As Love Blooms: A Novel

As Love Blooms: A Novel

by Lorna Seilstad


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ISBN-13: 9780800721831
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Series: Gregory Sisters Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 864,966
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A history buff, antique collector, and former high school English teacher, fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls, While Love Stirs, and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at

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As Love Blooms: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good lesson about remembering to seek our joy from the Father and not from man.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
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.
Pitkinchick More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Tessa, an outgoing young lady who has trouble deciding what she wants to be in life until she settles on horticulture. She is witty, full-of-life, and very energetic which causes her to get into a sticky situation from time to time. This book is a mix of fun, intrigue, and romance. You can't help but fall in love with all of the characters, not just Tessa. I have read books by Lorna Seilstad before and have enjoyed them thoroughly. I knew this book would be no different. I was not disappointed. I would like to thank Revell for giving me this book to read for an honest review. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants a light-hearted romance and a little laugh.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
As always, Lorna Seilstad tells an engaging story with characters you really want to know in real life, topped with a swirl of humor. The historical research is just right, showing us Minneapolis’s high society in 1913 and the movement that brought so many great parks to America’s cities in that time period. Please don’t miss this book!
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
The Gregory Sisters series has been a delight to read. It started with When Love Calls where we met the oldest sister Hannah and watched her dreams of becoming a lawyer come true. In the second book While Love Stirs we met Charlotte who tempted us with her delicious menus and nutritional savvy. Now we are introduced to Tessa, the baby of the family who has garnered a reputation of being a bit flighty in her decisions about a possible career. Tessa has received her degree in horticulture and is determined to work as a horticulturist at Como Park. Unfortunately the man in charge is not so keen on having a woman as one of his gardeners. By a fortuitous twist of fate Tessa meets Reese King who is already on staff. The two come up with a brilliant scheme to catch the attention of the superintendent which would benefit both of them. Tessa's determination seems to know no bounds. Even when she is turned down in every direction she still presses on. Her only hope seems to lie with Reese, but he seems to have ulterior motives. The tension between doing what his head tells him and what his heart tells him makes the story come alive. I enjoyed this series and especially this last installment. I particularly like how Lorna Seilstad uses elements of suspense to tease the reader along. She also does a marvelous job of intertwining historical facts with fictional characters. Her addition of a sweet romantic story-line is the icing on the cake.  While I enjoyed the entire series, it should be noted that each story can easily be read as a stand-alone. My only note of caution would be to not read them out of order if you intend on reading the entire series. Each book contains some plot spoilers from previous books.   I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this story
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
As Love Blooms is the third installment in The Gregory Sisters series by Lorna Seilstad. The series follows the stories of three sisters (each are given their own book) during 1913 Saint Paul, Minnesota—A time when women fought for rights and equality. Though I haven’t read the first two books in the series, this does well as a stand-alone. My guess is that it would be best to read the books in order though, so too much isn’t revealed too soon. Tessa Gregory, the youngest of the sisters, is a strong, sassy woman with an underlayment of white-lie-deception. She has a love of horticulture and hopes to work at Como Park in St. Paul—But that’s no job for a woman!  Which brings Reese King into the picture. What if he and Tessa work together? He can take credit—only to reveal the truth after she’s made an impact! Sounds like a plan. But, of course, rarely do things go as simply as planned, so there are fun twists and tricks to guide the reader through this entertaining tale. I enjoy stories that show the development of women, internal and external, and lay out a foundation for future generations.  The humor and sass throughout the story gives this a light-hearted feel, yet has a ribbon of historical, political, and social importance weaved throughout, giving depth and a satisfying end. 4 Stars. Cover: Okay Title: Like Publisher: Revell Pages: 320 Pace: Fast First lines (prologue): “Flowers have an expression of countenance.” Tessa Gregory whispered the words she’d once read. She studied the blooms in the Como Park planter and shook her head. If the author was correct, then these pansies were suffering from a severe case of melancholy. