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Garrett Oliver thinks he has his life all in order – a great job working in the heirloom gardens of a premier resort in Tennessee and a girlfriend he hopes will accept his proposal of marriage in Seeds of Intention by Andrea Thome. Things don’t go exactly as planned, though, and the arrival of a new General Manager, the beautiful and charming Willow Armstrong who has her own baggage, adds some different complications. Among his friends who are the resort’s proprietors, Garrett has plenty of support as he comes to terms with his disappointment, and an instant attraction to Willow confuses him. The Fall season moves along with pleased guests and more surprises as Willow is asked to find a new location for a similar resort in Colorado. With the opportunity to have someone go with her, Willow asks Garrett since their relationship is becoming more serious. The trip goes well with a number of twists and turns so big decisions need to be made. It only goes to show that you never know what the future may hold.
As the second book in the Hesse Creek Series by Andrea Thome, Seeds of Intention is a perfect stand-alone story. Building on Walland, the first volume, the beginning of Seeds of Intention supplies enough explanation for you to jump right into the story line without feeling something is missing. The writing is refreshing, the characters well-developed and the plot full of action and intrigue. Emotional issues are also sprinkled throughout the story that add depth to the characters and sincerity to their interactions. A thoroughly enjoyable story that I couldn't put down. The flow is perfect and the characters are both strong and vulnerable, which makes them quite believable. This is a delightful book that could easily be enjoyed by a crackling fire or on the beach, leaving you with a smile and a sense of anticipation for more to come.