Saturday, April 23, 2011

Book Review: Tomorrow's Garden by Amanda Cabot

From the publisher's website:

As a seed awaits the spring sunshine, so one young woman hopes for a brighter tomorrow.

Tomorrow's Garden: A Novel (Texas Dreams)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 thoughts on the book:

I enjoyed this book, although I liked the second book in the series (Scattered Petals) better. It was fun reading about what happened to the characters that I read about in the previous book.

I'm not sure why, but it took me a while to finish this one. I don't think it was because it was boring, but I did notice that the author used too many "big words" in this particular novel, something I didn't notice in the second book. They were not words I hadn't heard before (except for the word "megrims"), but it made the tone of the book a little different and caused me to stop reading when I saw one and interrupted the flow of the plot. A few examples of these words are: peregrinations, prognosticative, and "a Gallic shrug" (I'm still not sure what that means).

Aside from that, I thought Mrs. Cabot wrote an interesting plot and tied up the stories of these Texans well. I'm kind of sad that there won't be any more books in this series.

I give Tomorrow's Garden 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. 
“Available April 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

(I received this book from Revell for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses and Scattered Petals, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler. She lives in Wyoming.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"A Gallic shrug" - I believe would be someone shrugging their shoulders - Gallic=French, and it was considered a particularly French gesture at the time.