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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

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

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I liked the Farming

I enjoyed the farming portions, and I may have liked the people, but it was a romance. I didn't realize that. My bad.

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Get Over Yourself

Would you try another book from Valerie Comer and/or Becky Doughty?

Unsure. I haven't decided whether to listen to books 2 and 3 yet.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becky Doughty?

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.

Do you think Raspberries and Vinegar needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Unique story that drew me in

What did you love best about Raspberries and Vinegar?

I fell in love with the characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of Raspberries and Vinegar?

When Jo fell out of tree house

What about Becky Doughty’s performance did you like?

She has a pleasant voice that I loved listening to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, If I could have found the time

Any additional comments?

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

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Just discuss it already!

Would you try another book from Valerie Comer and/or Becky Doughty?

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?

What could Valerie Comer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

have the main character take assertiveness training.

What does Becky Doughty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I'll admit to some sadness. Otherwise, exasperation.

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Cute romance with pets in the mix

Where does Raspberries and Vinegar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this novel. It had a cute animal storyline and I enjoyed it. Clean romance, with a few subplots.

What other book might you compare Raspberries and Vinegar to and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Becky Doughty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never heard Becky Doughy's but she did a find job reading all of the characters. I would listen to her again.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sorry nothing comes to mind, but it's a great little story.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Raspberries and vinegar

Excellent book, the story line is great.. The funny lines are there to keep you smiling. I am anxiously awaiting next edition

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FUNNY, TEAR JERKER, AND BEAUTIFUL

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!!!

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A Great Beginning to a Great Series!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! I love this story, and the performance is excellent.

What other book might you compare Raspberries and Vinegar to and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

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  • Debra
  • Fletcher, OK, United States
  • 01-18-15

New genre for me - loved it.

What made the experience of listening to Raspberries and Vinegar the most enjoyable?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Becky Doughty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love can be sweet and sour, but it is just as addictive as raspberries and vinegar.

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Great romance story

Would you consider the audio edition of Raspberries and Vinegar to be better than the print version?

I would recommend this audio. The narrator did a good job.

What did you like best about this story?

what I liked best was the slow progression of the love story. The christian theme was great through out.

Which scene was your favorite?

the beginning when Jo and Zach met and Joe accidentally through something at him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really liked the spiritual journey of Jo and Zach.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed thos book. I looked forward to reading more from this author.