A Farm Fresh Romance. This unique farm lit series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of three college gradua...moreA 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.(less)
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 Chanc...moreI'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.(less)