Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North was a wonderfully tender story of two men finding love and learning to trust in that love. Jed and Connor are both so sweet and caring that you’ll want to reread their story again and again.
Jed Jones owns my heart. Seriously. He breaks your heart one minute and then proves just how strong he is the next. He’s lived with his speech impediment his whole life and he’s tempered his expectations of what he can do because of it.
People treat him like he’s developmentally challenged or stupid but it’s only his words that are slow, not his mind.
Because every word is a struggle for him, every word has extra weight. You don’t really think about the power of words until you witness Jed’s frustration at not being able to express himself the way he truly wants.
“Jed had words in his heart his lips could never say–every word was a minefield, a delicate navigation between self-expression and humiliation.”
Connor and Jed will melt every part of your body. The scene where they are in the truck bed watching the meteor shower together was so intimate. It gave me goosebumps.
Everything between Connor and Jed is achingly intimate.
The build-up of emotions and the inevitable pain that comes with trying to piece together two completely separate lives had me held captive. I loved the characters, the setting, the tone, the pacing–everything!
The award for best supporting character has to go to Jed’s sister-in-law, Hannah. I adored her. She was so supportive of Jed, and Connor, and helped keep the peace within the family after Jed comes out.
The connection between the two characters left me breathless and begging for more. I’m a sucker for a good, character-driven story and this one definitely hit the mark. Jed and Connor are far from perfect but they are lovable and relatable. I’m so glad I got to meet them.
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Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.
Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.
Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.