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher through Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lorna Seilstad in her new book, “As Love Blooms” Book Three in The Gregory Sisters series published by Revell brings us into the life of Tessa Gregory. From the Back Cover: Young romance opens like a rose . . . but even a rose has its thorns. Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 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 the lush backdrop of manicured gardens and greenhouses full of the exotic, Lorna Seilstad weaves a sweet and sassy story that is sure to delight. 1913 and women’s rights. It is into this time period that we join Tessa and her desire to to enter into the horticulturist field and work at the prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, MN. However women have not achieved equality just yet and she is denied. This is not going to stop her and if you cannot enter through the front door there are always other doors to try. Then there is the romance between Tessa and Reese. Add to that the sub-stories regarding the other sisters and Ms. Seilstad has given us quite a book. “As Love Blooms” is a lot of fun. Ms. Seilstad does a wonderful job of transporting us back to a time and place that we will, sadly, never experience again so savor the time spent in these pages. This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history. I liked it a lot and I am looking forward to more from this fabulous author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was such a great historical romance.  These books make one laugh and cry a little.  This series was a great pick me up type of book.  If you need something to cheer you up than read any of the books in this series.  This one is about the youngest sister Tessa.  her sisters don't think she can stick with any one project and when she wants to become a gardener and design them at some parks in St. Paul, Minnesota they don't believe she will stick to it.  She needs to prove them wrong.  She is able to help Reese King and of course fall in love.  You will enjoy a fun roller coaster ride.  I look forward to many more series by Lorna.  I received this from Revell reads for a fair and honest opinion.
simpleharvestreads More than 1 year ago
As Love Blooms is a sweet story about a girl who finds love while struggling to fulfill her dreams and struggling to find who she is during a time in history that was redefining women. The relationship between the sisters is wonderfully constructed and the reader can see their strengths, weaknesses, struggles and support of each other throughout the story.  The girls relationship with their Aunt Sam is different than most relationships but you can see how much love they have for each other. The book also focuses on Reece and his struggle to step out of his father’s spotlight.  I enjoyed his relationship with is friend, Erik and his wife as well as his landlady.  This relationship gave insight into his character making it a pleasure to read a book that toggles between two main characters. In the background of As Love Blooms is the focus on horticulture.  The story reflects the knowledge and research completed by the author regarding this subject.  There was a lot of interesting information given and the nuances about what was popular at the time or going on in horticulture during that time in history added to the story. Added to this is the question of women being involved professionally in the horticulture industry or just in private homes makes the story line interesting.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Nurturing! As Love Blooms, By: Lorna Seilstad What a delightful book of romance and historical fiction all rolled into one. There is just something so lovable about the Gregory sisters that draws you to them. Their personalities are very different and uniquely their own. I love the strong faith, love and devotion in this book. You will fall in love with these characters. An excellent read. 5 stars. Be sure to get you copy today.
Charity_Andrews More than 1 year ago
Tessa is hiding a secret and she absolutely MUST get hired as a horticulturist at Como Park or her family will find out what it is. They already think so little of her...Of course, there is also a young, handsome man that is vying for the same position and is ever so kind. Lorna is always a great storyteller and uses history in such a unique way. The characters are full of life, deep, and grow throughout. Even for someone with a black thumb and no interest in gardening, she can make the story come alive and hold my interest. Thank you, Revell, for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here's to many more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book three of The Gregory Sisters series follows the life of the youngest sister, Tessa. After losing their parents the sisters agreed to support one another in obtaining their dreams. Each of them ended up pursuing careers that were male dominated in the early 1900s, inspired by their own passions and their suffragette foster aunt. While the older two sisters had not had an easy road to career success, it had been a fairly direct route for each of them. Not so for Tessa, who had dabbled in photography, acting and working for the Pinkerton Agency before discovering her true passion for horticulture. As with her sisters, career pursuits led to romantic ones.       Seilstad's research and personal knowledge of the St. Paul area the culture of the early 1900s is a tremendous asset to her story- telling. From the building of the Como Park's conservatory to Nabisco's introduction of the Oreo biscuit, she transports her readers across time and space into the Gregory's world. The gardening theme is carried across the spiritual lessons within the story. Seilstad explores the meaning of having faith as big as a mustard seed. She also explores being rooted in faith, family, and convictions. Important lessons one hundred years ago and now.      As Love Blooms is a delightful read that reminds one of the values once held dear in American society, values that we can, and should, still foster in our families and communities. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing As Love Blooms for my honest review, and the opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Becky_Dempsey98 More than 1 year ago
