It was a treat to immerse myself in Arcadia Valley recently with Comer’s excellent and thought-provoking writing. This is the second novel in the Garden Grown Romance series, though it could be read on its own as well.
I particularly enjoyed that Comer took on the challenge of writing about divorce and remarriage from a Christian viewpoint. Due to my own experiences, I wanted so much to walk through Alaina and Cameron’s growing relationship and their struggle with what an imperfect background means for a couple striving to do life God’s way. It was well-handled as a serious issue not to be glossed over, and felt very real but not too heavy a load for the plot to carry.
Meanwhile, there were Cameron’s very active twin boys. I loved them so much! Like my own boys, they came across as full of energy, needing to be valued by the adults around them, and capable of great love in return. Comer always has the ability to make me love the children in her stories!
This book is definitely a great read you shouldn’t miss. You can also check out more of Arcadia Valley with other authors writing in this great setting – I’ve started Elizabeth Maddrey’s series and it’s a good one too!
I’m always excited to read Valerie Comer’s work because she creates realistic characters with backstories that don’t feel made up or glossed over. This is nitty-gritty life happening inside of a book, and yet it’s not depressing or too much to handle because Comer knows how to inject hope into her tales.
Sprouts is Book 1 in the Garden Grown Romance series, and it was preceded by an introductory novella that appeared in Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley. I love the setting for these stories and the fact that the other authors in Romance Grows are writing within the same setting, and using businesses and characters from each other’s stories.
It was great to get back to Arcadia Valley and get to know Evelyn, her daughter Maisie, and Ben, the man running the charity that Evelyn and Maisie want to help with the produce from a community garden. At first it doesn’t look like any of them will become friends, but eventually that changes and the result was a book I couldn’t put down. (Okay, I read an ebook, but seriously, I couldn’t stop flicking to the next page… It was one of those nights where I didn’t stop at the end of my allotted reading-to-wind-down time and just kept going till the book was done!)
Single mom Evelyn Felton takes on a third part-time job managing a greenhouse and garden project for Grace Fellowship. Formerly homeless, she’s thrilled to offer truckloads of fresh produce to the Arcadia Valley food bank.
If only Ben Kujak weren’t running Corinna’s Cupboard singlehandedly, he’d be delighted to be on the receiving end. But Evelyn and her dynamo daughter, Maisie, won’t take no for an answer, even if it means restructuring Ben’s charity.
Soon Ben finds himself wishing they’d transform his personal life, too, but can true love sprout when their pasts collide with the present?
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This is such a great purchase! Novellas from several writers, all set in the same fictional town where good food and lots of fun are abundant! I came to Arcadia Valley for Valerie Comer’s Sow in Love, but I stayed because I love the town and its citizens.
Each story introduced different main characters while including familiar names and faces from the other stories. And each novella kicks off the author’s own series of novels set in Arcadia Valley. What a great concept for this writing project! I’m excited for the eighteen novels (one each month for the next year and a half) that will result from this project!
I don’t think I could pick a favourite from these stories, they all work so well together. They made me want to stay in Arcadia Valley forever!
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