For Fork’s Sake by Karen Grey @KarenWhitereads #HomeCookedBooks

Posted July 6, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 9 Comments

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For Fork’s Sake by Karen Grey @KarenWhitereads   #HomeCookedBooksFor Fork's Sake by Karen Grey
Series: Farm 2 Forking #3
Published by Self-Published on July 11, 2024
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 196
Format: eARC
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I hate my hometown.
But whether I like it or not, I’m back.
Putting me face-to-face with all the reasons I left, including the forking family I’ve been avoiding for years.

What I don’t expect to find in Fork Lick?
The woman who upended my world last year.
Making videos with my grandmother.

I know what I’m hiding.
But the guy I left in bed after a steamy one-night stand…
I haven’t a clue what’s going on behind those Clark Kent glasses of his.

I’ve met his goofy dog Gomer, his social media-obsessed grandmother, and his sheep that lives in a palace. I know he wears a three-piece suit and a flannel shirt equally well–not to mention what he looks like underneath. I know he abruptly quit his job at that evil conglomerate.

Because of something I said. What I can’t figure out is why he avoids his adorable, hilarious family. Or why he steers clear of their picture-perfect farm. Or what’s so wrong with cute-as-a-button Fork Lick?

I never felt at home in the Manhattan penthouse where I grew up, but I love everything about this tiny town. Including… Sam. Problem is, no matter what his secrets are, mine are definitely worse.

We sort of get an enemies to lovers theme, but it is more secrets and misunderstandings than actual enemies.  Sam and Diane have lots of things in common.  They both care about rural communities and farms.  There are some science aspects to each of their work.  For Fork’s Sake can be read as a standalone.

Diane has left her family behind, disagreeing with their money-making choices.   She finds she loves these small towns, farms, animals and the people.  In fact, she really likes Sam’s family.  I love her vision.

Sam hated working for the corporate job and quits right after he meets Diane.  He works at an extension job which is more suited to his ideals but he has some people skills work needed to improve his job skills. Developing those skills will help him with his family, too.  He really can’t stop thinking about Diane.

I liked these characters well enough and they had insta-attraction, close to insta-love.  But they each have some personal growth to get through their secrets and issues before they can make a relationship.  I would say neither one has much relationship experience so they struggle a bit.  Their hearts are in the right place so it is easy to root for them.

I felt at home with the small town, 4-H and extensions programs.  I loved Gomer and his story, the sheep, the cooking and gardens.  The local trivia contests were fun too.  In a small town, you get all ages working and playing together which is fun. The other books in the Farm 2 Forking series are about Sam’s siblings.

About Karen Grey

KAREN GREY is the pen name for award-winning narrator Karen White. A stage, screen and radio drama actor in Boston, New York and Los Angeles in the late 20th century, she started recording books in 1999. Now back in her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and (probably) too many pets, where she continues to narrate audiobooks as well as make up stories.

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included inAudiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards, recently for and You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. Publishers Weekly says of Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.” Speaking of Audiobooks says of her, “Karen is one of my auto-buy narrators – if I think a book may interest me, her narration will sway me to give it a try.”

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Posted July 6, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 9 Comments

9 responses to “For Fork’s Sake by Karen Grey

  1. An enemies to lovers story can be so fun and this looks like a good one! I haven’t heard of this series or this author but I definitely need to add it to my TBR.

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