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Product Details

  • Series: Twilight, Texas
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006198843X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061988431
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Traditional meaning of Pink and White Roses: I love you still and always will.

Caitlyn Marsh stopped believing in happily-ever-after when high-school sweetheart, Gideon Garza, left for Iraq. Now she raises her small son while her matchmaking gardening club members drive her crazy. Then Caitlyn's world turns upside-down when Gideon swaggers back to Twilight.

Gideon had left town in the middle of night with threats ringing in his ears. A lot of things have changed since then. This bad boy-turned-Green Beret bears scars from the war, the timid girl he loved is an independent mother, and the father who refused to recognize his son in life has, in death, left him a vast cattle ranch.

He still aches for Caitlyn, and now there's a dark-haired boy who looks exactly like Gideon did at that age. Could the child be his? And can this war-weary soldier overcome the scars of the past to claim the family he so richly deserves?

About the Author

Lori Wilde is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty-five books. A former RITA® finalist, Lori has received the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers' Choice, and numerous other honors. She lives in Weatherford, Texas, with her husband and a wide assortment of pets. Lori teaches Romance Writing Secrets via the Internet through colleges and universities worldwide at

Customer Reviews

There were a few twists and the ending was happy.
Heather Smith
There is excitement in the story too and I highly recommend reading all this series.
P. Wilfort
Wonderful !Such a heartfelt story with an amazing cast of characters.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vanetta Quintana on March 31, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book four, The Welcome Home Garden Club, was very well written. I loved how she put some of "today's" issues going on with a Green Beret in the Army. I couldn't put the book down.

I love all the "first love" books in this series, makes you think that "dreams" can come true in real life.

This book can be read as a stand alone, but once you read this one you will want to read the entire series! :)

Some sexual content, not to strong, but cautious for Younger Readers.

10-Stars for Lori! :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HeyWhatchaReading on April 11, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It (the new Lori Wilde book) had me from the last sentence of the prologue.
"Then he stripped off his helmet, pulled away his goggles, and Caitlyn stared straight into the eyes of a dead man." Goosebumps popped out on my arms when I read this and I just knew I was going to love this story.

"The Welcome Home Garden Club" is the fifth of her Twilight, Texas series, and another winner as far as I'm concerned. This heart-warming story is one of Wilde's best. By the way, all of the other books in this series are very good and I have enjoyed reading all of them. The True Love Quilting Club (Avon Romance) The Sweethearts' Knitting Club The First Love Cookie Club

All of the books have endearing characters, just the right amount of sweet & spicy sex and stories, which will twist your heart but leave you feeling good with a happy ending. And that's why I read romance, and Lori Wilde is one of the best romance authors writing today. This book jumps to the top of my favorites-list from this author, for several reasons. I think it has some of her best story-telling. She is masterful at showing the reader -painting pictures with her words - rather than simply telling us. Our journey through the story is even more enjoyable because of this.
Her humor is also evident. One of my favorite passages is when she explains how the hero of the story, Gideon Garza gets his nickname, Giddy. Fun!

Each chapter begins with the traditional meaning of a flower.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on May 4, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once you get past the highly improbable premise on which the story is based, this is a better than average romance novel. Caitlyn and Gideon were high school sweethearts. She was the rich girl, he was the illegitimate son of a rich man and a poor woman. Their fathers teamed up to send him off to the Army to get him out of town. She thinks he died; he thought she forgot about him. His father died, and decided to make him the heir (rather than the two legitimate sons). She found out she was pregnant shortly after he left town, and married someone else, who conveniently enough was struck by lightening and killed just a few months ago.

As I said, a very improbable premise, but I really liked the characters themselves. Caitlyn was learning to be independent--and that it was ok to ask for help. Gideon is trying to put the horror of war behind him. They have their past, but have to work for a future.

The book is mass-market romance and it has some very steamy intimate scenes and they happen before marriage. Despite the sweet-looking cover, this is not a Macomber-style romance. Oh, and just in case you are wondering--they live happily ever after.

I'd like to thank the publisher for offering a complimentary review copy via NetGalley. Grade: B
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim on July 26, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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This is the fourth book in the Twilight, Texas series by Lori Wilde. However, it is the first book by Lori that I have read. It will not be the last.

The story centers around two characters, Caitlyn Marsh and Gideon Garza. Two high school sweethearts who have had the last eight years of their lives changed dramatically as a result of things done to them by the adults in their lives.

Caitlyn Blackthorne Marsh grew up being privileged, as the only child of Judge Richard Blackthorne and his late wife Angelica. Gideon Garza grew up on the wrong side of town. Being the son of a maid and not knowing who his father was, until the day his mother died.

Gideon burned down the barn of his father. His father's friend, who happened to be Judge Blackthorne, gave him a choice of going to jail or joining the military. Gideon did the only thing he could do and joined the Army.

I was immediately drawn to the two lead characters because despite everything that has happened to them individually over the past eight years, they're still good people. And they each still have a deep love and respect for one another.

I think I fall in love with Gideon immediately. There are so many reasons to love him. It's hard to find a place to start. Gideon could forever hold a grudge against his father and Judge Blackthorne for their parts in making him into the "broken man" that he is, but he really doesn't. He knows that their actions made him a better person in the end. Gideon manages to forgive all of those who did him wrong. I find that very impressive and honorable.

When it comes to Caitlyn, I completely understand where she's coming from. She has some issues with forgiving.
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Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 70 romance novels. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in forensics.

Lori is a two-time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Lories, The More Than Maggie, the Golden Quill, The Laurel Wreath and The BestBooks of 2006 Book Award.

Her books have been translated into 27 languages and featured in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, All You, Time and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

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