Monday, February 24, 2014

Raspberries and Vinegar (A Farm Fresh Romance #1) by Valerie Comer

Breaking ground with the Farm Fresh Romance series, RASPBERRIES AND VINEGAR finds Josephine Shaw and her friends renovating a dilapidated farm with their sights set on more than just their own property. Transforming the town with their sustainable lifestyle and focus on local foods is met with more resistance than they expected, especially by temporary neighbor, Zachary Nemesek. Jo needs to learn that a little sweet makes the tart tastier 

Josephine Shaw and her two friends move to a farm to prove that they can live a sustainable life.  Josephine is a tough, passionate, tiny woman who is not afraid to express her mind.  She is even good at going the extra mile to tell people how they should live a more sustainable life.  

Unfortunately for her she meets Zachary Nemesek who loves to tease her about everything. 
Zachary is only home until his father recovers.  He offers to help Jo and her friends get their new home cleaned up, but soon find out that Jo is more than capable in taking care of things. 

The background characters didn’t really stand out for me.  But I think as the series progresses they each might get a better story of their own.  The writing of this story is quiet good and I found that I was half way through the book before I even looked up.   

I didn’t realize when I picked up this book that it was an Inspirational Romance.  If I had I probably wouldn’t have read the book, that’s just my preference.  Saying that I did enjoy the story and was rooting for the main characters to get together.  Unfortunately this story followed the basic romance rule; boy meets girl, girl gets angry with the boy, they finally come together, end of story. 
I definitely enjoyed reading this book but probably won’t read the follow up.  As much as it was a page turner it really was not my cup of tea. 


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 grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily ever after as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters. Valerie writes Farm Lit and Farm Fresh Romance with the voice of experience laced with humor. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Stephanie

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