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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I’ve had such a good time this winter in terms of reading material, and Valerie Comer’s stories are a large part of the fun. Her Riverbend Romance novellas and the Farm Fresh Romance series meant more than reading time for me – I spent hours getting to know a growing group of friends I could picture meeting in my hometown. Are we absolutely sure these settings and their citizens aren’t real? I want to have dinner with these folks! (Normally I’d say “have a cup of tea” with a character, but the great food described in the Farm Fresh books means I’m aiming for more time with them and almost drooling as I read…)
Berry on Top brings the Farm Fresh series to a close with another great tale of food, friendship and love. Liz and Mason drew me in from the start with their past and present struggles and the choices they’ve made. Their journey to accepting God’s love and His plans for their lives was thought-provoking and satisfying at the same time.
I also enjoyed the wrap-up with the rest of the characters I had met in previous books, plus the teaser for the first book in the next series, Urban Farm Fresh Romance. I’m not going to miss an opportunity to savour more of such great writing, though the wait may pose a problem for me…
This ebook was provided by the author for review purposes, but all opinions given above are my own.
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