrow's Garden 4 stars, high recommendations for that sweet, suspenseful, God filled love story that's perfect for that rainy day spring time read. If you are reader who loves history, suspense and charming towns filled with welcoming characters, then grab a copy of Tomorrow's Garden today! You'll fall in love with the novels and the author and be anxious for each new Cabott release!
Posted April 22, 2011
A Good Read
In this 1857 story of responsibility, challenge, and sacrifice, Harriet Kirk puts her personal pursuit of happiness on hold to care for her five younger siblings after her parents' death. Trouble follows when she accepts a teaching job and moves the family to Ladreville, Texas. Her teenage brother rebels, Harriet faces her deepest fear, and romance seems to come her way from three directions. I had to keep turning pages to find out which suitor would win her hand... The one who needs her money? The one who wants her family to work his farm? Or, the one who arrests her brother? I had to know; would she give her hand to the one who stole her heart? Tomorrow's Garden is a good read and a pleasant journey back in time. It's the third in a series, and I haven't read the others but plan to right away.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2011
Amanda Cabot's stories transport me to her well-developed settings and bring me into the hearts of her characters. In her latest book, Harriet Kirk is a dedicated school teacher who also has responsibility for raising her four siblings while she shields herself from anyone who wants to care for her. Self-sufficient, she suppresses her feelings of love for Sheriff Lawrence Wood and definitely does not think he could care for her. Lawrence withholds his feelings for Harriet, cautious not to scare her fragile heart. A compelling story that shows how feelings can become misplaced when people cannot leave their past behind and reach for happiness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2011
Past Trauma, Healing, Romance And A Western -- Great Reading
Amanda Cabot in her new book, "Tomorrow's Garden" Book Three in the Texas Dreams series published by Revell takes us back to the town of Ladreville.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
No doubt about it I like Westerns. I like, "saddle up your horses" and "we're burning daylight". Am I saying that this book is "The Magnificent Seven" for the 21st Century? No. What I am saying is this book is a lot like the old Gene Autry/Roy Rogers movies that Republic used to put out. It has romance, an ex-Texas Ranger and troubles for each one of them.
Harriet Kirk has come to Ladreville the school teacher there and so that she can take care of her younger siblings. Lawrence Wood is a former Texas ranger who is put in a position of acting mayor of Ladreville. They are attracted to each other but cannot figure out how to get along with each other. Both Harriet and Lawrence have had past traumas and it is up to God to help heal them of their deep emotional pain so that they can move on and enjoy the relationship with each other.
Ms. Cabot is an excellent writer and makes all her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us. While this is the third book in the series if you just pick this one up you will not be disappointed nor feel that you have missed so much by not knowing what happened in the previous two. Ms. Cabot has given us a neat ending to a wonderful series.
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Posted April 20, 2011
lots of action and drama
Harriet Kirk has many fears, fears that control her life. She fears house fires, she fears having her younger brothers and sisters being taken from her, she fears scandal, she is just afraid of so many things, including love. No one will ever want to marry her, she has too much baggage. She hopes a move from Fortune, the small town they grew up in, to a larger town Ladreville, will change things in her life. She will get away from the dreadful Thomas who wants to marry her, but doesn't love her. She will get her brother Jake away from the horrible influences that seem to be leading him astray.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
However her plans seem to be falling apart in front of her, if anything Jake is worse than before, committing serious acts of vandalism, another man has his sites set on marrying her, and Thomas has shown up again demanding she marry him, and give him the fortune he believes she has. He will not stop until he has that money, even though there is no money, so now he decides she must pay!
A book filled with drama, excitement and redemption. New friends show Harriet that she does not always have to look like a mouse, with dreadful clothes, that she doesn't have to be strong all the time, and that she can find love. I enjoyed this book, it was filled with action and you could feel the emotion of the characters. 384 pages US $14.99 4 stars.
This book was provided for review purposes only by Revell, no payment was received for this review.
