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Valerie Comer
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Sweetened with Honey

(A Farm Fresh Romance #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  38 reviews
His unspeakable past. Her insurmountable future. Gabriel Rubachuk returns to Galena Landing, Idaho, once the setting of a charmed life before an accident killed his pregnant wife. Will he embrace hope for a new life or escape once again?

Beekeeper Sierra Riehl has spent three years helping to keep Gabe's health food store afloat while he worked with orphans in Romania. Now
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 27th 2014 by Greenwords Media
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fun read dealing with some difficult situations. Hard to put down. Love how Valerie continues to surprise with her pairings of couples & situations. ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know how many times people complain that all romantic books, especially Christian fiction are all cliche and the same story just told a bit differently? Well, maybe you have not heard it, but I have. Valerie Comer’s books will not have you saying that. If you are looking for something different in the world of Christian fiction, don’t look any longer, but pick up this series. Sweetened with Honey is the third book in the series, which you will not want to miss out on reading. Sierra is not y ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I admit I read these books out of order, but since they are all stand-alone (sort of) it really didn't make a difference. Yes, the cast of characters were the same, and yes I knew how this book would end because I read the fourth, fifth, and sixth books before the third - but I still enjoyed every moment of getting to know Gabe and Sierra better and the challenges they went through to get together. It also had me researching medical websites to see if maybe Sierra's problems were caused b ...more
Andrea Cox
Overall, this was a complex and entertaining story.

It didn’t click well with me, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book.

The leading lady was a bit too pushy in the early chapters, but she became a more relatable character later on. Her medical issues were realistic and ones that aren’t often featured in Christian fiction.

Two comments were disrespectful to God, one I won’t repeat and this one: “require a miracle probably beyond God’s abilities.” Since when was ANY miracle impossible for the G
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Becky Doughty. Becky does a great job of pulling story together with emotion. I have enjoyed these Farm Fresh romances, they are clean Christian books with real life problems. This one however was exhausting for me. Sierra was justifiable in wanting to keep her issues private for awhile but she hurt so many people especially Gabe. I was just frustrated with that story line. Wanted to see her turn to her friends so they could pray with her and support her. ...more
Chris Unwin
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the series. Much like the other books in style and format. It still is an enjoyable read. In this installment of the series we are dealing with Sierra and her story. Although it can be read as a standalone all the previous characters are back with a few new ones too so I think the series is best read in order.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an audible version of this story. The narration of this novel was very well done. The different accents and so many voice inflections really made it interesting. I liked the characters that were created for this series and enjoyed them.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun story by Valerie Comer.
Michelle Ferrari-Johnson
God's Gentle Grace

Sometimes life gives you lemons. If you don't trust God to turn it into lemonade, all you are left with are the pits~
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comer does such a good job telling a believable story and this one did not disappoint.
Margaret Fisk
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sweetened with Honey offers another enjoyable visit to the sustainable living community established by Jo, Claire, and Sierra for the inspirational romance series, A Farm Fresh Romance. This time the story focuses on Sierra who is in many ways the most complicated of the three.

She’s been thrust into an almost antagonist role earlier in the series because how she was raised and her innate beauty have led her to expectations that have been in conflict wit
Janet Sketchley
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This one's really a 4.5 to me, but Goodreads won't let me split stars.

Of the three friends who set out to demonstrate sustainable living on Green Acres farm, Sierra Riehl is the only one who's still single. She's glad Jo and Claire found such loving husbands, and she appreciates the skills the men have brought to the farm, but sometimes she feels like the odd woman out. And she's pushing thirty.

Sierra wants to be in love, wants to get married and have children, but if she's not careful she'll se
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sierra Riehl is the last of the threesome that established Green Acres still single. In Sweetened with Honey—the third in Valerie Comer’s Farm Fresh Romance Series—Gabe Rubachuk re-enters the picture. Gabe, with his wife Bethany, started Nature’s Pantry, an organic food store in the fictional Galena Landing in Book One (Raspberries and Vinegar).

Gabe’s life with pregnant Bethany came to a tragic end when she was killed in a collision with a truck on her way home from work one night. Devastated G
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was glad to see Gabe back after experiencing the tragedy of losing his first wife. I think the author did a fantastic job delving into Gabe's psyche and the grief that comes from losing a spouse. I think it was also good that you can see how much Gabe really loved his wife as so often in romance literature the widower wasn't really attached to his first wife. It's beautiful watching Gabe learn that he can love that deeply again with God's help.

Sierra makes me frustrated in this story as she tr
Much miscommunication between the protagonists. The female protagonist was very pushy. She later apologizes for "overstepping," but it was too little, too late. As in the previous books, the friends are into each others' business when it comes to romance. Still, I'm interested in the series. I still find the religion too fundamentalist, but reading the clean romances remains a nice change of pace. I've become jaded when it comes to the spicy ones, as my friends will understand.

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Sierra Riehl seems to always be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, as far as avoiding Gabriel Rubachuk, since his return to Galena Landing. Just to be around her reminds him of everything he’s lost . . . his wife . . . and child.

I’d hate to be in such a position, but I really sympathized with Sierra. Of course, as things usually work out in life, they can’t avoid each other for long! Will they be able to put the past behind them? It doesn’t look good . . .

