Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer

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    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.

    Review by Debra:

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    What made the experience of listening to Raspberries and Vinegar the most enjoyable?

    Jo’s relationship with her mother seems to be a source of her other problems. Jo is so sure of her purpose to set an example to live green on green acres, but her own insecurities surface when she is attracted to a young veterinary who is staying next door.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how everywhere she goes, she is given “messages” to deal with her questions. God sometimes wants us to “be still” and let him work in our lives. Jo is falling in love with Zack, but he doesn’t fit her “plan”. She makes decisions she will regret with their relationship to stay on her perceived course in life.

    What does Becky Doughty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always feel the narrator performs the story and that enriches the whole experience of the story. I liked who the story was “slower” due to the narration than it would have been if I speed read it as usual. This was perfect to setting the scene for this country lifestyle portrayed.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love can be sweet and sour, but it is just as addictive as raspberries and vinegar.

    Review by Tighefan:

    Would you consider the audio edition of Raspberries and Vinegar to be better than the print version?

    I would recommend this audio. The narrator did a good job.

    What did you like best about this story?

    what I liked best was the slow progression of the love story. The christian theme was great through out.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    the beginning when Jo and Zach met and Joe accidentally through something at him.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really liked the spiritual journey of Jo and Zach.

    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed thos book. I looked forward to reading more from this author.