Tessa Gregory is the youngest of the Gregory sisters and has pursued many different passions as the mood struck. Now she must get a job at Como Park to prove to her older sisters that she is serious about horticulture so they will stop treating her like a child.  Reese King is drawn to Tessa the first time he sees her and when he sees her garden designs, he decides they can help each other achieve their goals and offers to help her. As they work together to build a garden, the seeds of love begin to bloom. Will the secrets of their pasts pull up the seedling of love? "As Love Blooms" is the third book in the Gregory Sisters series, which I did not realize. I have not read the first two books (although I just discovered I actually have them both in Kindle editions!), but I didn't feel like I was coming into the story partway through. It gives details about the older sisters' lives that I assume you learn gradually through the other books (like how they ended up with their spouses and jobs), but it didn't make you loose any of the meaning from this story. Tessa kept me wondering what she was going to do next and I kept waiting for Reese to make his move. I was somewhat surprised that they declared their love for each other as "early" in the book as they did. It made me realize that there had to be some sort of a blow up to pull them apart, before coming back together by the end of the book. I didn't expect the event that took place after the blow up, so I was surprised. I enjoyed reading "As Love Blooms" and will go back and read the previous two books (even though I know the results of the story) I received a free paperback of this book by Revell in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
As Love Blooms is the third book in The Gregory Sisters trilogy, however, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel for those who have not read the first two books. I have read all three books in the series and have enjoyed each one of them very much! The author writes about strong female characters who are all trying, in their own way, to break into fields not usually open to females of the time. Sometimes an author can write a female character that is so stubborn and set on changing things that I can’t really feel compassion for her. However, that is not the case in these books. In As Love Blooms, Tessa has strong goals and is a likeable character. This story also deals with the fact that all people tend to keep some things secret. And although some things are small and inconsequential secrets, others have the possibility of truly hurting others when that secret is revealed. The author also delved into why various characters in the story feel the need to keep things to themselves that might be better out in the open. I thought that the author did a great job of creating an interesting story, fun characters, a good romantic attraction, and the possibility of damaging secrets hanging over the story. This book was a good way to wrap up the series. My thanks to Revell for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Lorna Seilstad's Lake Manawa Summer series, so I jumped at the chance to review this book for Revell Reads. I was not disappointed. Though this is the third book in the series (about the third Gregory sister Tessa), it reads like a stand alone book. I would, however, like to read the first two books in the series so I can get the background on Hannah and Charlotte! This story was so much fun. Tessa's personality shown through the entire book and I lapped it up. She is bubbly, effervescent, and exciting. Life is her "greatest adventure" and it shows through each page. Her "reach for the stars" personality is the perfect match for solid, serious, and feet firmly planted on the ground Reese. His protective and humble personality was refreshing. I really liked that he didn't try to change Tessa, he just arranged his life around her's. Tessa and Reese both have to learn to put their faith in a power greater than their own. "A small amount of genuine faith is enough to produce great hope." Even faith the size of a mustard seed is enough for Jesus to do the work. Reese has to learn to let go of trying to please his earthly father and work to please his heavenly Father. Tessa has to learn that man will let you down at some point, no matter how good the person is. The only one who won't let you down is the Lord. Overall, I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading more from this amazing author. