Where the Marigolds Grow: A Review

About the Book:

Through strong family relationships, faith, and forgiveness new beginnings are starting in a tiny town tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Bree Daniels has returned to her hometown of Bear Valley, North Carolina. Widowed and unemployed, she finds herself living with her parents and younger sister, Clara, again. Desperate to make the best of a heartbreaking situation, Bree tries to fulfill her late husband’s dream for her to open her own bakery. After nearly a year of disappointments, Bree begins to lose faith that this is in God’s plan for her. Her hope is reignited when someone new comes to town.

Garret Walker has no intention of staying in Bear Valley. After over a decade in the Navy, his only focus is on reuniting with his younger brother, Joe, after tragedy drove a wedge between them. His plans start to change after meeting his new boss’s daughter, Bree.

Book Review

If you are looking for a sweet and light Hallmark-esque romance novel, I would recommend this book. It has a good Christian theme running throughout, including needing to trust in God’s plan and forgiveness.

I really enjoyed Bree’s character. Her strength and tenacity, especially given her circumstances, is admirable. She refuses to give up on her dream of opening her own bakery, even though it has been difficult. I also admired her willingness to start dating, even if it might be hard for her after her husband’s death. I wish, however, that there was even more depth to her character. And Garret’s as well. I felt that both were missing something, like we never got to see the real them.

Speaking of Garret, again, I wish there had been more depth to his character. I think I would’ve really fallen in love with him myself if his personality shone even more. He seems to have a drive, he seems to care about those around him, but there just needed to be more. I definitely think the author could’ve played up his strained relationship with his brother.

That being said, if you like Hallmark romance stories and need just a very light read to escape into, I’d recommend this book.

I had received a complimentary copy of the book and this is my honest review.