They say opposites attract, and they’re often right!
I’ve been married to the same guy for almost thirty-four years. We have a lot in common—always necessary—but differ in many ways, too. Even though we dated for three years before the wedding, some of our similarities didn’t fully reveal until years later. And possibly we still have a few left to discover. ;)
We both love the outdoors: camping in the mountains, canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking. Both our moms gardened and cooked from scratch: baking bread, crafting soups and stews, preserving food for winter. In the parts of Canada where we grew up, winter is serious business! We’ve carried on those traditions of farming, gardening, and food preservation and passed them along to the next generation as well.
In the farm lit style romances I write, my characters have similar things in common. Wild Mint Tea, the second book in my Farm Fresh Romance series released a couple of days ago. The series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of three college graduates who move onto a reclaimed farm where they plan to take the rural area by storm with their sustainable lifestyle and focus on local foods.
Wild Mint Tea is Claire and Noel’s story, and the tagline focuses on a major difference between them.
She’s rooted deep. He flies free.
She is firmly planted on Green Acres Farm in northern Idaho. He owns a reforestation company that takes him all over the Pacific Northwest every summer and gives him winters off to enjoy traveling.
She has a strong faith. He figures he’ll think about God later, when he’s old. Like maybe 40.
She’s private, not demonstrative. He likes to touch. To hug (and kiss…) (she doesn’t always mind…)
She doesn’t put herself forward. He’s a leader, confident around others.
Their differences are so much deeper than one being addicted to crunchy peanut butter and the other smooth!
What do they have in common?
Both love nature. They enjoy rain on their faces, sun-warmed forests, and discovering wild mint growing beside a creek.
Both love good food. Claire is a chef with a particular interest in local food. Noel’s crew has a chef, but he enjoys puttering in the kitchen and has perfected several innovative recipes.
Both come from fractured families, adding complexity to their relationship. Their negative relationships with deadbeat dads affect them daily, even though they’ve become responsible adults making solid business choices.
The story, of course, is all about how they are drawn to each other and how their differences push them apart. I’m certain you know how it ends, but the path through the middle leads to places you didn’t expect.
(If you’re reading this post via email, you should click through to view this book trailer—but only if you want to grin for 40 seconds straight…)
Want to win a copy of Wild Mint Tea? You have three chances!
One, you can write a comment and tell me about opposites in your favorite romance, personal or literary. I’ll give a digital copy (your choice of Kindle or ePub) to one winner, announced next Sunday.
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