Planting His Dream by Andrew Grey (4 Stars)

They were each other’s first best friend and first love. Can they overcome life’s obstacles to find happiness together?

Foster has worked hard on the family farm his entire life, but he dreams of finding a different path. Those dreams come to an end after his father passes away suddenly. At first, he feels an obligation to take care of the farm for the benefit of his Mom and Grandmother. But as time goes by, he realizes how much he belongs there. Javi and his family travel from farm to farm working for barely enough to survive. His alcoholic father makes the entire situation worse, forcing Javi to stay with his family to protect his younger siblings. His only real joy comes from working with Foster on the farm, but that only lasts a few weeks before he has to move on to the next place.

Foster and Javi both felt locked into their situations due to family obligations. As time went by, they discovered that they actually enjoyed working on the farm, especially when they did it together. It was nice watching these two sweet people become friends, fall in love, and look for a way to find a future with each other.

The amount of time spent on the ins and outs of farming was a bit much for my tastes, but for the most part it was quite a learning experience. Although I really enjoyed the business side of the farm, it was hard to watch Javi struggle to make ends meet.

A sweet romance about first loves and finding joy in making a living on a farm.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Foster dreams of getting away, but after his father’s death, he has to take over the family dairy farm. It soon becomes clear his father hasn’t been doing the best job of running it, so not only does Foster need to take over the day-to-day operations, he also needs to find new ways of bringing in revenue.

Javi has no time to dream. He and his family are migrant workers, and daily survival is a struggle, so they travel to anywhere they can get work. When they arrive in their old van, Foster arranges for Javi to help him on the farm.

To Javi’s surprise, Foster listens to his ideas and actually puts them into action. Over days that turn into weeks, they grow to like and then care for each other, but they come from two very different worlds, and they both have responsibilities to their families that neither can walk away from. Is it possible for them to discover a dream they can share? Perhaps they can plant their own and nurture it together to see it grow, if their different backgrounds don’t separate them forever.

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