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