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Jennifer's Garden (Gables Triology #1)

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JENNIFER’S GARDEN epitomizes the showdown between a career woman’s criteria for the perfect husband and what true love means.

In a race against time, cardiologist Jennifer Hamilton is caught between her mother’s dying wish and taking the risk of a lifetime with Jackson Montgomery. He’s the man hired to complete the landscaping for her new home; the venue for her upcoming w
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Paperback, 439 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Bloominthyme Press
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Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
I liked Jennifer's Garden but I didn't love it. There were some sweet scenes involving Jennifer and Jackson but I never really connected with them as a couple. I think the problem for me was that I didn't really understand Jennifer's relationship with Aurelio--I mean they were engaged but I didn't feel any love between them on either side. And I absolutely HATED Jennifer in the beginning for the condescending, rude, awful way she treated Jackson because he was a bartender/landscaper. I never wan ...more
Joan
I was hoping for a decent love story with some extra angst involving the h and her job: the blurb promised -

It’s an attraction she cannot deny.

And one that puts her career on the line


But there was nothing in the story about her career being 'on the line'. I was waiting for someone to accuse her of medical negligence but it was all hunky-dory - the perfect cardiologist at work.

It was all a bit 'meh' really. I found the random inclusion of 'Tony' and 'Constantine' to be rather pointless and the
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Kelly
[I copied this from my review on Amazon.com]

Do you remember the movie Something New starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker? A successful young black female attorney is set up on a blind date by a friend, and freaks out because he is white. When he turns out to also be her landscape architect she has a time of it, trying to remain stoic and standoffish as he is beneath her because he is a laborer. His open personality and honest feelings get to her, however, as she is slowly exposed to him and he
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Michele at A Belle's Tales
Jul 19, 2011 Michele at A Belle's Tales rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michele at A Belle's Tales by: Hira
Jennifer Hamilton is a successful cardiologist who is engaged to be married and wants to have her wedding at her own new beautiful home. Unfortunately, her landscaping leaves a lot to be desired. Jennifer is in a race against time to have everything completed, because, sadly, Jennifer’s mother actually is running out of time. Cancer is ravaging her body, and the doctors don’t give her much longer to live. Her mother’s last wish is to see her daughter happily married in the garden of her dreams t ...more
Alicia
I normally read paranormal romances so this was a little different for me. Jennifer's Garden turned out to be a fabulous contemporary romance. This novel is a well written story of love, grief, forgiveness and happiness. There are so many things about life that can be learned from reading this amazing book!




I fell in love with the characters instantly. They were all so real to me. Jennifer is an uptight woman with a lot to learn about life. She is so set on planning her future that she somehow fo
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Alicia
I normally read paranormal romances so this was a little different for me. Jennifer's Garden turned out to be a fabulous contemporary romance. This novel is a well written story of love, grief, forgiveness and happiness. There are so many things about life that can be learned from reading this amazing book!

I fell in love with the characters instantly. They were all so real to me. Jennifer is an uptight woman with a lot to learn about life. She is so set on planning her future that she somehow fo
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Lisa
Oct 21, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
This is the first book I have ever read by Dianna Venetta. I wasn't sure what to expect but i liked what i read on her website and the cover is lovely but at the time a bit confusing. Ever read a book where the title and cover don't really appeal at first maybe they don't make sense or don't hit you right between the eyes when you first see it? Yeah that was what this was for me. I think i was halfway though the book when i got it. I should've gotten it sooner but i was slow on the uptake. lol W ...more
Alyssa
We follow Dr. Jennifer Hamilton in her race against time to get married. Her mother is dying of cancer and wants to see her married in a garden, just like she was. The only problem, Jennifer’s landscape leaves much to be desired. So she hires a landscape designer to transform her yard all in time for her wedding. Little does she know that her choice of designer will forever change her life.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this story. From the book excerpt, I thought the premise was very i
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Jane
'Jennifer's Garden' is a story of loves - between a daughter and mother, a woman and man (men?), between friends. Some of that story is lost in an overly-descriptive narrative, but I believe the beauty of the garden, and in fact all the lovely 'word pictures' painted by the author, are the stronger story.

