As Love Blooms


 I have so enjoyed Lorna Seilstad’s latest series The Gregory Sisters. Each of the sisters was a strong and unique personality and determined to make her way in a predominately man’s world. Last but not least is youngest sister Tessa whose ambition has changed enough times that her sisters find it difficult to take her seriously and tend to be a mite overprotective. Tessa’s love of gardening and her talent for design have stayed with her throughout her life and she really wants a chance to work as a horticulturist in one of the St. Paul city parks.

It wouldn’t be a Seilstad book without lots of historical detail, a bit of intrigue and suspense, and of course her trademark humor. “As Love Blooms” steps up to the mark in each of these areas and may have been my favorite of the series. Tessa was a joy to read about and Reese was the perfect match for her personality. I liked how he started out planning to use Tessa’s talent to further his own career but his conscience would never let him rest.

“As Love Blooms” is a fun and faith-filled romance that made my day better while reading it. I highly recommend it. I personally would not miss a one of Lorna Seilstad’s novels. If you have not discovered her books. Take a chance on this one.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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.

Read an excerpt from “As Love Blooms” As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad.

What people are saying about The Gregory Sisters

“A cut above the rest.”–RT Book Reviews

“Thoroughly charming.”–Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series

“Delightful . . . a wonderfully satisfying read.”–Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of The Inn at Eagle Hill series


Lorna SeilstadA history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at