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.
How???? I had to start over to see how these emotions escaped me. I didn’t know how I felt about either character up until that point. Both grew up in the same sad ass town, but turned out to be completely different people. I liked Jed’s faith in his religion. I liked that he stood true to his values. Connor surprised me a lot, he didn’t hold a lot of bitter resentment to the town that they grow up in. It’s common to make rude statements based on your personal experience with things, but honestly I liked that he didn’t let things stop his happiness in life.
Both guys were good for each other. Definitely good writing in the story, very slow build with real emotions. That’s something I enjoyed a lot. I like my characters to be flawed, and they were. Kudos to Vanessa North writing a really good story. I’ll be looking for more.