Tomorrow's Garden (Texas Dreams Series #3)

Tomorrow's Garden (Texas Dreams Series #3)

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by Amanda Cabot
     
 

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Harriet Kirk is certain that becoming Ladreville's schoolteacher 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 slowly but surely claims her fragile heart. But can Harriet and Lawrence ever truly put the

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Harriet Kirk is certain that becoming Ladreville's schoolteacher 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 slowly but surely claims her fragile heart. But can Harriet and Lawrence ever truly put the past behind them in order to find happiness?

Readers will love this story of overcoming powerful odds and grabbing hold of happiness. Book 3 in the Texas Dreams series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410439772
Publisher:
Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
08/17/2011
Series:
Texas Dreams Series, #3
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
567
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses and Scattered Petals, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler. She lives in Wyoming.

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Tomorrow's Garden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
HisChild More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
Adam412 More than 1 year ago
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.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Althought this book is part of a trilogy, it stands on it's own. Lots of twists and turns and keeps you in suspense. I enjoyed all three books.
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I loved this series! Very well written.
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Amanda Cabot can create a story full of so many ups and downs like no other writer. Love her books
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Loved This series
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sandyla More than 1 year ago
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.
KeliGwyn More than 1 year ago
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.
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Tammy_B More than 1 year ago
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.
QueenofBlingEC More than 1 year ago
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. 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.