Topsy-Turvy… or Right-Side Up?
Green Acres newcomer Chelsea Riehl is annoyed she’s assigned to farm work alongside the only other single, a faith-filled hippie with a missionary vision. She’d hoped to organize events and keep her heart safe, not pit plums with annoying Keanan Welsh.
Discouraged by Chelsea’s lack of spiritual depth, Keanan is confused when she offers to arrange meals for the church Alpha program he is co-hosting. Maybe he misjudged her, after all.
When fake it ’til you make it gives way to stepping out in faith, both Chelsea and Keanan have some soul-searching to do. And while getting on the same page spiritually is a good start, other barriers may keep their budding romance from flipping right-side up.
Plum Upside Down is the fifth book in Valerie Comer’s Farm Fresh series. I’ve read many series and have found that often later books lack the freshness and appeal of the first books, and many completely fizzle. This is not the case with Plum Upside Down. Ms. Comer’s newest book revisits the Galena Landing crew, but her character focus has a level of spiritual depth that is unmatched in the previous four books. Characters Chelsea (Sierra’s younger sister) and Keanan have personality conflicts in the beginning of the book. Closer inspection shows that the conflict is more spiritual even as the attraction between the characters becomes quite passionate. Keanan’s profound faith and desire to help others through missions is integral to his life as he lives out his faith day by day. Chelsea grew up in a Christian home and went though the required steps to be baptized and does believe in God, but she doesn’t live in faith or have a relationship with God. She longs for her faith to be ‘real’ like Keanan’s but she struggles, and often shuts out God’s love for her. She realizes that Keanan won’t accept anyone into his heart that doesn’t share his relationship with God which leaves her feeling unworthy and even more distant from the One who loves her even more than Keanan ever could. This story drew out my own wavering relationship with God and reminded me how important it is to stay in relationship and faith with Him. The story is so touching and for me, required a few tissues as I watched (read) Chelsea beat herself against the Rock of Faith until she was broken and able to receive the mercy and blessings God has for all who believe in Him. Well paced, tender romance, and for me, one of Valerie Comer’s best. Visit Ms. Comer’s webpage at http://valeriecomer.com/.
About The Farm Fresh Christian Romance Series
1. Raspberries and Vinegar (free Christian Romance novel!)
2. Wild Mint Tea
3. Sweetened with Honey
4. Dandelions for Dinner
5. Plum Upside Down
Love farm life?
Plum Upside Down is the fifth novel in the Farm Fresh Romance series. This Christian romance series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of a group of young women who purchase an old farm together in northern Idaho to grow their own organic food and prove to those around them that they can make a difference. These farm romance novels are stories of farm life with a focus on local food. The Farm Fresh Romance series doesn’t pad the issues nor preach about them, but allows the characters the freedom to grapple with environmentalism and sustainability as believers.