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.
Connor has been living in New York, he’s a successful photographer and really happy with his life. When his uncle dies, leaving him a 1/3 of the blueberry farm he never wanted, he returns only to do what’s necessary to expedite the sale. There he meets Jed.
Jed is a tenant farmer, reliant on good weather and luck to make his livelihood. He loves growing things and though he’s gay, closeted, and resents the fact that he’s made to feel his life is “wrong”, he still hasn’t turned away from his religion.
Jed and Connor strike an interest in one another right from the start. That is never the problem. The problem is making their lives mesh given geography, politics, religion and convictions.
Fortunately – the universe is a funny place – and in a moment of sadness we find what we’ve most been searching for.
Vanessa North amazes me! If you look at the books she’s written, they cover all sorts of topics, themes, characters – you name it. This is an absolutely unique story and different from her others.
The theme of religion and coming home at first put me off reading this book. But I love her work, so I decided to trust (or as Jed would say – have faith). It totally paid out.
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 isn’t hit over the head, nor is it vilified. In fact, the new pastor- Brenda – actually steps up to help when nobody else can.
I loved how Jed trusted Connor and how Connor always respected Jed’s limits, tried to make his life easier and never tried to “change” him. Just acceptance, all the time.
The sweet smexy times are appropriate and meaningful. The feels are abundant. And the Epilogue is OUTSTANDING!
I loved this book and highly recommend it!
5 of 5 stars
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