Shannon here: Brenda S. Anderson takes us on a tour of the Duluth Rose Garden, the setting for a pivotal scene in her latest Contemporary Romance, Planting Hope. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Sept 26 – 29 to enter the drawing for a copy. Print for U.S. only, digital for international. Deadline: Oct 7th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Brenda:
My heroine loves flowers, so when researching the Duluth, Minnesota, area for a first-date location for my hero and heroine, I needed a place that would spotlight flowers, and I ran across the perfect place: the Duluth Rose Garden.
These beautiful gardens, which are part of Leif Erikson park, encompass six acres of land, most of which is situated above an I-35 tunnel. When travelling through the tunnel, you’d never know a gorgeous garden was above you!
The gardens, established in 1965, are located at 13th Avenue East and London Road Duluth, Minnesota and overlook Lake Superior. The gardens are easily accessed by a Lakewalk that borders Lake Superior.
Over 100 varieties of roses, and 3000 well-labeled rose bushes fill the park. There are 12,000 non-rose plants as well. You can just imagine how beautiful it smells during the summer! At the northeast end of the park, you’ll find a lovely, marble gazebo, perfect for weddings and engagements, that reminds me of that “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” scene from The Sound of Music.
Brick walkways lead patrons through the massive gardens, and benches are scattered throughout for visitors to rest.
No surprise, the Duluth Rose Garden is a popular wedding destination. Also no surprise, my heroine LOVED that first date at the garden.
About Brenda: Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.
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About the book: Planting Hope (Where the Heart Is – book 3)
When flowers and chocolate collide, romance is sure to bloom
Family has always been the one constant in Jess Beaumont’s messy life, so when her parents separate, she puts “Operation: Planting Hope” into action. All she has to do is recreate the circumstances that helped her parents fall in love. Unfortunately, that includes the daunting task of restoring the family cabin’s gardens. When the handsome candy store owner shows up to help, she’s certain she has all the elements required for her parents’ love to bloom again. After all, flowers and chocolate are the perfect ingredients for romance.
Luke Harrison has spent his life trying to win his father’s approval, and a promotion in the family land development business would be a step in that direction. But when he inherits Gran’s candy store, his dreams of being promoted start melting away. Then his dad dangles a Vice President position in front of Luke, with one caveat—acquire the land on both sides of Gran’s store within five months, including the Beaumont cabin, and the promotion is his.
What at first seemed a simple challenge for Luke becomes a tangled mess. Buying the Beaumont cabin and land will nip his blossoming romance with Jess in the bud. Even worse, it could end her parents’ marriage. But if he doesn’t succeed, he could be trading in his corner office for the corner candy store.
Watch the book trailer: https://youtu.be/7_MdgPKUJto
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Questions for Readers: What is your favorite flower? Do you have a garden or houseplants?
Come back Sept 29th for Brenda’s romantic character interview!