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- Publisher: GreenWords Media (November 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 3, 2014
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- Language: English
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Sweetened with Honey offers another enjoyable visit to the sustainable living community established by Jo, Claire, and Sierra for the inspirational romance series, A Farm Fresh Romance. This time the story focuses on Sierra who is in many ways the most complicated of the three.
She’s been thrust into an almost antagonist role earlier in the series because how she was raised and her innate beauty have led her to expectations that have been in conflict with the others. That’s not to say she deliberately worked against Claire and Jo. It’s more that she has blind spots that sometimes do.
Now it’s her turn in the spotlight, and she’s off making decisions the way she normally does, which is rarely any better for her than the others. She’s tired of being the single woman in a couples environment, so she ignores her instincts and lets herself be slipped into a relationship by Tyrell, a local beekeeper who shares a love of honey with her. Only trouble is he’s in it for the cash while she’s focused on local, sustainable, and enhancing rather than wealth. Add to that he’s pushy and sees her as arm candy, and it’s clear to everyone he’s not a good match, but Sierra ignores all that so she can be a couple too.
Only she’s half in love with the idea of Gabe, another possibility with more complications than future because he’s still suffering the death of his wife and unborn child in a traffic accident involving Sierra’s father. He’s newly back in town with the plan to cut ties, but when she challenges him to stay for at least six months, he gives in.
That’s a lot more specifics about the story than I usually offer, but much of this is backstory for the book (so mentioned in hints) and is critical for the framework.
While the others focused on faith journeys and overcoming past fears, Sweetened with Honey offers a deeper story in many ways as it looks at what goes on behind the facade of an apparently confident person, and the bad choices good people can make when they feel left by the wayside. That’s not to say there isn’t a strong faith aspect, but belief is not at the root of either Sierra or Gabe’s issues. Instead, there’s the fear of being alone, trying to come back from a horrible loss, and how to hand it when life hands you a rotten apple.
This book, more than any other in the series, is about the push and pull of life. It tackles surviving the crises people face and how those who believe come through it when life kicks them in the teeth.
It’s not my favorite of the series in part for how Sierra lets her insecurities lead her to mistreating Tyrell (though many would say he deserved her treatment and I can’t quite disagree), but it’s very true to Sierra’s nature. Sierra has always been in a position of strength, so it’s not surprising when she makes poor decisions because she’s never been the weak one. Her behavior makes sense based on who she is. Character elements we’ve only seen sideways come into the light once we’re living through her eyes, and they’re not all pretty. But they are very real and therefore relatable.
Gabe has his own demons to wrestle with, more about rediscovering his connections than about the loss of his wife, though that’s definitely a step. After Bethany died, he withdrew emotionally, mentally, and physically. He didn’t consider how others were affected by the accident, nor how his actions would hurt them. Coming back means he is thrust into the reality of his selfishness, and it’s much harder to accept his part in harming others than to run away again as he’d intended.
Both Gabe and Sierra have a lot of growing to do, and Valerie Comer gets to the heart of her characters as she always does, making you see the roots of their weaknesses and how the struggle to overcome that requires actions as much as opening up to the place others hold in their lives.
The book is very true to Sierra, and even true to Gabe who never struggled a moment in his life until the accident ripped it all away. It’s complex, deeper in some ways than the previous ones, and a solid, real world story of faith, life, and love.
If you like to read series in order, they are Raspberries and Vinegar, Wild Mint Tea, SWEETENED WITH HONEY, Dandelions for Dinner, Plum Upside Down, and Berry on Top.
I enjoy Ms. Comer's contemporary romances and this series is really good. Gabe and Sierra have a chemistry between them, the faith message is strong, it teaches a good lesson about trust and following God's leading, and is just really a great book. I highly recommend SWEETENED WITH HONEY and all the other books in the series.
Not sure about Ms Comer's books? Try one out for free. She has Raspberries and Vinegar perma-free so you aren't out any money. You may find you like her books as much as I do.
Valerie Comer’s books will not have you saying that. If you are looking for something different in the world of Christian fiction, don’t look any longer, but pick up this series. Sweetened with Honey is the third book in the series, which you will not want to miss out on reading. Sierra is not your normal heroine, I think you will get that from the opening chapter where she is using bee stings as an alternative health treatment. I had a soft spot for Gabe when I met him in book number one and really enjoyed seeing his story continue in Sweetened with Honey. You will also see many of the other characters you have grown to know and love in the previous books. Jo for example, has learned a lot of lessons, but maybe not quite as many as she should have. You will enjoy hearing more about the self sustaining farm, the recipes Claire has come up with and what Sierra has been up to while Gabe has been absent. Valerie makes the stories so real, you feel like you could actually drive to northern Idaho and visit the farm or book it for your next wedding.
Ready for an out of the box romance? Pick up this farm fresh romance today!!! If you have not read the first two, run out and get those too!