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible inspirational historical romance. I love reading series like this one, where each book focuses on one member of a family. It is so much fun to meet the whole family in book one and learn more about them throughout the series. In this book the main character is Tessa, the youngest of the Gregory sisters. In each of the previous books she had a different interest. We find in this book though that her life dream is the interest that peeked out briefly in both of them. I love her character and personality. She is so spunky that reading about her is delightful. There are a number of new characters, including Reese King, in this novel. Lorna does a marvelous job of developing them, both the good and the evil ones. Reese is a perfect example of someone who has been wounded by something said to them. The comment is permanently etched in his mind and affects everything he does and the decisions he makes. Yet the other person barely remembers the conversation. Watching what we say so that we do not cause those kinds of wounds is a lesson we can all stand to learn. This novel helps to point that out. The main story is the development of the friendship between Tessa and Reese. There are also two additional storylines that are running in the background. All three are very well written. They run along within the extended family without detracting from each other. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that multiple characters are leaning more about trusting God and how to separate that trust from their emotional desires. I really love it when an author can put these deep spiritual lessons into a light entertaining novel and challenge me to examine my own heart. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
As Love Blooms was just the sort of book I was craving for and didn’t even realize it. This was a lighthearted romance and yet a great history lesson of the prejudices women went through in the past. From wearing pants, to working outside the home, and eventually the suffrage movement for women to vote, I appreciated all the more what our fore-mothers fought for: our freedoms that so many of us take for granted now. I liked the tenaciousness of Tessa and how she would not be bullied by anyone. I also liked how Reese (love that name!) was just the man to not only let her be herself, but to keep her grounded as well. Their love story was not without its ups and downs and some secrets on both sides that needed to see the light. Supportive family and a bit of mystery turned adventure rounded out this well told story. This was a first read for me by Ms. Seilstad and the third in the series. However, I look forward to going back and reading about her two sisters’ adventures. I received a copy of the book for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Love Blooms was kind of a cute, fun story; third book in the Gregory Sisters series by Lorna Seilstad.      It follows the life of youngest sister, Tessa Gregory, with her vivacious, slightly wild, nature; her love of gardens and growing things; her secrets; and dangerous escapades.      Though I didn’t like it as much as the first book in this series, As Love Blooms was interesting enough, and I enjoyed learning more about Tessa and seeing her story unfold. The gardening parts were fun, the sisters’ relationship sweet, and the faith theme poignant. There was bits here and there that I quite appreciated about this book.      But, unfortunately, I found a few negatives as well. I think my biggest thing would be the romance. It just felt kind of…shallow. Rushed. Superficial. They enjoyed working together and thought the other was oh so delightful; yet they used each other secretly and rather selfishly. They weren’t even serious about marriage in the future or even their romance really at all, and yet they were kissing to show each other that they weren’t “just friends”. I don’t know. It just doesn’t appeal to me.      Lorna Seilstad’s novels usually have something about woman’s suffrage in them. And while I think it was a worthy cause…sometimes I feel her characters just go too far and too deep. Hmm. Sometimes I just feel that it’s all about the women. And they just need their rights. And life simply can’t go on if they don’t get what they want. There’s this air of selfishness floating around. Tessa often does foolish things just because she feels like “disobeying” it seems. Well, maybe that’s just how I felt.      I’m not meaning to bash this book. I suppose you can decide for yourself if the romance and women’s rights issues are to your liking in As Love Blooms. Those are simply my opinions and feelings.      Overall, As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad was a pleasant read, and kept me interested. Also, there was an unexpected suspense twist to it, which was intriguing, :) So…this book wasn’t really my preference. But it may be yours! I received a copy of As Love Blooms from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The third and final book in the Gregory Sister’s series, and I really hate for it to end. We are reunited with the whole family, and it is growing! Aunt Sam is being pursued, the sister’s are back, Charlotte, Hannah, and now we have Tessa ‘s story. This one is also action packed and we are still trying to achieve woman’s rights, it is 1913 after all. Spunky Tessa is surely following in her sister’s footsteps, without even realizing it. She has decided she wants to enter into the horticulturist field and work at the prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, MN. When she is rejected for being a woman, a no no for sure, she is even willing to put on pants to work in the gardens. What an adventure she is about to partake in, and maybe a bit of romance, and you will wonder who is smitten here. Page-turner her for sure, and I am sad to have this series end, loved being back in this time period. If you have not yet read the first two books in this