Peas, Beans & Corn (Book 2 in The Sovereign Series)

Peas, Beans & Corn (Book 2 in The Sovereign Series)

by Jennifer Wixson

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Peas, Beans & Corn (Book 2 in The Sovereign Series) by Jennifer Wixson

The romance of a bygone era infuses Book 2 in The Sovereign Series, when Maine Army Guardsman Bruce Gilpin, 35, returns to Sovereign with the secret dream of restarting the town's old sweet corn canning factory. He's encouraged in his mission by the passionate young organic foodie Amber Johnson, 21, who reawakens his youthful heart. The course of their true love becomes muddied by their well-meaning mothers, however, and by the arrival of Bruce's ex-wife Sheila and the handsome corporate attorney Ryan MacDonald, who hits town to rusticate.

History pervades this little tale of hummingbird moths and morning mists, horse-drawn sleighs and corn desilkers, and a surprising (and satisfying) connection with the poet Emily Dickinson, who could have been describing Sovereign when she once wrote: "I Went to Heaven -- 'Twas a Small Town."

"Peas, Beans & Corn" is the second book in Jennifer Wixson's Sovereign Series. The Series began as simply one book -- "Hens & Chickens" -- which was Wixson's reaction to the greed of Wall Street. However, early readers loved the town and its inhabitants so much they encouraged the Maine farmer to stretch her one little tale into four novels. "The Songbird of Sovereign" is slated for publication in 2014, and "The Minister's Daughter" and "The Sovereign Series Cookbook" in 2015.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016548425
Publisher: White Wave
Publication date: 05/13/2013
Series: The Sovereign Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 743 KB

About the Author

Maine farmer, author and itinerant Quaker minister, Jennifer Wixson writes from her home in Troy, Maine, where she and her husband raise Scottish Highland cattle.

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Peas, Beans & Corn (Book 2 in The Sovereign Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
Everything in its place and time and order. That's sort of the theme in the book. A gentle, rather lovely story of some of the people in the town of Sovereign, Maine. Bruce Gilpin, an Army Guard veteran returns from his long tour of duty to what he hopes will be a quiet life. He's not sure what he wants to do, but he knows where....and on the bus home..he knows with whom. He meets Amber Johnson and is smitten pretty much immediately. There are bumps in the road to their happiness. Like each one's mother has other mates in mind. Not my usual fare, but so glad I read it.
NerdyBirdCA More than 1 year ago
More than a Romance, this is a love story. Bruce Gilpin returns home after serving two tours in Afghanistan. He's come home to raise his son and heal. Bruce is a decent man; think Atticus Finch, perhaps a blonder version of Gregory Peck, whose dedication to duty has just about squeezed the joy of living from his soul.  The narrator, who remained in the background until the end of "Hens and Chicks", plays a central part in this second novel. This time she steps from the shadows to give us the inside scoop on the growing relationship between Bruce and Amber. Once again the narrator paints a love story in shades of quiet realism, about young hearts of many generations, about all the colors of love, about honorable people and what it means to cherish and be cherished.    There are a lot of iconic archetypes living in Sovereign, Maine. When I finished "Hens and Chicks" I hated to let any of them out of my sight, or far from my heart. I worried what Jennifer Wixson would do for a second act. I need not have concerned myself. She picks up where she left us with another love story at once charming yet honestly rendered, and brings us through this lovely read with the same confident skill, compassion and humor that she used when she first revealed this community--tucked somewhere between  the edges of "the Shire" and the Internet.   We've met the principals, and they are unusual, engaging, wise and accepting. They have an abiding love for their town and all of its inhabitants. They are interesting people,innocent not naïve, no they've been out "amongst them" but they don't see any need to be mean  or intolerant. This is the village we want to help raise our children. These are the people we want to grow old with. "Peas, Beans and Corn," the second in what I hope is a series, is a love story for all ages. When you finish this story your heart will feel bigger, your worries will seem lighter and the world will feel like a better place. That is  the purpose of romantic fiction: creating stories of heroes and heroines, larger than life--or just about our size. Making stories that lift us out of ourselves and urge us to carry on with a little more hope. If this is what you are looking for, read "Peas, Beans and Corn." I received this book for honest review. The Author neither influenced or suggested any part of this review.
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
This is one of those novels that will stay with you long after you have finished reading, and you will end the book 1) feeling that you had just been to another place with new friends, and 2) wishing there was more. I hope the author continues this series and I was happy to have discovered her and her books! There is a charming simplicity to the story, and I liked that it was set in the small town and everyone had their little groups and clubs to show the roles of the people and their interactions on day to day life. At times I thought the story could benefit from more heightened tension in order to really propel the story forward, and there were a lot of characters to keep track of (that were often referred to by first and last name, which I though was a tad odd). This is definitely a different type of book in terms of writing style and narration, but the characters are likeable enough and quirky (always a bonus), and the charming setting is described in lyrical detail. Recommend for fans of women’s fiction and romance.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite type of book: give me some ‘real life’ people with real issues set in a small town. I enjoy reading many of Nora Roberts’ books for this reason, and while not delivered with quite the finesse, I thought “Peas, Beans & Corn” fit in quite nicely with my preferred reading. (But I must admit that the title was not all that compelling to me). But once I looked past that and got to reading, I thought it to be very well-written with a nice, easy flow. I found the characters to be believable and the dialogue natural. Although I had a hard time believing the male lead had heard of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, but had never heard of Emily Dickenson?! Overall a nice story that kept me invested emotionally from beginning to end. Will be looking for more from this author in the future!