Happy Last day of the week…also known as Friday! I’m bringing to you a great little love story by the wonderful Gloria Haynes. Her talent of mixing romance and history together is illustrated in The Garden of Love. For my full review keep reading after the book blurb. Have an awesome weekend and feel free to share with me what books your reading!
Widow Finola MacNamara needs a home—and a job. She’s no stranger to hard work, but faced with the dire prospect of being forced to work as a saloon girl, she finds work as a housekeeper for a Louisville banker with an ailing young son. Caring for the young lad helps her grieving heart to heal, and she even finds a secret place for the garden that will make her whole again. But has she also found love, as well?
Widower Timothy Adams has already lost his wife, now he fears losing his son, too. He’s expecting the housekeeper he’s hired to be an old widow woman, but the lovely brunette who steps off the train isn’t what he was expecting. Before long, his young son is blossoming under Finola’s loving care and his house is soon feeling like a home again. But can the upstanding town banker truly have found love with his Irish housekeeper?
Finola is definitely not the housekeeper Timothy Adams envisioned when he was given her name. Though she is a widow, she is young and very pretty. At first, he feels he must turn her right around and send her back. But, when Finola proves she is a good fit from the start he can’t turn her away. When Finola also figures out what is causing his son’s illness he feels she truly is a gift from God. As Finola finds her place as more than a housekeeper and more of a member of the family she begins to have feelings for Timothy. Though this would be an inappropriate relationship she cannot help herself. She isn’t alone in her feelings but the times they live in give them pause whether to pursue one another. Can they put their reservations aside and follow their hearts or will their stubbornness and social expectations let them lose something special?
This is another win from Mary Wilson. Her talent for blending love and history really brings things alive. I truly loved the love story of Finola and Timothy. It was a bit of a Cinderella story with Finola being the housekeeper and Timothy being her employer. I loved her fiery attitude and her devotion to her work. Mary Wilson’s story telling keeps getting better and better. She really makes you feel as though you are in that era. You are immersed with the culture and social structure making things very relatable. Overall, if you like a good romance with a historical background you will love this book.