I wasn't fond of Jennifer; she seemed a bit whiney and shallow. However, I've read many fun books with main characters that I didn't particularly care for, or wouldn't want to have as a 'bestie'
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Kaley
This one was really enjoyable!

It took me a little while to really like Jennifer - but I suspect that was supposed to happen. Like Jackson, I found her cold and closed off but I knew there was more to her than met the eye. She was facing a lot of stress due to her mother's illness and imminent death and I could tell that's where a lot of her standoffish behaviour came from. I was worried for a bit that I wasn't going to like her at all because she acted atrociously to Jackson. For someone who see
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Liza
I was contacted by the author through twitter and offered a review copy of Jennifer’s Garden. After reading the blurb on the author’s website, I knew I wanted to read it. I love all genres of romance, but contemporary romances were the first ones I read and still hold a special place in my heart. Jennifer’s Garden is a fabulous contemporary romance.

I loved so many of the characters in this story. Jennifer was a bit up-tight as the story began, but she had so much pressure on her, I gave her a pa
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Samantha Janning
Jennifer’s Garden by Dianne Venetta is a sweet romance story that dives deeper into just the love life of the heroine. Main character Jennifer is struggling in her decision to marry fiancée Aurelio, and to marry him quickly so her mother can see her as a bride. Jennifer’s mother is battling a terminal illness and doesn’t have long to live, and the pressure for Jennifer to marry is on. But Jennifer finds herself unhappy in her relationship – and then she meets Jackson Montgomery. Jax is Jennifer’ ...more
Lisa  Marie
I don't know why but I could not get into this book. I LOVED the intro and thought it would be a great book after reading the first 10-20 pages but then it just kept getting worse and worse. I will say I only made it 20% before deciding there are too many other books that I want to read and gave up. The biggest thing I had a problem with was the Jennifer's (and then later her mother's) attitude toward Jackson, the gardener. I find it hard to read and enjoy reading about people who are so judgeme ...more
Siren's Song
The thing I loved most about this book was the prose and the descriptions (though they were occasionally repetitive). Venetta describes the garden and other scenes throughout the story with incredible detail and clarity – and yet she somehow saves it from being boring. The garden truly came alive in my imagination as my mind filled with images of flowers in hundreds of brilliant hues and the sounds of rushing water and birds. I loved the garden scenes – loved them. Occasionally the book was repe ...more
Rose May
Aug 25, 2011 Rose May rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: c, arc
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (http://romantic-rosesblog.blogspot.com) - A big thank you to Dianne Venetta for sending this to me for review!

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Jennifer Hamilton is stressed. Her mother is dying, Jen is getting married, and she has to keep up with her job as Cardiologist at a local hospital. To top it all off, she has to turn her dirt-packed backyard into a suitable wedding location ASAP because her mother wants to
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Hira
It is the desire of every woman that her wedding day be perfect, and some spend months and months debating colors, flowers, and venues. Somewhere amongst all that hubbub, sometimes one is unable to put just as much thought into the marriage that has to follow the wedding day. Jennifer Hamilton, a successful cardiologist, about to marry Aurelio Villreal who she may or may not love, but has bound herself to due to him being husband material. Adding to the situation is Beatrice, Jennifer's mother, ...more
Kathleen
Jennifer's Garden is a contemporary romance novel that is well written and jammed packed with romance, desire, internal struggles, sadness and happiness. It is a story about Jennifer Hamilton, an established Florida cardiologist, who has everything going right in her life: a career she loves, she is engaged to a wealthy man that she loves, and she has a beautiful new home. But for all the happiness she has in her life, she also has sadness ... her mom's terminal illness. Jennifer has promised he ...more
Tiffany
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 t ...more
Samantha March
Jennifer’s Garden by Dianne Venetta is a sweet romance story that dives deeper into just the love life of the heroine. Main character Jennifer is struggling in her decision to marry fiancée Aurelio, and to marry him quickly so her mother can see her as a bride. Jennifer’s mother is battling a terminal illness and doesn’t have long to live, and the pressure for Jennifer to marry is on. But Jennifer finds herself unhappy in her relationship – and then she meets Jackson Montgomery. Jax is Jennifer’ ...more
Tia Bach
Jennifer Hamilton advises people how to take care of their hearts for a living, but can she protect hers? Facing losing her mom, and only family, Jennifer doesn't want to be left alone. Her fiance is just the steady safety net she needs; the fact that he doesn't cause her toes to curl is a minor flaw in the scheme of things.