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Posted April 16, 2011
Tomorrow's Garden - Another good read from Amanda Cabot
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As a seed awaits the spring sunshine, so one young woman hopes for a brighter tomorrow
Harriet Kirk is certain that becoming the new schoolteacher in Ladreville, Texas, is just what she needs--a chance to put the past behind her and give her younger siblings a brighter tomorrow. What she didn't count on was the presence of handsome former Texas Ranger Lawrence Wood--or the way he affects her fragile heart. But can Harriet and Lawrence ever truly conquer the past in order to find happiness?
Book 3 in the Texas Dreams series, Tomorrow's Garden is a powerful story of overcoming the odds and grabbing hold of happiness.
I was glad to see the Texas Ranger from the first book get his own story as he was an appealing character. And this is a story that is a natural fulfillment of that character. Harriet Kirk was a little uptight at the beginning of the story but considering the responsibilities that she carried it fit.
The metaphor of the garden was well woven into the plot.
This story had shadowy past, delightful characters, tension and questions. A good afternoon read and a satisfactory third book in the series. Looking forward to more books from Amanda Cabot.
Posted April 14, 2011
A MUST READ!A GREAT INSPIRATIONAL HISTORICAL ROMANCE FULL OF LOVE AND HEALING!! TOMORROW'S GARDEN BY AMANDA CABOT!!
TOMORROW'S GARDEN by Amanda Cabot is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in 1857 Ladreville, Texas.It is the third and final installment of the trilogy"Texas Dreams" but can be read as a stand alone. Book One, "Paper Roses",Book Two " Scattered Petals". This is the story of forgiveness,inspiration,betrayal,alcoholic parents,fear of fire,fear of drowning,finding love,finding a home,overcoming the odds and finding happiness in a small town in Texas. When Harriet, moves her and her five siblings to Ladreville,Texas to be their schoolmarm she never dreamed she would finally find a home and happiness for herself and her siblings.When Lawrence, accepted a position as sheriff and town mayor of Ladreville he never expected to fine peace,love,acceptance and happiness.Together,Lawrence and Harriet will find the peace,love,leaving the past behind,healing,following their hearts and obeying God that they seek.This is an amazing finale to this intriguing trilogy that will move through time and grab your heart. You will find characters from the other two books in this series will reappear in this one.This is a great story.A must read if you enjoy an inspirational historical romance that will keep you turning the pages.As you watch this couple and the siblings learn to accept things and become more confidant in their surroundings.As others cause them problems,Harriet will learn to be more patient,accepting of others help and God's purpose in her life. Harriett's oldest younger, sister,Ruth, finds her place in the world,and her own love.Lawrence learns God's purpose for his life and that love can be found when you least expect it.The plot is well written with a few twists and turns,a fire that nearly kills the children and Harriet,a flood,hurt feelings,new life, and new loves.I enjoy this author's writing and would highly recommend not only this book but the others in this series also.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2011
Best Book by Amanda Cabot
This is by far the best book I have read by Amanda Cabot. The Texas Dreams series brought me into a new part of Texas and history. I found all of then enchanting, but this one was so real and relaxed. Amanda is a wonderful writer, and the way she made Harriet Kirk and Lawrence Wood come to life is unbelievable. I had not liked Lawrence in the previous book, Scattered Petals, but I changed my mind in this book. He is such a caring individual and was a good match for Harriet. If you love historical fiction, you will love this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2011
Like a John Wayne movie
This western romance reminded me of old John Wayne movies. It has everything a western and a romance should have, including a handsome hero a beautiful heroine and many interesting support cast members. It has heart-rending problems and dangers the characters encounter and overcome. And, of course, it includes the courting, the excitement and the heartbreak of falling in love.
This was the third in the Texas Dreams Trilogy and although I read the first in the series, I wish I had read the second also before this -- of course that is because I love the backstory. My curiosity has been whetted however and I will probably meet these characters again in the second of the series to learn more about them. The book will stand on its own.
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