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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Happy Cat on 06-11-18

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-23-16

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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