If you want to know what else happen
Book 3 in the Farm Fresh Romance Series picks up where book 1 leaves off. Gabe, who has lost his wife and child to an unfortunate accident in book 1, returns to Galena Landing three years later to sell off his health food store and cut his ties to the area and all the memories it brings back of his deceased wife. Sierra, who is pretty, personable, and kind in both books, seems to be struggling to find love after watching both of her friends, Jo and Claire, marry and start their families. She lik ...more
Tina at Mommynificent
While I love this series, and this book was good, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first two. The book is well-written and the plot is solid, and, like the others, I love that the three main characters are followers of Jesus who are concerned about sustainability and using our planet wisely! The only reason I didn't love this book quite as much as the others was that much of the plot revolved around a secret being kept and the consequences of that. This is one of my least favorite plot lin ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabe is a grieving widow who lost his wife and unborn child to a horrible traffic accident. He is back home after 3 years. The failing business he left is thriving and a beautiful woman has taken over his home and store. After Gabe left town, his mother in law looked after the store. When her arthritis starting giving her problems, Sierra stepped in to help. After working with the mother in law so closely, Sierra fell in love with Gabe through stories now that he is really home and crushing all ...more
Katy Cater
Sweetened with Honey is my favorite and least favorite of the Farm Fresh Romances at the same time. I love that I am already familiar and invested in the characters. I love the resolution of a previous storyline. I love the ending! However, I spend a good part of the time wanting to smack Sierra for being so dumb. All the pain of that is worth it though. Once again, Valerie Comer attacks the hard things, including grief and infertility.
The Audible narration for this book is well done as the nar
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore the Farm Fresh Romance series. There, I admitted it. I relate to the environmentalist-Christian characters. (So often those words don't seem to go together, but I firmly believe that they should.)

In Sweetened with Honey, the 3rd in the FFR series, we've got a Sierra and Gage love triangle (Sierra+Gage+plus a couple other people, including, for awhile, Gage's dead wife and baby.) Sierra was a little too dense for me to really like her the whole book, but other than that the story was gol
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very nice story of illness, love, and overcoming loss. Sierra is a curvy girl who is a beekeeper. Then enters Gabe. After the loss of his wife and unborn child he ran away from the town, and store that held so many painful memories, to work with the orphans in Romania. He came back to sell the shop and found Sierra running his shop. Sierra is dating Tyrell who is also a beekeeper, but his business practices waver from her ideals. When Sierra is dealt with a painful illness that changes her whole ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweetened With Honey is book 3 of the Farm Fresh Romance series who centers around three friends who start an organic farm. The main character in book three maintain the bee hives and gathers the honey. She is torn between two men. One is a widower who is ready to move on with a new family and the other cares only for material things. Will she make the right decision? I recommend you read the book to find out. It is a quick and clean Christian romance. I received an advance copy of this book for ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the Farm Fresh Romance series. Gabe lost his wife, who was pregnant with their first child, in a tragic car accident. Having come back after being on a mission trip, he finds it hard to not think of his wife and the memories they shared. Sierra helped Gabe's mother-in-law with the health food store. Gabe isn't sure he wants to stay in town long. Sierra had feelings for Gabe before he left. A medical issue pops up with Sierra and she has to set her feelings for Gabe aside. The farm is g ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I liked this novel, mainly because I've become interested in the characters in this series, but....I know these books are Christian fiction, so I am not opposed to some religious talk. However, the dialogue is slightly annoying at times. I consider myself to be a very religious Christian, but I don't speak to everyone I know about their "walk with God" and ask them if they are praying enough. Maybe it is like that in some communities, but to me it actually makes your personal relationship w ...more
Linda Husvar
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story-line in the first half of this book seemed a little sluggish. Then we saw more character-development as Sienna and Gabe struggled with their life challenges. The other characters also tried to cope with their issues as farm-life continued at Green Acres. I liked the sense of faith, family and community in the midst of strained relationships, grief, loss, and unexpected life changes. The book tied in nicely with the first three in the series. I am looking forward to reading the next one ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed the prior books in this series and this one did not disappoint. I enjoyed picking back up with the characters from the prior books and following Sierra and Gabe's road to romance in this one. It is also a wonderful story of forgiveness, love and second changes. I received an e-book copy of this book in return for an honest review. This was another wonderful read from this author and I look forward to reading her next one.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book in the Farm Fresh Romance series. Valerie did a wonderful job of capturing the challenges of trying to decide between someone not right for you and the right guy you're having a rocky time establishing communication with to get the relationship on solid ground.

The reader had to know it would have a happy ending, but it wasn't obvious how that ending was going to come about. Well done.
Having read all the predecessors in this series, I was looking forward most to Sierra's story, which might be why I was, not disappointed per se, but more not as thrilled by the outcome. Gabe's past seemed to be brushed over too easily, I thought. Sierra's issues (to save from having to use a spoiler alert tag) were well handled, if wrapped up too neatly in the end. Looking forward to the next, and will do my best to not have any preconceived notions going in.
Linda Rainey
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed" Sweetened with Honey" by Valerie Comer
It's a story about love, forgiveness and trust.
She weaves a fantastic story with a fascinating farm cooperative as a backdrop.
I need to read the entire series and look forward to more
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
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Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her hus ...more

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