Review by Darcie Czajkowski
Weary from interminable winters and the solitude of farm life, Thomas Tate absconds to Arizona to start a new life. He has dreams of year-round sunshine, but more than that, finally finding love and starting a family. While the farm has been in the family for years, it was never his pride and joy, but rather the place he landed after a failed marriage. And with his three elder siblings disinterested in running it, he wants to sell. Only thing is, his younger sister, Julie, the sibling with whom he shares ownership of the farm, has an emotional attachment to it and has concerns about selling it.
But when Julie shares the news of Thomas’ desire to sell Jingle Valley Farm with her best friend, Freddy, and he plants a seed of turning the farm into a destination wedding venue, Julie is tickled by the possibility of trading in the bustling pulse and crushing crowds of New York City in favor of a quiet country life.
Could the very farm that Thomas is fleeing in the hopes of finding romance be the same one that leads Julie to finding a lasting love of her own?
In this sixth novel by Martha Reynolds, A Jingle Valley
dazzles in a balancing act of country versus city life. The story explores the
challenges in starting up a new business, as well as the disappointment along
the dating road on a journey to find someone to share your life with. I adored
Martha’s deviation from her normal style in this story, with characters who
have fully developed senses of self and know what they want out of life. Both
Julie and Thomas are very sympathetic characters, and I enjoyed following along
with them on their journeys to find love. While not a full-blooded romance,
this story blended romance with friendship, family, and the journey to find a fulfilling
career. Another great read from Martha Reynolds!
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About the Author:
Martha Reynolds is the author of six novels, including the Amazon bestsellers Chocolate for Breakfast, Bits of Broken Glass, and Best Seller. Her writing has appeared in Magnificat magazine and her very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during NPR’s Tell Me More poetry challenge. She and her husband live in Rhode Island, never far from the ocean.
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