Greener Pastures by Aurora Rey is one of those feel good romances that takes you away to a lovely world and leaves you satisfied when you finish reading. The story even has two baby goats (Bert and Ernie) that I just fell in love with. I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for baby animals.
While I consider the book to be fairly low angst, there are moments in the story that will definitely tug at your heartstrings. After all, the tale begins with Audrey Adams having to take leave from her high powered CPA career in New York City to care for her aunt’s hobby farm after her aunt has a stroke. Audrey knows next to nothing about taking care of a farm, and especially the animals. It’s a good thing that her gorgeous butch neighbor, cider maker Rowan Marshall came along when she did. The two start out as friends, but due to a few misunderstandings, things turn rocky quickly. The spark that has ignited between them can’t be denied for long though.
The setting of this novel is very important to the overall story, and the author really plops the reader right down into this world with her descriptions. I see the beauty of the land, smell the scents of the farm, both good and not so good and hear Ferdinand’s crowing every morning at 5:30. Then there is the taste of the cider from the apple trees in the orchard, and the food that comes from the garden, Yum! I want to live on this hobby farm.
The two main characters are easy to love and are perfect for each other even if they don’t realize it for a while. The secondary characters are equally well-described.
This story is delightful, with some steamy love scenes included of course. This is a book by Aurora Rey after all. I totally enjoyed reading this novel, and recommend it to all who love a good femme/butch romance.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.