By Dianne Venetta
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Rating: Highly Recommended
Fun Tidbit: Jennifer's Garden has been nominated for an Indie Award!
In her debut novel, Dianne Venetta brings a cast of wonderful and intriguing characters to life by giving them emotional connections the reader can relate too. Cardiologist, Jennifer Hamilton’s time is like sand in an hourglass, she doesn’t have much and it’s moving quickly. Her dying mother’s last wish gives Jennifer a short window of time to create a beautiful garden out of her empty backyard. Fulfilling her mother’s dream to see her married means Jennifer has to rely on a skilled landscaper to make sure the wish comes true, for better or worse.Unfortunately Jennifer’s plans are slightly derailed when her landscaper, who came highly recommended, turns out to be a bartender who both infuriates and arouses her at the same time. Suddenly Jennifer’s oh-so-perfect reasons for marrying are becoming rather imperfect and stifling. It turns out Jennifer has a lot to learn about love and Jackson Montgomery seems to be the person to teach her. But, will she fulfill her mother’s last wish or risk it all in the name of love?
It's no surprise Jennifer's Garden is nominated for an Indie Award! With an average rating of 4.5 stars by reader's and a 5 star review by the Indie judging panel, Jennifer's Garden is a book you won't want to miss. In a perfect mix of reality, emotion and romance, author Dianne Venetta brings a touching story, full of heat and enticing characters. Though there are moments when the characters will make your blood boil, in more ways than one, the overall cast is wonderfully done and very well developed. I loved it! I wold read it again and instantly picked up Lust on the Rocks, the second book in the series, and dug right in. This one is highly recommended to all you romance and women's fiction lovers! If you haven't read either this book is a great place to start.
(Bloominthyme Press, 2011, 139 pp., $14.99)