by Lori Wilde

April 2011
ISBN: 9780061988431
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Mass Market Paperback

Caitlyn Marsh stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her high-school sweetheart, Gideon Garza left her pregnant when he headed for Iraq. Now she’s a single mom, raising her young son while the members of the Garden Club drive her insane with their attempts to match her up with other eligible men. But then Gideon swaggers back into town...

Gideon left home in the middle of the night with threats ringing in his ears. Now he’s a Green Beret with battle-scars. And a newly found owner of a vast cattle ranch that his step-father left him when he died.

Caitlyn is a woman he’s never forgotten, but he’s a bit stunned to find her the mother of a young boy — one who looks exactly like he did at that age. Can Gideon overcome his past to embrace a family?

The Welcome Home Garden Club sounded like it would be interesting to read. I like gardening and thought that a romance centered around flowers and vegetables might be a fun read. Instead, the story starts out with a funeral — of Gideon’s father — and then dives deep into back-story with Gideon in the Middle East trying to get orphans to safety and Caitlyn trying to balance her work life with her Garden Club and with her son.

The story starts well enough, but the dive from the present into the past threw me for a loop that I never quite recovered from. The author also stopped the story several times to describe people, events and things that had nothing to do with the scene that we were in. The ending was really sweet though. All in all, I didn’t see what made Lori Wilde a best-selling author. I won’t be picking up any more of her books.

Reviewed in December 2011 by Laura.

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