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Review: Tomorrow’s Garden

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?

Who can pass up a story with a handsome Texas Ranger, former or not? Above is the back copy blurb for Amanda Cabot’s latest release, Tomorrow’s Garden, Book Three—the final book—in the Texas Dreams series. I’ve read Paper Roses (twice) and jumped at the opportunity to read her newest story. I wasn’t disappointed.

Harriet is an interesting character, sober and responsible, yet with a touch of playfulness that Lawrence is able to bring out. It keeps her from seeming a bit too starched. I also loved it that Amanda gave her spectacles. How many heroines in romances wear spectacles? It made her real, yet Lawrence still finds her physically appealing. (Okay, maybe I like it because I also wear glasses much of the time.)

Lawrence is a man to admire. He’s strong in his commitment to his job and to helping others. And, although Harriet raises his blood pressure at times, mostly a patient man. Actually, I think I would have liked to have seen him bloody Thomas’ nose, just once, but…

I liked the way Amanda gave them each opposing fears based on past incidents in their lives. She has a way of finding something clever that resonates with me. In Paper Roses, it was the idea of Sarah calling her letters “paper roses” as if she had received a stunning, romantic bouquet from her beau. 

In Tomorrow’s Garden, Amanda didn’t shy away from a subject we, as Christians, tend to face from time to time—disunity within the church. She didn’t make her Christian characters sweet and syrupy, but gave them a real concern and resolution.

I’ll admit that the second book in the series, Scattered Petals, is still on my To Read list. But reading Tomorrow’s Garden has planted a deeper desire to get my hands on the second novel as soon as possible. For sweet romance with a bit of suspense thrown in, you can’t go wrong with Amanda Cabot’s Texas Dreams series. 

A few weeks ago, Amanda visited this blog with her recommendations for simplifying research. You can read her post here.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book came to me free from Revell (Baker Publishing Group) with the hope that I would mention it on this blog. There was no requirement for me to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  

Sandra Ardoin engages readers with stories of love and faith. She’s the author of heartwarming and award-winning historical romance. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com. Subscribe to receive her updates and specials: http://eepurl.com/Xjqwr. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and BookBub.

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