Love's Autumn Harvest
by Patricia Lee
Series: Mended Hearts #1.5
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date July 31, 2020
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
All Eily McKintrick needed was an onion.
Across the fence an entire garden waits, but her brusque and unfriendly neighbor Marshall Frye doesn’t want to trade for the needed vegetable. Annoyed, Eily crawls through the fence to borrow the onion anyway, risking the wrath of the contrary man at the property line. If she’s caught.
Marshall would only be too happy to gift the widow with an onion, if it weren’t for her choice of friends. She spends time with Hillary Shepherd, a determined divorcée with her sights set on him. After his wife died, he retired early as a high school principal to live a contented solitary life growing vegetables for the local food banks. But when he finds Eily on her knees in his garden, the ensuing adventure is more trouble than either are prepared to handle.
Will Eily and Marshall find love for a second time? And what will Hillary do?
I would like to thank Mountain Brook Ink, Patricia Lee for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: An Anchor on Her Heart, A Kite On the Wind
It is unusual to find romance written with older characters, especially those in their 50s or older. It is fun to see love stories with characters in this age group.
I found the narrative style very comfortable and relaxing. From the beginning, I felt wrapped in a cozy blanket or having a chat with a dear friend. And speaking of friends, Eily seemed like the type of woman I would enjoy spending time with. Dedicated to her family, committed to serving the people of her church in need, and having a sense of adventure. Fun!
Romance between Marshall and Eily grew slowly and was not without obstacles. One in the form of Eily’s friend. Two in the form of Marshall and Eily’s deceased spouses. These, of course, added to the fun of the story (oh, poor Hillary! I really wanted to dislike her and wasn’t too upset by the things that kept happening to her!)
There were amusing incidents involving the grandchildren. Patrick was my favorite, especially the way he loved Eily and didn’t mind hanging out with her at the fair. Of course, the little ones were so precious, too!
Love’s Autumn Harvest was mostly lighthearted with hints of faith and service to the Lord.
If you enjoy sweet, inspirational fiction, I encourage you to read this lovely story! (While you are at it, be on the lookout for the other books in the Mended Hearts series. They stand alone and include some characters from previous stories.