WINNER: The Word Award for Best Contemporary Romance of 2013!
Sweet like Raspberries. Tart like Vinegar.
Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming.
Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again. When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble. But a mouse invasion proves Jo has everything under control. Is there anything she can't handle? And surely there's something sweet beneath all that tart.
Raspberries and Vinegar is the first novel in the Farm Fresh Romance series which sees a group of young women purchase an old farm in northern Idaho together with the purpose of growing their own food and proving to those around them that they can make a difference. It is a story of living sustainably on the land and focusing on real, local food from a Christian point-of-view. It doesn't pad the issues nor preach about them, but allows the characters the freedom to grapple with environmentalism as believers.
A contemporary Christian romance novel, Raspberries and Vinegar crosses genres into farm lit. Readers consistently comment on the uniqueness and creativity of the blend.
©2013, 2014 Valerie Comer (P)2014 Nicole O'Dell
Addicted to Audible! I'm always listening to something.
Unsure. I haven't decided whether to listen to books 2 and 3 yet.
Tanya Eby, Therese Plummer or my fav Lauren Fortgang. Becky's narration of the various characters didn't seem to change much. At first I had difficulty following who was supposed to be speaking.
There are more books in the series. Since Valerie introduced so many characters, I'd say yes the additional books are needed, so you know what happens to everyone else.
Positives. The book was squeaky clean including language, I enjoyed that. Downside: So...I consider myself a devout Christian. However, I don't include God in every conversation I have. I was a little put off by the constant "God" discussions. I was also put off by the constant pressure Jo put on everyone to be A LOT more environmentally friendly. This book definitely promotes going green. Jo is a christian but when it comes to the environment she didn't act very christian to those around her, especially Zach. Lastly Zach and his best friend Gab's use of the term "man" -- "Hey what you doing "man", trust in God "man", drove me nuts! Summary, I never did like Jo and couldn't see what Zach saw in her.
I fell in love with the characters
When Jo fell out of tree house
She has a pleasant voice that I loved listening to
Yes, If I could have found the time
A unique story plot. I fell in love with the characters. They seemed real. It is well written. One of the things I loved about this was the inspirational thread. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series
Narration was fine. But the story? Will they, won't they, blah blah. Such a weak use of plot to have otherwise intelligent, strong-willed people jump to assumptions and storm off or wring their hands. And expect God to guide them like a Ouiga board?
have the main character take assertiveness training.
I would NOT have finished the book if I wasn't listening, and therefore able to multi-task. A silly story line goes fine with dishes, laundry, and driving
I'll admit to some sadness. Otherwise, exasperation.
This is an account I have with my husband. Some reviews are his some are mine.
I really enjoyed this novel. It had a cute animal storyline and I enjoyed it. Clean romance, with a few subplots.
Nothing comes to mind that it compares to, I don't have time to read a lot or listen to audios it's a cute romance.
I've never heard Becky Doughy's but she did a find job reading all of the characters. I would listen to her again.
Sorry nothing comes to mind, but it's a great little story.
I enjoyed this novel, it was a cute romance with good Christian backgrounds. I would recommended it to anyone, especially those that love their furry friends. I enjoyed the dog storyline that was in the story, thought the battles with the mice were truthful but cute. I also liked that in her own way the author warned readers of the hazards of poison. It was a quick listen and I didn't want to turn it off until he kept me tuned in.
What a beautiful story of standing for what is right, never making excuses for what you're passionate about, supporting those you love, and most importantly that we are never guaranteed tomorrow so we must cherish and LIVE for today. I absolutely LOVED this book. The narrator did a wonderful job differentiating between characters and used just the right amount of inflection with each.
I can hardly wait for the next one!!!
Definitely! I love this story, and the performance is excellent.
I can't say I've ever read another book like this one. It has the feel of an Amish story with the emphasis on living off the land, community, and faith, but the main characters are modern, strong single women living on their own.
I don't really have a favorite scene, but I love the way the three main characters choose to live in community and the intentional ways they go about doing this.
Jo's relationship with her mother seems to be a source of her other problems. Jo is so sure of her purpose to set an example to live green on green acres, but her own insecurities surface when she is attracted to a young veterinary who is staying next door.
I liked how everywhere she goes, she is given "messages" to deal with her questions. God sometimes wants us to "be still" and let him work in our lives. Jo is falling in love with Zack, but he doesn't fit her "plan". She makes decisions she will regret with their relationship to stay on her perceived course in life.
I always feel the narrator performs the story and that enriches the whole experience of the story. I liked who the story was "slower" due to the narration than it would have been if I speed read it as usual. This was perfect to setting the scene for this country lifestyle portrayed.
Love can be sweet and sour, but it is just as addictive as raspberries and vinegar.
I would recommend this audio. The narrator did a good job.
what I liked best was the slow progression of the love story. The christian theme was great through out.
the beginning when Jo and Zach met and Joe accidentally through something at him.
I really liked the spiritual journey of Jo and Zach.
I really enjoyed thos book. I looked forward to reading more from this author.
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