I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North
Published by Riptide Publishing on November 30, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
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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.
Men’s fashion photographer Connor Graham returns to his hometown in Blandton, Massachusetts to attend his uncle’s funeral. He raised him and his brother, Scott, following their mother’s death and owns property with a tenant blueberry farmer, Jed Jones. It’s Connor’s first trip back to the place that holds nothing but bad memories.
Jed’s intrigued by Connor, who’s always been openly gay, even when he lived in Blandton. Jed’s also a sensitive man of faith who’s deeply closeted. His relationship with Connor develops beautifully in the midst of difficult circumstances, both of them learning something from each other.
The story is honest, romantic and at times poignant. I loved how Connor didn’t pressure Jed to come out of the closet but instead served as an effective sounding board for his questions, concerns and fears. Jed’s faith was deftly handled under the circumstances of his sexual orientation. If only…
The writing is extraordinary and the story well done with relevant issues and very thoughtful approaches. Jed and Connor are well-developed, appealing characters that make this a favorite.