The Welcome Home Garden Club (Twilight, Texas Series #4)

The Welcome Home Garden Club (Twilight, Texas Series #4)

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by Lori Wilde
     
 

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The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series, The Welcome Home Garden Club is a wonderfully poignant contemporary romance novel that captures the everyday magic of small-town life and love. Fans of Sherryl Woods, Susan Wiggs, Susan Mallery, and Debbie Macomber will treasure this love story about a

Overview

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series, The Welcome Home Garden Club is a wonderfully poignant contemporary romance novel that captures the everyday magic of small-town life and love. Fans of Sherryl Woods, Susan Wiggs, Susan Mallery, and Debbie Macomber will treasure this love story about a Green Beret hero who returns to his home town with one goal in mind: to win back the heart of the girl he left behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061988431
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
Twilight, Texas Series, #4
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
297,686
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Wilde has sold seventy-nine works of fiction to four major New York publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Her first New York Times bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club, has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas, is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

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Welcome Home Garden Club 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Twilight, Texas, single mom Caitlyn Marsh disliked affluent J. Foster Goodnight who never recognized her high school sweetheart Gideon Garza as his. Eight years ago Garza was murdered and she was left pregnant and estranged from her father. Thus, she is stunned when Gideon, who left town late at night without a goodbye to join the Green Beret, arrives in town for Goodnight's funeral. Caitlyn is hired to create a special garden to honor Goodnight; meanwhile Gideon has come back home, seeking closure with the dying man who was his biological father but never recognized him as such. That is until Goodnight was near death and left his ranch to Gideon. Still suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, Gideon takes one look at Caitlyn's son Danny and knows he must be his offspring; as the kid looks just like he did when he was Danny's age. Now he must persuade his beloved to give him a second chance as he loves Caitlyn and unlike his late dad wants to be a father to their child. The latest Twilight contemporary romance (see The First Love Cookie Club) is an engaging second chance tale with a strong support cast (the Garden club and family members) and a solid lead couple who have become stronger out of necessity since their teen days. The story line focuses on second chance relationships between the protagonists and their fathers (Goodnight's from the grave), and one first chance between a dad and his son. Readers who enjoy a warm family drama will appreciate the welcome to Twilight from the garden club. Harriet Klausner
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Valerie Caitlyn Marsh stopped believing in happily-ever-after when high-school sweetheart, Gideon Garza, left for Iraq. Now she raises her small son while her matchmaking gardening club members drive her crazy. Then Caitlyn's world turns upside-down when Gideon swaggers back to Twilight. Gideon had left town in the middle of night with threats ringing in his ears. A lot of things have changed since then. This bad boy-turned-Green Beret bears scars from the war, the timid girl he loved is an independent mother, and the father who refused to recognize his son in life has, in death, left him a vast cattle ranch. He still aches for Caitlyn, and now there's a dark-haired boy who looks exactly like Gideon did at that age. Could the child be his? And can this war-weary soldier overcome the scars of the past to claim the family he so richly deserves? Review: I am a huge fan of books with series based on small towns. Right now, there are quite a few different series to choose from, including this one, the Twilight, Texas series. For me, the pull of these types of books is that not only do I get to read a story and learn to love the characters in that book but I also get small glimpses into their lives after their story is told by reading the rest of the books in the series. Book four was a heartrending story and yes, I cried at times. It had all the elements that make a story so complete and I read this one late into the night until the very last page. While you might think the storyline is predictable and guy ends up with girl, it's much, much more than that. This guy is DEAD to the girl. This guy has been on three tours, not one, not two, but three tours of duty and is scarred. In fact, Ms. Wilde dedicated this book to our servicemen and women. The girl is recently widowed, estranged from her father and raising a young son, alone. Yes, it's a story full of baggage and relationships and forgiveness. In the center of it all is a beautiful victory garden that Caitlyn is dedicating to her dead first love and all the servicemen and women from their town. By designing the garden, she feels some healing and it also helps her support her young son. Her garden club reaches out into the community and she has support. The only catch is that the garden club wants the garden designed around her father's old carousel, her inheritance. Asking him for it requires that she speak to her father. Remember it's a small town and everyone knows everything - including the fact that her son is not for her dead husband. On the day a prominent citizen is being buried, her son's grandfather, she hears the roar of a motorcycle and sees a rider. When he removes his helmet, she faints. How these two once-in-love as teenagers reconnect and try to figure out all the changes in each other and their world was a joy to read. When Gideon cried and had nightmares, I was there. When Caitlyn cried and hugged her son, I was there. When her young son questions why he doesn't look like his dead dad, I was there. When the townspeople were taking bets on who will end up with who, I was laughing. While you don't have to read the other books in this series to read this one, you will want to. The characters come alive from the very first page and don't let go until the end. I can't wait for the next book in this series!
