Foster dreams of getting away, but after his father's death, he has to take over the family dairy farm. It soon becomes clear his father hasn't been doing the best job of running it, so not only does Foster need to take over the day-to-day operations, he also needs to find new ways of bringing in revenue.
Javi has no time to dream. He and his family are migrant workers, and daily survival is a struggle, so they travel to anywhere they can get work. When they arrive in their old van, Foster arranges for Javi to help him on the farm.
To Javi's surprise, Foster listens to his ideas and actually puts them into action. Over days that turn into weeks, they grow to like and then care for each other, but they come from two very different worlds, and they both have responsibilities to their families that neither can walk away from. Is it possible for them to discover a dream they can share? Perhaps they can plant their own and nurture it together to see it grow, if their different backgrounds don't separate them forever.
©2016 Andrew Grey (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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Foster has spent his entire life working the family dairy farm. He's given up parties, spending time with friends, and being a "kid" in order to work side by side with his father to make their farm viable. When Foster's father dies unexpectedly it creates a strain of finances and work.
Putting the advice of a neighboring farmer into action Foster begins to treat the farm like a business and expand crops and the family's personal garden in order to sell their goods at the local farmer's market for more income. When a migrant family who had helped the year before returns early, Foster is able to use the oldest son, Javi's, strong back and work ethic to help with some of the mounting chores and responsibility of running the operation.
Foster's attraction to Javi is his biggest secret, but when Javi expresses his own feelings to Foster, the two begin a relationship based on mutual respect and attraction. But Javi comes from a different world than Foster and they have a lot to work through in order to be together.
The reader gets a good inside look into the sweat and backbreaking work involved in running a small farm, and a smaller snapshot into the lives of one of the migrant families who seasonally works there. While there is a lot of focus into the day to day work, it doesn't come at the expense of the slow-burn romance that finally heats up quite well.
Charmingly narrated by Derrick McClain Planting His Dream is a sweet, low angst, romance with some heat and with no real conflict or big blow ups...It's just an easy, pleasurable listen.
Foster is working on his family’s farm, trying to implement new changes and convince his family that change can be good. He ends up hiring some migrant workers to help on the farm and he finds a friend and confidant in Javi.
Javi believes in Foster and helps him, but Javi has his own demons to fight. Javi’s father is an abusive drunk and he continues to drag his entire family down the road of poverty and neglect.
When Javi and Foster realize their friendship is more than that, both have to fight their families prejudices and their own hurdles to being together.
Andrew Grey gives us another good book about finding love and holding on to it despite tremendous odds.
Javi’s life is so bleak and it was wonderful when he finally got the freedom to follow his own heart.
This is a story low on steam but big in heart and fans of Andrew will really enjoy this heart-warming story.
Derrick McClain did a nice job with this narration. I’d have liked it more if there’d been more accents used – especially with Javi – but it was easy to listen to and didn’t detract from the story appreciation. He handles the emotions and timing well and this was a nice way to enjoy this story.
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars for both the story and the audiobook
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