She's rooted deep. He flies free.
Local-foods chef Claire Halford envisions turning Green Acres Farm into an event destination. Weddings prove trickier than she imagined when the first one comes with a ruggedly handsome brother-of-the-bride, who has everything but a fixed address. Oh, and faith in God.
Noel Kenzie loves the freedom his reforestation company affords him. Why worry about deep stuff like God and commitment when he's in his prime? Except there's a woman who might make it worth giving up his wings... and digging in some roots. If he dares.
©2014 Valerie Comer (P)2015 Nicole O'Dell
I listened to the first book by this author, Raspberries and Vinegar, and book 2, Wild Mint Tea, was equally enjoyable. I really love these Farm Fresh Romance' novels with their rural settings and the FOOD---oh the farm-fresh food!!!!
I enjoy Valerie Comer's ability to create realistic characters who are both flawed and lovable. I also really enjoy the settings she creates and how Green Acres Farm is a character in its own right in these books.
Claire's willingness to recognize, address, and repent of things in her life she was putting above following God's plan challenged me to trust God more and dig deeper in my relationship with Him.
I would personally have liked to see more growth in Noel's spiritual life before Claire agreed to marry him. Words are cheap and I felt like a simple profession of regained faith shouldn't have been enough for a woman who claims to have a deep faith that is everything to her. (But having read more of this series, I know it does come.)
I found the performance adequate but felt that the way the reader read the male voices by trying to lower her own voice was a little annoying and sometimes her emphasis and intonation made lines that worked well in print sound kind of cheesy.
I received this audio book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Valerie Comer's inspiring, Christian books are treasures! I look forward to her releases and each of her down-to-earth works that I have read and listened to have given me uniquely special memories and lessons I am so thankful for experiencing! Wild Mint Tea unfailingly reminds and demonstrates to me how priceless is the peace that living a Christ-like life brings; putting God first, clinging to Him in faith, depending on Him, relying on Him, serving Him, and being strengthened by Him! Life is not easy for anyone, but God never ceases to reach out and be there for His children at any point in time with welcoming warmth!
Animated, distinctive, and meaningful, I highly applaud Becky Doughty's narrative performance! It certainly did not escape my notice that many expressions crossed my features. I'd laughed out loud, and responded with entertained commentary. And I was greatly moved by Wild Mint Tea both times I have read through and listened through this wonderful gem of a book! I am beyond happy to have experienced both turning my Kindle pages and paying attention in rapture to my Audible version of this novel!
I love Valerie Comer's books, and was thrilled to experience them again on audio.
While Becky did a great job with different voices for each character, I felt that her performance lacked enthusiasm and inflection. Had I not already loved the story and its characters, this might have diminished in some degree my enjoyment of the audiobook.
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