Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Narrator: Marnye Young
Audiobook Length: 7hr 47m
Release Date: 08-25-2017
Reading Time: 5 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Seeds of Intention from Marnye Young and Andrea Thome in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author, narrator and/or publisher’s generosity.
Is it more important to have roots, or wings? Garrett Oliver has just settled into his job as heir apparent to one of the most renowned master gardeners in the country. After a difficult few years, he’s found a home and a renewed purpose at a famed resort in the secluded Smoky Mountains. The stars seem to be aligning for Garrett as he plans a future with his college sweetheart and envisions a simple life with her in the mountains of East Tennessee. Willow Armstrong, fresh off a painful breakup, is coming home to Knoxville to care for her ailing father. She finds herself in the right place at the right time, landing a dream job alongside Garrett—as his boss. As they are thrown together by their work, an undeniable magnetism grows between them, despite the fact that Garrett is ready to start a future with someone else. Circumstances persist in drawing them closer, and an unexpected opportunity in Colorado prompts Willow and Garrett to wonder if a life together out west might be beyond anything either of them had dared to imagine.
First Line: “Garrett Oliver had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Or the wrong time…”
It’s safe to assume that I’ve been on a Marnye binge. I mean, the last four audiobooks I’ve listened to have been narrated by Marnye Young, and every time I pushed PLAY I wondered, “What accent will Marnye have today?”
Marnye’s southern accent is definitely my favorite. That drawl just drowns my heart! I’m riding that Marnye wave and she’s washing me up me wherever she pleases!
Seeds of Intention showcases Marnye’s talent of completely encompassing a character. She becomes Willow. The doubts, the fears, the hesitation. I find myself holding my breath when I listen to her narrate. Is this weird? Maybe subconsciously I’m challenging myself to only take a breath when she makes a mistake…*snort* Yah I’d go brain dead from lack of oxygen…Marnye never makes a mistake.
Again, Marnye gives us a flawless presentation. She transforms this great book an incredible book.
Vineyards, gardens, dirty filthy men…Andrea Thome knows how it’s DONE! A man who loves tractors is #1 on my checklist (yes, I have a checklist…but does that really surprise any of you?)
We are first introduced to Garrett (our hunk) and Willow (our beauty). Willow is merely stopping in for an interview to be the new general manager at the resort. Of COURSE she gets it!
We aren’t introduced to the conflict yet, but just you wait, it’s coming.
Willow and Garrett meet briefly, but it isn’t until their big Smoky Mountain Table event when he really sees her. And I mean, he really sees her. *eyebrow waggle*
Entering our first conflict: Lindsay.
Lindsay is Garrett’s long distance girlfriend. His college sweetheart. She is kind of a troll to be honest. Lindsay arrives before the event and essentially tells Garrett that she’s not sure if she can handle him being a dirt savage for another semester. Like, gag!
“Ooooo my love I want you to ravage me desperately and give up your life for me! But no, I’m not that kind of person who would ever ask you to move back to Washington for me…but really, you should move back.”
Yes, that pretty much sums up our Lindsay.
“By the time Christmas rolls around, we’ll be together for real. For good.” He looked down at her and smiled before dropping his head to brush his lips against hers. It felt less like hello and more like good-bye.
Good! She needs to GO!
Oooh but there’s more to come in Walland, Tennessee!
Garrett and Willow’s friendship blossoms. Their romance blossoms…Let me remind you: she is his boss (conflict #2). Their relationship progresses slowly, deliciously. Andrea bent my heart backwards as our protagonists were faced with decisions.
Willow was trying to figure out how to ask Susan and Finn the only question she cared about in that moment. She knew that, by doing so, she’d be laying her cards on the table in a way that terrified her. This is what it must feel like to skydive, she thought, right before she asked the question.
“I’ll go to Aspen, on one condition. How would you feel about me taking Garrett with me?”
The room went so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
Is it Christmas yet? Can Lindsay be out of the picture? Gaawd can these two just KISS ALREADY!?
Willow and Garrett are stuck. They’re literally in limbo—albeit a content limbo because they don’t know any better! They’re stagnant in their personal lives, in their love lives. But through each other they somehow find the right path; a path that leads them to a love they didn’t know could exist.
I will say this: when Lindsay was first introduced I was hesitant. Men with girlfriends who are attracted to other women in any way really bother me (and I know it bothers all of you too). Andrea Thome is an immaculate author who transformed a terribly awkward situation into a platform for a relationship to build upon; she handled this with absolute finesse. When Garrett meets Willow for the first time he’s totally swooning like a cow in heat, but he respects those boundaries and his “relationship” with Lindsay. It still managed to irritate me in the beginning, though.
But does Willow even stay in Walland? Does Garrett actually go back to Washington? Does Willow go with him?! Let’s just say that romance in the Smoky Mountains has unexpected surprises. 😏
Andrea Thome has created another spellbinding romance about new beginnings. Classy, tasteful, and unputdownable!