Monday, November 30, 2015

Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North


Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North

Review by Lauren

source: book from Netgalley; all opinions are my own


Official Summary: Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.  
Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.
Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.
Review: Blueberry Boys is a quick, enjoyable read! Connor used to live in a small town but he was always desperate to escape. Everyone always knew he was gay and it wasn't something the town could really accept. So when he comes back years later, now a successful photographer, to help sell the farm his uncle used to own, he doesn't expect to find any happiness. Then he meets Jed Jones, who is a tenant farmer on his uncle's land.

I really loved both of these guys, separate and together. Connor had only his brother left in his family, but Scott is eleven years older and never seemed to understand Connor. Jed has a bigger family who he loves, but they don't know he's gay and he has a hard time reconciling his feelings and the fact that he feels like he's lying to everyone. It isn't until Jed meets Connor that he starts to understand that it's okay he kept his sexuality a secret, but that he should come out if he really wants too.

One thing I loved about these guys is that both of them have their insecurities that they help each other with. Connor used to be the chubby kid, so he still feels out of place sometimes in his own body. As for Jed, he's had a stutter his whole life and it gets worse when he's nervous. He's used to people talking for him or interrupting him when he can't finish a sentence. It's sweet how Connor learns to deal with this - waiting for Jed to speak, letting him text or write emails instead of talking over the phone or even in person. They accommodate each other and it's nice to see!

Blueberry Boys does have some mature moments but nothing that overshadows the overall story. I would definitely recommend!

18 comments:

Cleo Bannister said...

Another great review Lauren, it is good to see that the characters are portrayed in a realistic way!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

How did I miss this on Netgalley? I adore Vanessa North, her characters are always so interestigly nuanced. I'll definitely have to get a copy asap.

Lexxie Lin said...

Oh wow, Lauren! Blueberry Boys sounds so good! I want to read it too! Awesome review :)

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Erika Sorocco said...

The premise of this one is adorable!

xx

Melliane said...

It's nice that the story was well done and that the relationship didn't overshadow the rest.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Quick and enjoyable sounds nice.

Kindlemom said...

Cute cover for this! Glad you liked it so well!

Tracy Terry said...

I'm always delighted to discover 'less than perfect' people in novels so this is definitely a book I'll keep a look out for. That said why the 'used to be chubby/had a stutter'?

Diva Booknerd said...

This sounds like such a lovely read Lauren, I always enjoy realistic characters who have real flaws, they're just so much more genuine. I love that both guys are more than just a romance, that they're both individual characters as well. There's nothing worse than needy characters who revolve their lives around one another. Awesome review Lauren <3 really enjoyed it.

Lola R said...

This book sounds good! It sounds like the book has a nice message too with how it's okay to keep things a secret and okay to come out too. And it must be great to see these two help each other with their insecurities. Great review!

Gingi Freeman said...

Im always down for a quick and enjoyable read! Great review, thanks for sharing! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Oh this totally sounds like something I would love. Defintiely going on my wishlist. Great review!!

The Bibliophile Babe said...

This is going on my TBR!

Joyous Reads said...

Aw. This sounds lovely, Lauren!

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

Aww this sound good! And now I want some blueberries.

Lisa @ Lost in Literature said...

This sounds like such a perfect weekend read! So glad to see how much you enjoyed it! :)

Naomi Hop said...

Wow... this sounds like a great read! I love how they were bought together unexpectedly! Glad you liked this one!

Marianne @ The Book Belles said...

Awww this sounds so cute! I love the sound of them getting past their insecurities together! Plus the romance is bound to be super sweet. Great review! :)


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