Book: The Rhubarb Patch
Series: The Men Of Gilead #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publication date: July 24, 2017
Length: 284 pages
Reviewed by Erin
City boy, sci-fi novelist, and recovering pushover Scott Howe doesn’t know what to expect when he inherits his grandmother’s house outside the quaint village of Gilead, Ohio—but it isn’t an enormous bald man in nothing but tighty-whities and orange rubber boots shouting at him to keep his weed whacker away from the rhubarb patch.
Scott has never met anyone like Phineas Robertson: homesteader, recluse… Republican. A tender—if unlikely—friendship grows over the summer while Phin and his schnauzer, Sister Mary Katherine, teach Scott about life in the country and the grandmother he never knew. Opposites attract, but widower Phin worries his secret will send Scott running faster than his politics, and Phin isn’t convinced he deserves a second chance at romance.
Scott is convinced—rural life, and his one-of-a-kind, older neighbor is the future he wants. Before he can settle in, his mother drops a bombshell that strains their already tenuous relationship, and a cousin who believes he is the rightful heir to the property puts Scott in danger. It’ll take a lot of compromises, and even dodging a few bullets before they’re out of the weeds, but nurturing something as special as true love always takes hard work.
If you're a fan of the opposites attract trope--and really, who isn't?--then you're definitely going to want to check out The Rhubarb Patch by Deanna Wadsworth. Two neighbors, one a city boy who suddenly finds himself in the middle of the country, the other a farmer who likes his solitude, find out sometimes even the most unlikely of people can make a connection. At first glance, Scott and Phineas (what a FABULOUS name!) might not seem like they fit, but they sure will make a believer out of you.
When Scott Howe finds out he's inherited his late grandmother's farm in small town Gilead, Ohio, he's surprised to say the least ...and it couldn't have come at a better time. After a nasty break-up with his ex-boyfriend, Scott is more than happy to get away. Finding himself completely out of his element--he doesn't know a weed from a rhubarb plant--he slowly begins to see that his life isn't going exactly as he'd wanted. Of course, his neighbor, Phineas, rubber boot wearing and tighty-whitey wearing guy that he is might have something to do with that, too. These two couldn't be more different, but once they stop sniping and start talking to one another, they find that their differences might not be so bad, Phineas's Republican leaning notwithstanding.
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