A Farm Fresh Romance. This unique farm lit series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of three college graduaA Farm Fresh Romance Series:
A Farm Fresh Romance. This unique farm lit series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of three college graduates who move onto a reclaimed farm where they plan to take the rural area by storm with their sustainable lifestyle and focus on local foods.
Raspberries and Vinegar:
Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming.
Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again. When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble. But a mouse invasion proves Jo has everything under control. Is there anything she can't handle? And surely there's something sweet beneath all that tart.
Raspberries and Vinegar is the debut book from Choose NOW publishing, an issue-driven company, and Valerie Comer's farm lit series is a perfect fit. In Raspberries and Vinegar, Jo comes on the scene passionate about eating healthy and growing foods the right way.
Zach's grandma, in his mind, has earned the right to a little chocolate now and then. But when Jo's day job includes making sure his grandma stays healthy, it's just one more issue that seems to divide the two.
I absolutely adored this book. Farm Lit is a refreshing genre that I think is long overdue. As our country plunges into darker and more troubling times, it is books like Raspberries and Vinegar that remind us of what's important. Valerie crafts a strong romance with a current message without beating readers over the head. The characters aren't perfect and neither are their paths. What I especially enjoyed was that writers can often tell what's happening next, we're just wired that way. When I'm stumped, I love it. Raspberries and Vinegar took me places I never saw coming. That is a very good thing.
Each December I pick my favorite reads of the year and right now Raspberries and Vinegar is a top contender. If you love strong characters, a great message, a clean romance and the country, this book is for you....more
The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is full of mystery and suspense. Claire goes missing as a child and when she’s returned, she doesn’t remember anything. Now anThe Inn at Ocean’s Edge is full of mystery and suspense. Claire goes missing as a child and when she’s returned, she doesn’t remember anything. Now an adult, she’s having flashbacks no one in her family wants to talk about.
Luke does want to talk, his mother went missing around the same time but Claire doesn’t have answers. I loved the desperation between the two of them.
I thought this was a great read that clearly shows the fallout from sinful choices. I wish Kate had been developed with a little more dimension but overall that didn’t take away from the mystery that kept me turning the pages.
I enjoyed The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and I think you will, too.
I received a copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge in exchange for an honest review....more
Book Description: Romantic suspense, set in French Lick Indiana, first in the Alicia Yu, FBI series.
Between a beacon of hope and redemption, comes JacoBook Description: Romantic suspense, set in French Lick Indiana, first in the Alicia Yu, FBI series.
Between a beacon of hope and redemption, comes Jacob. Nora’s future hangs in the balance of his past.
Pacifist Mennonite social worker Nora Martin is on the verge of opening a residential facility for first-time offenders. After years of planning, she’ll finally be able to rescue young men from the violence of prison…or what has been their only other option, the violence of the military.
But then a stranger in camouflage and combat boots marches through her front door and claims to own her house. And he’s not interested in letting Nora change it.
Who is Petty Officer Jacob Schwartz, and why does no one in the close-knit town of French Lick, Indiana want to acknowledge that he exists? What are they hiding? What had seemed like a safe community is now full of secrets and old heartaches, and Nora is caught in the dangerous middle. Her only ally is her best friend, FBI agent Alicia Yu (who readers first met in Glitter and Sorrow), but even Alicia can’t protect her from the way Nora’s heart races every time Jacob’s in the room.
Can she trust a man in uniform?
Nora and Jacob’s choices have taken them down different paths, but God may still show them a safe way back.
*** The mark of good romantic suspense is constant conflict. Chemistry. A push-pull reaction in every chapter, every scene. Burning Justice has all of these things and more.
Alicia isn't the star of Burning Justice as much as Nora Martin is. Nora's about peace but nothing in her life is peaceful. Especially when Jacob comes back to town.
The two battle through plans for the farm, whispers about them that threaten the plans for the farm, whispers about his past, fears she has about her own past. There is sorrow and pain, but there is also fun self talk from Nora in the first person POV.
I found this book to be one I knew I should put down to get things done around the house, but I couldn't. All the things above impressed me so, right down to the dramatic ending.
Each year I share my favorite reads of the year and right now, Burning Justice is in the running. I highly recommend.
(I received Burning Justice in exchange for an honest review.)...more
I'll be reviewing this in full at juliearduini.com, but Susan May Warren brings us back to Deep Haven and makes me want to live there. In Take a ChancI'll be reviewing this in full at juliearduini.com, but Susan May Warren brings us back to Deep Haven and makes me want to live there. In Take a Chance on Me the heart of the story is forgiveness---mostly, can you forgive yourself for past mistakes?
Darek "Dare" Christiansen is eligible, but no one in Deep Haven is jealous when new assistant DA Ivy Madison chooses him by mistake in a charity bachelor auction. He's a wounded widower tangled in his own emotions toward himself and his former best friend. Despite the rough beginning, Darek starts to open up to Ivy, but still can't let his past go. When Ivy realizes she played a part in his past, can she forgive herself? That's half the fun of reading, getting to find out.
The other half is getting to know the other members of the Christiansen family, as well as the lovely folks of Deep Haven. I think Susan May Warren is a master with contemporary romance, and underrated in being recognized for it. Take a Chance on her and Deep Haven with this first book in the Christiansen family series.
I received this from the publisher as part of Susan May Warren's launch team in exchange for an honest review....more