Saturday, April 23, 2011
Tomorrow's Garden by Amanda Cabot ~ review
From the Back Cover
As a seed awaits the spring sunshine, so one young woman hopes for a brighter tomorrow:
Harriet Kirk is certain that becoming the new schoolteacher in Ladreville, Texas, is just what she needs--a chance to put the past behind her and give her younger siblings a brighter tomorrow. What she didn't count on was the presence of handsome former Texas Ranger Lawrence Wood--or the way he affects her fragile heart. But can Harriet and Lawrence ever truly conquer the past in order to find happiness?
Book 3 in the Texas Dreams series, Tomorrow's Garden is a powerful story of overcoming the odds and grabbing hold of happiness.
My take on this book:
Harriet Kirk is the sole caregiver for her five younger brothers and sisters.After the death of their parents in a fire, they continued to live in their tiny hometown of Fortune Texas, but when a teaching position becomes available in Ladreville Harriet accepts the job. She is hoping for a fresh start for herself and her siblings. Could that fresh start include ex Texas ranger Lawrence Wood, who is the sheriff/mayor of Ladreville?
This book started out a bit slow for me, and the opening pages had me thinking I wouldn't like Harriet very well, with her demands for a particular type of house and her blunt attitude, but boy was I wrong. Once the story starts to unfold and I was introduced to Harriet's backstory I understood that she really was a kind caring person. After the death of her parents she became dreadfully afraid of house fires, which made me understand why she would want to live in a particular type of house. She is a strong young lady, who has alot of responsibility, but she also has fears that often control her.It was nice to see the entire family grow in their new town, and I could just imagine Harriet blossoming as she steps out of those frumpy clothes and into a new dress. I really wanted her to find love with the handsome sheriff.
The cover of the book is beautiful, and it really hints to the story that unfolds inside. Once this story got rolling I really enjoyed it. While it is the third book in the Texas Dreams series I feel that it can easily be read as a stand alone work, I hadn't read the first two in the series and had no problems following this story. A great read for fans of historical fiction.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Available April 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."