Love is coming into season.
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.
|Publisher:||Riptide Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the story. I really like the character Conner being an average looking middle age and Jed being middle age as well.
**Originally Posted on Kiki's Kinky Picks** Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North was a wonderfully tender story of two men finding love and learning to trust in that love. Jed and Connor are both so sweet and caring that you’ll want to reread their story again and again. Jed Jones owns my heart. Seriously. He breaks your heart one minute and then proves just how strong he is the next. He’s lived with his speech impediment his whole life and he’s tempered his expectations of what he can do because of it. People treat him like he’s developmentally challenged or stupid but it’s only his words that are slow, not his mind. Because every word is a struggle for him, every word has extra weight. You don’t really think about the power of words until you witness Jed’s frustration at not being able to express himself the way he truly wants. “Jed had words in his heart his lips could never say–every word was a minefield, a delicate navigation between self-expression and humiliation.” Connor and Jed will melt every part of your body. The scene where they are in the truck bed watching the meteor shower together was so intimate. It gave me goosebumps. Everything between Connor and Jed is achingly intimate. The build-up of emotions and the inevitable pain that comes with trying to piece together two completely separate lives had me held captive. I loved the characters, the setting, the tone, the pacing–everything! The award for best supporting character has to go to Jed’s sister-in-law, Hannah. I adored her. She was so supportive of Jed, and Connor, and helped keep the peace within the family after Jed comes out. The connection between the two characters left me breathless and begging for more. I’m a sucker for a good, character-driven story and this one definitely hit the mark. Jed and Connor are far from perfect but they are lovable and relatable. I’m so glad I got to meet them. Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Blueberry Boys, Vanessa North Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance,GLBTQIA I’ve read a few of Vanessa’s books now after finding her novels last year, and this was another good read. When I want romance I want characters I can believe in, tension between them that sizzles and feels real, and a plot that keeps me reading, and gives some drama and conflict. This does all that once again. Connor, out and proud of it, a celebrated fashion photographer, has come back to the place he was brought up. It was quite a lonely childhood, brought up by an uncle along with his older half brother. Scott and he don’t really get along, they never have and there’s a kind of undercurrent of antagonism in every contact they have. He’s Connor’s only family, but each meeting seems to make their relationship worse. Now they have to decide about the farm, which neither of them want so the easy decision is to sell. Its got a tenant though, Jed, who loves farming, loves his family and his church. They don’t know he’s gay, no one does, and he’s scared that the family and the church wouldn’t understand how it’s a part of him, and not simply something he can give up. In a small town its hard to hide things and Jed’s only had one relationship which had to be kept secret and endied in disaster. Its tough the pressures we put on people and hard when they go to such extremes to hide it. All that does is lead to unhappiness all round ultimately, and its so saddening but it happens all the while, even in this “educated “ time :- ( I loved both Connor and Jed and felt for them both. Connor doesn't want to return to the town and give up his career, Jed doesn’t want to give up on farming, they both earn a living at a job that's from their hearts and a part of them. Throw in secrecy which always comes out in the end, a family and church that Jed is certain will disapprove of his sexuality and it’s a hard time for both of them. It seems there’s no way forward for them....despite how they feel about each other. I loved the tenderness between them, the way they understood each other, the way Jed felt about his family ( oh OK, and the way he felt about his church, even though I’m ambivalent about churches and church people!) For Jed the church has been part of his family life and provides a framework for his everyday actions. I so felt for him and his speech issues, it must be so hard to cope with, people just don’t have patience, and of course so many see things like that as being a brain impediment not just a simple speech issue. To be Gay too – well, its like poor Jed really got the book thrown at him in the whirlpool of Life. It amazes me how he’s got away without being seen as Gay by his family, as he’s not a teen now but in his late twenties, early thirties – can’t quite remember. Still, people see what they want to and his family just don’t think of anything outside the traditional church nuclear family of mum, dad and kids. That’s probably true for so many families, we unconscious expect what we see around us, and if everyone is in hetero relationships that's what we expect for all. Connor, I felt he was kind of lonely in a way, popular at work and with lots of acquaintances from there but he didn't seem to have real friends, or have had any solid relationships. His only family is Scott and that’s a bit precarious so when he feels all in with Jed I just wanted them to find a way forward, a way to share their lives and be happy. Its a lovely r