Not so according to her best friend, Sam. Sam, driven by heat and desire, wants more for Jennifer. Cue Jackson Montgomery, sexy bartender and landscaper. Jax is a man who em
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Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)
I always love picking up a self published novel that blows me away. And let me tell you this was DEFINITELY one of those!! Dianne Venetta is one fabulous write who pulls the reader in with such vivid details and amazing interaction between her characters. I devoured this novel - once I started I couldn't stop! Much to my hubby's irritation!! LOL Hard to cook dinner when you keep running to the computer to read just one more page!

Jennifer's mother is dying and Jennifer more then anything wants to
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June
Jennifer's Garden
by Dianne Venetta
Genre: romance
Kindle, 449 pages(hmm..I don't think it was that long!)
Published 2011 by Bloomin Thyme Press

Dr. Jennifer Hamilton is under fire from too many directions. Her mother's cancer, her fiancée is starting a new venture in Africa, her yard needs to be landscaped in a hurry for her outdoor wedding, her best friend who thinks that Jennifer has "settled" in her choice of husbands.....and, oh yeah, her job as a cardiologist.

Enter landscaper extraordinaire. J
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Katrina
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Maria
Jennifer's Garden is a fun to read modern romance. The author, Dianne Venetta has a smooth, easy writing style that is a pleasure to read. Her descriptions really drew me in to the story, especially when writing about the garden and all the wonderful flowers.

This book is more character-driven than story-driven. The story is nice, but it's the characters and their relationships with each other that make this book special. Jennifer is powerful in her career, but vulnerable in her personal relatio
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Laurie
I received this book from a Good Reads giveaway.

This was Dianne Venetta's first book. I found myself caught up in the storyline between Jennifer and Jax (and wishing I had a guy like Jax to daydream about ha!) She has exceptional use of detail. I could really picture the garden that Jax was building and see the progress in my head from beginning to end.

On the other hand, I found the storyline to be a little to predictable and the book it self a little over edited. I also had a really hard time
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Janet Reimer
I am embarrassed to say that I read this book. What drivel! An unsympathetic heroine, a milksop hero, and really, REALLY bad writing. The best character was the mother, and her character was only believable in the "death" scene. Horrible book...don't read it! I understand now why Bookbub was giving it away for free...that would be the only way they could get rid of the inventory!!!
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I was really surprised by this book, sometimes with self published work you just never know what to expect. This book really surprised me, not only was is very well edited (something that doesn't always happen in the self publishing world) but it was also very well written.
The story line was fabulous, the character were loveable and the problems felt real and it was easy to get wrapped up in Jennifer and Jax's relationship and in them and really care about what happened to them in the end.
Any bo
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Linda
Jennifer is a successful cardiologist who is desperately trying to live her life by doing all the things expected of society's (and her mother's) definition of success and happiness. Unfortunately. she's having to do it all in quick-time because her mother wants to see her only daughter wed before she succumbs to the final stages of cancer. She has the groom, she has the beautiful house; all she's waiting for is the transformation of her 'builder's yard' into the perfect fantastic garden in whic ...more
Cathleen
"Jennifer's Garden" by Dianne Venetta was not a book I found interesting or enjoyable.

The story centers around Jennifer, a busy doctor, whose mother is dying. Jennifer seemed slightly snobbish as did her mother. She meets with a landscaper her friend recommended she use to get her garden in order for her wedding. When Jennifer meets with Jackson Montgomery, the landscaper, who was also the bartender at her friends recent party, she seemed judgmental towards him. In her mind she thought a barten
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Jeanette
3 1/2 stars. Read this on wattpad.com

Jennifer Hamilton is engaged, her mother's dying wish is to see her married in a garden wedding like her own.

Jackson Montgomery is the landscaper hired for the job. Jennifer hasn't given him much time to do the work, because there isn't much time left for her mom.

Everything she never knew she wanted, everything she thought she could live without is everything Jackson is.

What a darling story! It was an engaging and quick read. I felt the characters were well
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Dianne lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab--Cody-body! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel you'll find her in their organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all the while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men.

A girl's gotta have fun, right?

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