Connor Graham is a city boy - a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle's death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle's tenant farmer.
Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor's careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.
Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor - appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed - looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town's old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.
©2015 Vanessa North (P)2016 Riptide Publishing
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"Don't be afraid of the religion - this is great!"
Connor, a fashion photographer from NYC, is suddenly thrust back into a life he never wanted and in fact left years ago when his uncle dies, leaving him 1/3 of a blueberry farm. He wants to sell it, as does the rest of his family, and he’s come home to do just that…until he meets Jed.
As a tenant farmer, Jed is very reliant on the weather and luck. . He believes in … faith… and it plays a central role in his life. He loves men and growing things, but his religion won’t allow him to be his true, whole self. In fact, Jed’s not unconvinced that loving men isn’t in fact “wrong”, and he still considers himself a deeply religious man.
Right from the beginning the two men are attracted to one another. Chemistry is one thing, but true compatibility is a whole other ball of wax. One lives in the country, one the city, one is liberal, the other conservative, one deeply religious, the other … not so much.
Is there any way – on earth – that these two can make this relationship work? Is it even worth it? Should they even try?
Don’t let the religion aspect of this story steer you away. It’s handled so well. Vanessa North is an amazing writer and gifted at handling tough subjects like this and I think you’ll find she leaves us a nice middle ground.
Yes – there are some stiff and uncomfortable scenes wherein we watch Jed wrestle with what he’s been taught and what he feels to be true. But – the religion aspect doesn’t hit us over the head, nor is it vilified. In fact, the new pastor- Brenda – actually steps up to help when nobody else can.
This is a story full of love, laughter, hot smexy times and oodles of “feels”. It did make me stop and think and doesn’t ignore the true hurdles on the way to happiness, but in the end the best choices in life are often the hardest. And it has an ooey gooey Epilogue – my favorite! – that will leave you smiling!
I loved this book and highly recommend it!
5 of 5 stars
Tobias Silversmith is a relatively new narrator and I’m not quite sure how I feel about him. On the one hand I LOVED his depiction of Jed. He did a great job with his low voice and the stutter. He handles the emotion and dialog parts of the story very well. I didn’t love his choice of voice for Connor, it felt a bit too effeminate, and I didn’t like his British accent at all, but I appreciated the try. Every character had a fairly unique voice and it was easy to discern who was speaking. I sometimes felt his non-dialog narration was a bit rushed and breathy, but he’s still quite easy to listen to and overall didn’t stop me from enjoying this lovely story.
Narration 4.5 of 5 stars
Overall 5 of 5 stars
"Heartwarming Down on the Farm Romance"
Poignant, Thoughtful, Relationships
That would be the scene where Connor grieves and Jed is there to hold him. Lots of scenes grabbed me, but that is the one that sealed it for me when it came to their relationship.
Um, everything? Okay, so that's vague.
Well, I thought he nailed the characters, the spirit of the story, the timing and the emotional tone throughout.
I would definitely listen to other audios he narrated.
Almost did, actually! But yes, it was engaging enough that I would have been disappointed to hit pause and go do other stuff.
It wasn't exciting or overly angsty, but it had heart, quiet conflict, and passion. The author carefully handed difficult subjects and didn't turn things into flippant cliches. I was glad to see how she handed things with respect, honesty, and instilled depth and reality to the story as a result.
I received this book from Riptide Publishing in exchange for my honest review thoughts.
"Really lovely story, great characters"
I was so impressed with this story. Just beautifully written, and so intimate. The characters had such an intense and wonderful relationship, and the character development on them each individually was perfectly done.
I loved Connor, he was so sweet and open.
The narrator did a terrific job with Jed's stutter. My only criticism is that some of his stresses and accentuations came at the wrong places.
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