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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (July 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2017
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- Language: English
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What a slow burning, emotional read this was. I loved every second of it!
(Okay, I loved almost every second of it… you will not like Scott’s mom or her homophobic boyfriend) I hesitate to bring it up, because it was such a small piece and had no real relevance to the story. But any woman who takes the side of her boyfriend, over her son… is just garbage to me. I have two kids, both boys… let anyone call them names or treat them the way she allowed Joe to treat him and his brother Davis, and they’d be swallowing some teeth and then finding a new place to live. Not in this story… He gets away with it AND the mom continues to pout and make everything about her, always. It made me sick to my stomach, honestly. I didn’t like it at all….
OTHER THAN THAT…
I loved Phin and Scott. Scott had moved to a little rural town, inheriting his grandmother’s house after she’d passed. He wasn’t close to her, due to his mother keeping them apart for her own vindictiveness (yes, again with the mother and her reasoning was just ridiculous)….but, he moves in next door to Phin and his little dog, Katie; Phin seems like a crazy man when they first meet, but I swear, I think I fell for him a little bit too…. He’s so sweet and patient and he had such a big heart. You could see it in everything he did. He taught Scott a lot, not just about country life and gardening, but he also gave him time and space to really find himself. They started with friendship, which I feel like they both needed.
Phin was lonely but content, or pretending to be content living life as a widow and being alone; until he met Scott’s grandma. I feel like she definitely knew what she was doing when she left Scott the house, two birds and all that because Phin needed him just as much as Scott needed Phin.
Of course, not everyone is happy about it and some relatives take it upon themselves to take it out on Scott. I was surprised at some of the twists in it, but Phin’s secret, I literally saw it coming from miles away. I knew it and I kept waiting on him to reveal it and I was so happy with the way Scott handled it. And seriously, Phin has a dirty mouth and I love it. It was a side to him that I wasn’t expecting lol, way to go, author!'
So, of course, these two have things to work out and several obstacles in their way, before they make it to their happily ever after.. when it’s all that much sweeter when they did.
I really hope Davis gets a story and I really, really hope that someone knocks some sense into their mother and then knocks her boyfriend out or something. Seriously… I can’t let that go… it was awful. If you like slow burning reads with the sweetest man, ever and a magical happily ever after, you should most definitely read this book. 4 stars from me!
*I received this book from the publisher with the promise of an honest and unbiased review*
Who wouldn’t be sold by this blurb? Believe me, it lives up to every word and more. When Phineas “Phin” shows up in his underwear with those boots the stage is set for how this love story will play out.
Not having any relation to his grandmother for years, which is surrounded by an air of family mystery that comes to light as the story unfolds, Scott has inherited her estate in a rural area of Ohio. A bit innocent to the ways of country living he’s hoping the seclusion will give him the opportunity to finish his newest novel, discover himself and learn that he doesn’t need a man to define him. What he doesn’t expect is his new neighbor, Phin. Who he inadvertently offends by weed whacking rhubarb that the man and his deceased grandmother grew together.
Phin, a widower, has heard all about Scott and is surprised at his feelings for the man as he reflects, “Scott had sparked more than just his body. He’d intrigued Phin’s mind.” However a deep hidden secret forbids him pursuing any real infatuation for fear Scott will never be interested in what he believes he can no longer offer.
Slowly, and a little begrudgingly on Phin’s part, the two begin to navigate an eleven year age difference as Phin finds humor in Scott’s naiveté about “farm life”, making it all the more charming. Such as when Scott discovers farm fresh eggs he asks, “’What if there’s a baby chicken inside it?’” Phin even takes to calling Scott, “Mouse”, which even now makes me smile when I think about it. Over stories of Scott’s grandmother and Phin’s education on the ways of gardening, making jelly, harvesting, collecting eggs, pollinating plants, they find a budding friendship.
Scott soon finds himself wanting more from Phin and he can’t understand why the big furry man he’s come to adore seems to be pulling back. Enter Scott’s best friend and “brother”, Davis. A wonderfully adorable side kick (who by the way deserves his own book) he provides Scott a sounding board, a push of courage and helps further propel the puzzle of Scott’s history.
Wadsworth’s world building and scenery are so descriptive I could actually smell the bacon frying in the pan, I found myself learning right along with Scott and I could believe myself sitting on the swing with the men as Scott imparted he, “relaxed into Phin’s arms, the creaking of the chain and the high-pitched squeak of it rubbing the hook on the ceiling mingling with the soft sounds of the country at night.”
Through Phin’s care and nurturing of his beloved dog, Sister Mary Katherine, Wadsworth stealthily crafts a means to show these two that communicating ones grief, sorrow and loss has the power to heal.
When Phin’s secret comes to light and he conveys his darkest regret, its scene stealing. Like a sucker punch to the heart it’s an example of how loss can impact us body, mind and soul, until we have no regard for ourselves.
Maybe it’s coming from rural Iowa and spending my summers in the fields but I found myself charmed by the slow-burn country courtship between Scott and Phin. As I felt the sizzle of those first physical connections it was like reliving my first kiss, my first time. It’s romantic and yet full-on panty melting at the same time. Deanna Wadsworth makes Scott and Phin’s romance relatable, down to uttering those three little words for the first time when you are at your most vulnerable and, thank the Lord, a real “couple-fight”.
It’s not all dreamy though. Behind their love affair there’s this slowly developing hint of danger sprinkled throughout in which Wadsworth ties in the love hate relationship with social media, and being open on such, with Scott’s familial ties. And even though you can kind of tell where this mystery might lead, when it boils to a head, and it ties in with the climactic ending, it’s as revealing to the reader as it is to these men just where their relationship has taken them.
'The Rhubarb Patch' is a thought provoking story of love, loss and second chances. It’s an example of how our heart always has the capacity to love more even when we think it doesn’t. Scott and Phin’s journey is full of all the hope of spring and I want what blossoms after their happy for now. I want more from Deanna Wadsworth. This is one reader who is totally charmed and will be running for future editions in the Men of Gilead series!
This first 160 pages were all about Scott and Phin getting to know each other coupled with introspection and growth for both. It was a little frustrating… for Scott (and for the reader!), but it ended up being worth the wait. When they finally take the plunge, it’s hot hot hot – and so… fitting.
Both characters have a really strong background and depth, which added a great layer to this story – and they definitely showed growth over time. Although it seemed like they were growing… slowly, and then BAM, we’re right where we need to be. It was a little sudden after a slow burn. There were a few secondary stories going on at the same time: tension between Scott and his mother; his brother popping in randomly; his mom’s boyfriend… those could be captured, but it felt very random, having his cousin trying to fight the inheritance. It was totally unnecessary and was a plot ploy to move things along… but it wasn’t needed.
This is a good read for anyone who’s looking for a lighthearted love story, with a few sad moments and real life family dysfunction. Not to mention all of the lovely gardening mentions, jams created and vegetables grown. Worth the quick read!
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