Secrets of Sunbeams
Urban Farm Fresh Romance - A Christian Romance
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From a USA Today bestselling author!
Good fences make good neighbors... especially if your neighbor is a goat.
Eden Andrusek knows she should have fixed her fence last week. It's too bad her runaway goat makes a less-than-ideal first impression on her new neighbor, who turns out to be cute, brilliant… and a little uptight.
Solar architect Jacob Riehl is furious when he returns outside to find a goat eating his presentation. As someone who likes everything in its place, he has little sympathy for a farm animal in the city or its tattooed owner, but there's something about the lovely Eden that captures his attention.
What will it take to win over a man whose only pet was a goldfish? And how long can Jacob and Eden go without addressing the goat in the room?
About the Urban Farm Fresh Christian Romance Series
0. Promise of Peppermint
1. Secrets of Sunbeams
2. Butterflies on Breezes
3. Memories of Mist
4. Wishes on Wildflowers
The Urban Farm Fresh Romance series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of a group of friends in the fictional neighborhood of Bridgeview in Spokane, Washington. A Christian romance series, these urban farming stories explore what an urban community focused on local food might look like: raising goats, chickens, and bees in the heart of the city while sharing in food projects and engaging in each others' lives through community gardens and permaculture.
While the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series shares a world and some characters from the Farm Fresh Romance series, it stands complete in its own setting.
Each story stands alone.
Lovely start to a new series from Valerie Comer!
I was so sad when I heard that Valerie Comer was wrapping up her Farm Fresh Romance series so it was a great relief to hear that she had an urban spin-off series in the works! And this first installment, Secrets of Sunbeams, did not disappoint! Comer managed just the right balance of creating a new community for this series while giving her fans a few peeks into the lives of the characters we've come to love from the old one.
I enjoyed getting to know Jacob, the compulsively tidy little brother of two of the characters from the Farm Fresh series, and Eden, his next-door neighbor with her own little backyard farm in the city. The two of them have lots of hurdles to overcome in their relationship as they have very different ideas of how they want to live. My favorite part of the story was Jacob's character arc - I love how he grew and learned to really seek the best for the ones he loved. Comer beautifully struck another delicate balance in him of confidence and humility in his spiritual walk.
I was a little disappointed that Eden's character didn't grow more in this book. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that I found myself thinking several times towards the end of the book that I hope nothing unexpected ever happens to this couple because she had shown absolutely no willingness to bend on the way she had planned out her life other than letting Jacob fit himself into her plans. Then it occurred to me that maybe she will grow a little in side stories of the ensuing books of the series which could be cool and actually better than cramming all her growth into this one book.
All in all, this is an enjoyable romance with some spiritual depth and looks to be an excellent beginning to a new series! It doesn't seem necessary for readers new to Comer to have read her other series first (though they will want to after meeting a few of the characters!)