Planting Hope

Planting Hope

by Brenda S. Anderson


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When flowers and chocolate collide, romance is sure to bloom.Family has always been the one constant in Jess Beaumont's messy life, so when her parents separate, she puts "Operation: Planting Hope" into action. All she has to do is recreate the circumstances that helped her parents fall in love. Unfortunately, that includes the daunting task of restoring the family cabin's gardens. When the handsome candy store owner shows up to help, she's certain she has all the elements required for her parents' love to bloom again. After all, flowers and chocolate are the perfect ingredients for romance.Luke Harrison has spent his life trying to win his father's approval, and a promotion in the family land development business would be a step in that direction. But when he inherits Gran's candy store, his dreams of being promoted start melting away. Then his dad dangles a Vice President position in front of Luke, with one caveat-acquire the land on both sides of Gran's store within five months, including the Beaumont cabin, and the promotion is his.What at first seemed a simple challenge for Luke becomes a tangled mess. Buying the Beaumont cabin and land will nip his blossoming romance with Jess in the bud. Even worse, it could end her parents' marriage. But if he doesn't succeed, he could be trading in his corner office for the corner candy store.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986214769
Publisher: Brenda S. Anderson
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Series: Where the Heart Is , #3
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She lives in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

Readers can learn more about Brenda S. Anderson at

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Planting Hope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DChatley More than 1 year ago
Calling all romantics. This is definitely a book that appeals to the romantic side, but what I appreciated is that it includes real life challenges. In this story, you will meet Luke and Jess who find themselves drawn to each other only, but who also are trying to please their families sometimes over themselves.. And life being what it is, throws a curve ball into the mix. Luke who works for his father at a development company wants to buy property that is in Jess's family and to Jess that property is the key to the future of her family which she wants to keep in tact. So in the battle between family and happiness, how do Jess and Luke maneuver. Will they choose family priorities over each other? And where is God in the equation? How can they hear God's voice above the many expectations upon them? You will have to get a copy to find out how it turns out. Another key part I liked about this book was the little bits of wisdom you read along the way. Being a lover of quotes I appreciated these. I will just share a couple of my favorites. A mended heart will never be the same as before, but healing can make it stronger. The best way to learn about hope is to walk through tragedy. Sometimes when people are stuck in storms of their own choosing, they don't want to see the light. You can't change the past, but you can impact the future
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
This book, Planting Hope, the third in the series was wonderful. It was exactly what I needed to read at this time in my life. I am in the middle of a changing season, orchestrated by God, or should I say the end of the changing season with God, and I needed this encouragement and hope that the book offered. It was wonderful. I think the part that spoke to me the most was how God is working behind the scenes, or even more front and center but sometimes has to get some things out of our lives before He is ready to bring new, better things into our lives. I want to stay open to His leading, I don’t want to fight Him in this process and I want to be ready for the changes He sees necessary for me to make (or Him to make in my life). This book offered that and so much more. It was also a wonderful reminder to eat and exercise and live the way God entrusts us too… that I don’t have to deny myself to attain anything but instead should eat and exercise and live with health in mind. I don’t think that was the main message of the book but it spoke to my heart because God has been working on that in my life. Great book – I’m sad this series is over. I hope the author has another getting ready to publish because I love her characters.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
This is the third and final book in the Where the Heart Is series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books, and I wasn't disappointed in this one. It can be read as a standalone, but I certainly recommend reading the first two books in the series for further backgrounds on the characters and because they are good ones. I thoroughly enjoyed following Jess and Luke's story and seeing how God worked in their lives to bring them together in spite of the family situations each of them faced. This is another one from this author that I didn't want to put down after I started it because I was kept wondering what could happen next. The title is definitely a fitting title for the them of this heartwarming and inspiring story. It is another wonderful read from this author that I definitely recommend.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Planting Hope is the third installment from Brenda S Anderson's Where the Heart Is series. I have loved each and every one of the books of this series, but Planting Hope is by far my favorite. It is such a delightful read full of love, hope, faith and inspiration. I loved the characters, Jess and Luke. The scenes with those two were wonderful. The book toys with the reader's emotions. I was brought to tears at times and had to snicker at others. This is my kind of story. Loved it! Highly recommended. 100 stars I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Planting Hope is a lovely wrap-up to the Where the Heart Is series. The strength, or lack thereof, of a family unit has a profound impact on all of its members. Brenda Anderson expertly illustrates that in this story, and all of her books, as she deal honestly with the idiosyncrasies of families - the good, bad, and ugly. The Beaumont family seems to have it all - looks, talent, money. But when her parents separate, Jess Beaumont is stunned. Perhaps it wasn't the perfect marriage, but divorce? The thought launches her into action to save their marriage and keep the family together. Flowers, chocolate, romance - it's the perfect plan. But when things go awry, that plan requires help from Luke Harrison, the new candy store owner. She doesn't trust him or his property-grabbing family business that seems to own half of Duluth. Her plan is all about love and commitment. What would he know about that? Planting Hope is all about that - the hope God plants deep in our hearts, and the lengths we'll go to for those we love. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series, and book 3, Planting Hope, does not disappoint. I'm grateful for authors like Brenda who write about the importance of family, the good and bad of relationships, and the solid foundation of faith that upholds us through dark times.
ConR More than 1 year ago
How often have you ever put blood, sweat and tears into a "project", AND prayer, hoping to receive a particular outcome? Did you then get mad at God for "not listening"? This is much the quandry for Jess Beaumont. She is putting all she has on the line in order for God to fix her parents marriage. I really enjoyed the story and characters. There is also a nice little subplot in there of the impact of godly Christian grandparents and the legacy they can have on their families. I so enjoyed reading about Luke's Gran, and the many ways her life had touched many of the people in the story. Really nice book. Can't wait for the next!