CherubsLibrary More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Twilight, Texas series and the first I have read. I found so much to like about this story. Caitlyn (the daughter of the town judge) and Gideon (the illegitimate son of the town's wealthiest man) are very believable, as is their history and their parent's conspiracy to keep them apart by giving Gideon a choice of jail or the military. Eight years later, Gideon comes home when his father dies. He lost his arm in the service of his country and has had a lot of adjustments to make. Now he learns that his father has finally, through his death, acknowledged Gideon as his son. He also finds his feelings for Caitlyn have not changed, nor hers for him. There's also a little boy - could it be his? Woven into this love story is a town's desire to honor the men and women of the military coming home. How better than with a garden that will provide a place where they can rest and find peace? But even this does not turn out as expected. I live in Texas and it added a little something extra to be able to visualize the places mentioned. I found myself engrossed in the story and read it in one sitting. I loved how the story developed; I'll be reading the first three books in this series and keeping an eye out for Ms. Wilde's next book. The Welcome Home Garden Club is a feel-good love story and a very satisfying read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read. Good story.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Caitlyn Marsh, fell in love with Gideon Garza, but her father drove him out of town and she believed him to be dead all these years, and she has had to raise their son all on her own, still aching for Gideon and the love that they shared. But then he appears in Twilight and like a ghost she has no idea how to handle that he has been ALIVE. Gideon was born a 'bastard' and his father and brothers never have accepted him. He was driven out of his hometown, and joined the military, but lost something precious when a bomb exploded. When he learns that his father has died, he is summoned to Twilight, and Gideon knows this is the one way to get closure from his past so that he can move on with his future. But there is one person he doesn't know he can ever get closure with and that is Caitlyn. When he learns that he has a son, and a chance to be with Caitylyn he is determined as ever to win her forever...no matter what it takes. Oh my what a lovely romance this turned out to be. I know that I keep saying this every time I read Wilde's stories, but can I just say she has to be one of my top top TOP favorite contemporary romance authors to read from, she knows how to write the best ones, and The Welcome Home Garden Club is definitely at the top of my list. I can't believe how much I loved this one. Quite frankly I love reunion romances, especially when you have the added bonus of a child. Lori Wilde has such a beautiful way of creating truly magical stories that wraps its way around your heart and holds on forever. A beyond memorable story. It begins with Caitlyn in Twilight, where she and other members of the "Garden Club" decide to put a carousel--the carousel that has been in her family for generations, and create a garden circling around it with a "Welcome Home" theme, so they can win a contest. Tensions are still pretty high between Caitylyn and her father, and her father, well he basically has done some awful things, but we see his side of things and how much he regrets the past and all he wants is reconciliations with his daughter, a daughter that wants nothing to do with him. I fully understood why, and I don't blame her for her harsh feelings toward her father, because of him she has had to raise her son on her own. Then the least expected happens, the man she loved more than life and thought dead has arrived back in town, and wants her back in his life. Gideon has been serving in the military, believing he would never see Caitlyn again even though he still loves her. You see even though the last thing he wants is to stay in Twilight, learning about a son he never knew about changes everything. Gideon and Caityln have some powerful sparks and they start to reconnect. It is definitely a emotional driven story and it had me in its tender hooks from the first few chapters. You can't help but be captivated by the set up of the story, and add the authors storytelling ability...good luck putting this one down, you won't regret it. What sexy fun this one was. The heat in it is pretty light, but I was in the mood for that, and I loved the focus on the building of the relationship and it had such a charming tone to it that you are captivated. Fun, Sweet and packed with everything you need for a solid romance!! UTTERLY CHARMING!
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This is the fourth book in the Twilight, Texas Series by Lori Wilde. However, it is the first book by Lori that I have read. It will not be the last. The story centers around two characters, Caitlyn Marsh and Gideon Garza. Two high school sweethearts who have had the last eight years of their lives changed dramatically as a result of things done to them by the adults in their lives. Caitlyn Blackthorne Marsh grew up being privileged, as the only child of Judge Richard Blackthorne and his late wife Angelica. Gideon Garza grew up on the wrong side of town. Being the son of a maid and not knowing who his father was, until the day his mother died. Gideon burned down the barn of his father. His father’s friend, who happened to be Judge Blackthorne gave him a choice of going to jail or join the military. Gideon did the only thing he could do and joined the Army. I was immediately drawn to the two lead characters because despite everything that has happened to them individually over the past eight years, they're still good people. And they each still have a deep love and respect for one another. I think I fall in love with Gideon immediately. There are so many reasons in my opinion to love him it’s hard to find a place to start. Gideon could forever hold a grudge against his father and Judge Blackthorne for their parts in making him into a “broken man” that he is. But he really doesn’t. He knows that their actions made him a better person in the end. Gideon manages to forgive all of those who did him wrong. I find that very impressive and honorable. When it comes to Caitlyn, I completely understand where she’s coming from. She has some issues with forgiving. I really don’t think anyone can blame her for that. She’s admirable in her loyalty to her husband, for everything that he did for her. One thing that surprised me about the book was the small element of "who did it". It added a nice layer to the story. By the end of the book, I found myself wishing that it wasn't over and that it would just continue. I'm a series reader and I prefer to read books in series order. I can honestly say that this book doesn't have to be read in order. Previous book characters are mentioned, but you won't find yourself wondering if you missed something important about them.
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