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 storytelling. 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.