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by Brenda Anderson
From the back cover:
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.
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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 www.brendaandersonbooks.com.
A knight in shining armor; a damsel in distress; a marriage in shambles… Luke and Jess have their work cut out for them — if it’s even possible to succeed.
One of the pleasures of reading a series is the continuation of settings and characters that have become familiar. Characters from Capturing Beauty appear in Planting Hope, and although they play small roles, it was fun to see them again.
I loved Gran’s legacy, both in the candy shop and her wisdom-filled “gran-isms.” Even though Gran isn’t personally in the story, I still enjoyed her character!
Luke and Jess have an on-going fairy-tale-type dialogue that might seem cute or fun to some, but I found it somewhat annoying. Of course, that could be entirely because of my own life circumstances at the time I was reading. However, I enjoyed “watching” the landscape take shape as Jess stubbornly worked to try to save her parents’ marriage.
Planting Hope is the third book in the Where the Heart Is series. While it was not my favorite of Brenda Anderson’s books, I do still look forward to reading her next one!
If you enjoy a fun romance or are looking for a lighter read, Planting Hope may be just the encouraging, hopeful story you’re looking for!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)