Foster dreams of getting away, but after his father’s death, he has to take over the family dairy farm. It soon becomes clear his father hasn’t been doing the best job of running it, so not only does Foster need to take over the day-to-day operations, he also needs to find new ways of bringing in revenue.
Javi has no time to dream. He and his family are migrant workers, and daily survival is a struggle, so they travel to anywhere they can get work. When they arrive in their old van, Foster arranges for Javi to help him on the farm.
To Javi’s surprise, Foster listens to his ideas and actually puts them into action. Over days that turn into weeks, they grow to like and then care for each other, but they come from two very different worlds, and they both have responsibilities to their families that neither can walk away from. Is it possible for them to discover a dream they can share? Perhaps they can plant their own and nurture it together to see it grow, if their different backgrounds don’t separate them forever.
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Another great read ! I have all his books, and have never been disappointed.
Planting His Dream is a story that contains a romance but is also a description of what it is like to run a family farm and what the realities are for migrant farm workers. Both are unrelentingly difficult work. Owning a family farm, in this case a dairy farm that grows feed for the dairy cattle and a truck farm for the family, has inherent with it the opportunity and hope to grow more profitable and pass the heritage of the land down to the next generation. Migrant farm workers own very little, often just the vehicle they travel from farm to farm in. Their lives can be so hopeless and frightening for day to day sustenance that the workers sometimes self-medicate their depression with alcohol and drugs, which only compounds the problems. The children of migrant workers are often seen as free labor when they are working small farms, out of sight of government representatives. Foster has come home to his family’s farm after his father’s sudden death to help his mother and grandmother. His father had hidden the fact that he had mismanaged the farm’s finances and it was now in deep debt, unknown to the rest of the family. It is up to Foster to find ways to increase income and pay down that debt. He becomes quite creative in ways to increase income. Javi, his parents, and his younger siblings arrive at Foster’s farm to pick the asparagus crop, which Foster’s father planted with the intention of it being a cash crop. They arrive early, nearly starving and out of money. Javi looks to Foster for work until the asparagus crop is ready. This family has secrets, terrible secrets. One of Javi’s secrets is that he is gay. Foster has the same secret, and when they find comfort in each other love begins to blossom. In the end, though, Javi must move on with his family as he is the glue that holds them together through his father’s drinking binges and aggressive violence. I thought this was going to be a very unusual Andrew Grey story without an HEA at the end, but Mr. Grey writes stories that he would want to read and he always wants an HEA at the end of the stories he enjoys. How Foster and Javi get their HEA is heartbreaking. You may need a few tissues. I loved this book so much. It is achingly real and shows what being a farmer and a farm worker are like. It isn’t something people can do for a hobby. It is backbreaking work and they are at the mercy of the weather, crop prices, middlemen, and other things out of their control. Highly recommended as a book that truly earns its HEA.