It (the new Lori Wilde book) had me from the last sentence of the prologue.
"Then he stripped off his helmet, pulled away his goggles, and Caitlyn stared straight into the eyes of a dead man." Goosebumps popped out on my arms when I read this and I just knew I was going to love this story.
"The Welcome Home Garden Club" is the fifth of her Twilight, Texas series, and another winner as far as I'm concerned. This heart-warming story is one of Wilde's best. By the way, all of the other books in this series are very good and I have enjoyed reading all of them. The True Love Quilting Club (Avon Romance) The Sweethearts' Knitting Club The First Love Cookie Club
All of the books have endearing characters, just the right amount of sweet & spicy sex and stories, which will twist your heart but leave you feeling good with a happy ending. And that's why I read romance, and Lori Wilde is one of the best romance authors writing today. This book jumps to the top of my favorites-list from this author, for several reasons. I think it has some of her best story-telling. She is masterful at showing the reader -painting pictures with her words - rather than simply telling us. Our journey through the story is even more enjoyable because of this.
Her humor is also evident. One of my favorite passages is when she explains how the hero of the story, Gideon Garza gets his nickname, Giddy. Fun!
Each chapter begins with the traditional meaning of a flower. A clever and significant addition to the story, entwined nicely since the heroine, Caitlyn Marsh, is the town florist, who has a penchant for flowers and plants.
The story unfolds when the garden club asks Caitlyn to design a victory garden for a contest they want to enter; she is intrigued and is the natural person for the job. Caitlyn also has a personal reason for designing a very special victory garden, she intends to honor her first love, Gideon, who she believes died oversees after he enlisted when they were very young.
When Gideon, the war-weary, former Green Beret returns to Twilight for his father's funeral, Caitlyn is shocked and a sweet and romantic tale unwinds between these two soul mates, fate brought back together.
There is a sprinkling of characters from her previous Twilight stories, something I love. I like to keep in touch with characters once I have invested in their happily ever after.
Ms. Wilde's simple acknowledgement in the front of the book sets the tone for her story. She wrote, "Thank you to all the servicemen and women who daily put their lives on the line to give the rest of us our freedom. God Bless You."
I recommend this book (and all of Lori Wilde's books). If you are a romantic at heart and/or simply enjoy a good romantic book this one is sure to please you.
You might also enjoy The Wedding Veil Wishes series by Lori Wilde:
There Goes the Bride
Addicted to Love (Wedding Veil Wishes)
All of Me
Once Smitten, Twice Shy