Blog Tour: The Rhubarb Patch by Deanna Wadsworth (Review & Giveaway)

 
Title: The Rhubarb Patch
Series: A Men of Gilead Novel
Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Release Date: July 24, 2017




City boy, sci-fi novelist, and recovering pushover Scott Howe doesn’t know what to expect when he inherits his grandmother’s house outside the quaint village of Gilead, Ohio—but it isn’t an enormous bald man in nothing but tighty-whities and orange rubber boots shouting at him to keep his weed wacker away from the rhubarb patch. 

Scott has never met anyone like Phineas Robertson: homesteader, recluse… Republican. A tender—if unlikely—friendship grows over the summer while Phin and his schnauzer, Sister Mary Katherine, teach Scott about life in the country and the grandmother he never knew. Opposites attract, but widower Phin worries his secret will send Scott running faster than his politics, and Phin isn’t convinced he deserves a second chance at romance.
 
Scott is convinced—rural life, and his one-of-a-kind, older neighbor, is the future he wants. Before he can settle in, his mother drops a bombshell that strains their already tenuous relationship, and a cousin who believes he is the rightful heir to the property puts Scott in danger. It’ll take a lot of compromises, and even dodging a few bullets before they’re out of the weeds, but nurturing something as special as true love always takes hard work.

 

Grandma Helen’s Rhubarb Crumble

Preheat oven to 350

For crust:
1 1/2 cup oats
1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 
1 cup shortening (I use coconut oil)

1/4 teaspoon baking sodaCombine until crumbly then pat half of mixture into 13×9 pan

For filling:
5 cups rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Combine in a pan and cook until clear then add 1 teaspoon vanilla
Pour over crust and sprinkle the other half of the crumbly crust on top.
Bake 20 to 25 min



review

A 3.5 Stars of Slow Burn meets Opposites Attract

The Rhubarb Patch is the first entry to Deanna Wadsworth‘s new Men of Gilead series. The story is set in Gilead, Ohio and pretty much brought up current issues – such as US new president, gun control, mass-shooting, and the over-sharing of life on social media – among the conversations. To me it made the characters look more real and engaging as they discussed something familiar.

Scott Howe is a sci-fi author in a rut. He also recently broke up with his cheating boyfriend. When he inherits his grandmother’s house on the outskirt of Gilead, he uprooted to go there and got intrigued with his new neighbor, the reclusive, homesteader Phineas Robertson. Opposites in every way, Scott and Phin develop a reluctant understanding that gradually develop into more.

This is slow burn romance meets opposites attract. I liked the gradual phase they’re going through to become familiar with each other; making the eventual attraction believable. And – like I mentioned earlier – incorporating current issues gives relevant vibe to the story. The clash and misunderstanding happened between them over breach of privacy, the firm refusal over guns yet later proven having it at hands might prove useful, the political stance, these are all food for thoughts that nudge reader (or at least me) to more nuances than black and white in every circumstances. That sticking to one’s belief could blind you to other truth.

This back and forth are amusing and at times exasperating to read. While I mostly find them likable, their slowness in catching up to possible threat just irritates me no end. Especially Scott, given how many clues (or threat) thrown his way. Aside from the escalation, The Rhubarb Patch mostly flows in sedate pace. My biggest grudge here is the unresolved issue between Scott’s mother and late grandmother. Although, on the flip side, it also made the whole thing more real; people made mistakes etc etc.

In short, The Rhubarb Patch is a well grounded and sweet story of second chance in life. If nothing this book gives me a few things to digest. Can’t wait to get the next stories!

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. She has served multiple board positions at her local RWA chapter and is the current President 2017 for Rainbow Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

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