series, be sure to do so, you won’t regret it. I received this book through the Publisher Revell’s Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Tessa wants to make her mark as a gardener. She's been in school studying horticulture and needs a job to prove to her family that she's finally grown up. But no one will take her seriously because she's a woman. So when she meets Reese, a gardener in Como Park they strike a deal that will benefit both of them if they can pull it off. I had so much fun reading this story. Unfortunately I didn't read the first two books in the series, but the book worked well as a stand-alone. The author wrote with humor, but also brought serious elements into the story. She showcased the importance of family and a strong faith in God. Her characters were realistic, but entertaining. The strong relationship between the family members definitely made me want to go back and read the previous two books. I've enjoyed my first book by this author and will be checking out her other books. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Love blooms in Saint Paul's Como Park. But will the roots grow deep enough to survive life's challenges? Tessa Gregory's dream of becoming a gardener seems impossible in 1913 at Como Park. She will go to any length to impress the superintendent of her abilities. When the handsome gardener Reese King offers to help her, will she risk it all, including her heart to win the favor she so desires? I deeply enjoy reading Lorna Seilstad's books. They are so full of life and humor, but also deep with truths. As Love Blooms has all of these wonderful elements. The bond and strength of family being in the forefront of this book. We are also reminded that faith is not something that we have to try and muster up ourselves, but to have the faith to rely on God to take care of us. I enjoyed Tessa's adventurous spirit! She reminded me a great deal of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. You will be on the edge of your seat as you read this remarkable story of love and life. I received a free copy of As Love Blooms from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Thursday, May 14, 2015 As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad, © 2015 The Gregory Sisters series, Book 3 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith. --Colossians 2:6-7 Isn't she lovely? Wait until you meet this third sister, Tessa Gregory. It is mid-May, 1913, in St. Paul, Minnesota, as our story opens. How much trouble can one person get into, and on her way to seek a gardening position in the city parks systems, especially at beautiful Como Park, with her horticulturist background? Picking flowers, indeed; deadheading is more like it! The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, also known as the Como Park Conservatory, is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was built in 1913 by an architect named Frederick Nussbaumer, and officially opened in 1915. This unique structure includes an acre of flowers and plants with its nine different gardens. A total of approximately 50,000 plants occupy these gardens and encompass over 1,600 species. Helping instead of hindering, how could she have been mistaken for a species thief? At least a nearby park gardener knew the difference and rescued her from the patrolling park officer. He is on his way to see the park superintendent, Mr. Nussbaumer, too, and escorts her. His name? Reese King. She is declined. The Gregory girls promised to support one another's dreams. Walking home from the streetcar, she is met at Aunt Sam's Summit Avenue mansion by sisters Hannah and Charlotte. Certainly they would help her come up with a plan. She must work at Como Park. They need her. Frivolous fundraisers and committee meetings are out ~ she must design gardens and get her hands in the warm soil. After a good night's sleep, she is on the streetcar again. With her garden plans in hand, she would keep returning until Mr. Nussbaumer looked at them ~ either out of curiosity or to get rid of her. But how could he, once he sees her proficiency? When she gets to Como Park, she finds that Reese has a plan of his own ~ to help her, and using her design plans she brought for a new garden he has been given free reign to create. Tessa agrees to have this become a reality with one condition ~ she helps plant. I like Tessa's perkiness and Reese's overlooking drama as they work side-by-side to gain new blooms. With her designing and his digging and lifting, they complement each other. Could they beyond the gardens? He studied the area, allowing the plans Tessa had created and he had studied to take shape on the empty land before him. In the end, he'd selected her design for an Arts and Crafts garden. She'd included a nice selection of flower groupings in intense colors. Most of the flowers needed were already propagating in the greenhouse. Her design featured separate garden rooms, which would give each area of the garden a different feel. The little areas, partitioned off a larger garden, would have different schemes. Some would have ornamental additions, some water features, and some hard landscaping. --As Love Blooms, 33 This is going to take some time... Back to the sister's promoting each other's dreams; Tessa hopes that the input there will bring about the desired results. It will take juggling and spacing all of the coming activities. Visualized dreams coming alive. ***Thank you to Revell Reads for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for As Love Blooms. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***