Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Tender Mercies (Men of Lancaster County #2) by Eli Easton

tender merciesTitle ~ Tender Mercies (Mend of Lancaster County #2)

Author ~ Eli Easton 

Published ~ 27th October 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Eddie Graber’s dream of a sanctuary for rescued farm animals was about to come true when his partner backed out at the last minute. Now Eddie risks losing the twenty-five acre property in Lancaster County—and all the hopes he held for it—before the project even gets off the ground. He needs help, he needs money, but most importantly, he needs to rediscover the belief in a higher purpose that brought him here in the first place.
Samuel Miller worked hard to fit into his Amish community despite his clubfoot. But when his father learns Samuel is gay, he is whipped and shunned. With just a few hundred dollars to his name, Samuel responds to an ad for a farmhand and finds himself employed by a city guy who has strange ideas about animals, no clue how to run his small farm, and a gentle heart.
Samuel isn’t the only lost soul to serendipitously find his way to Meadow Lake Farm. There’s Fred and Ginger, two cows who’d been living in a garage, a gang of sheep, and a little black pig named Benny who might be the key to life, love, money—and even a happily ever after for two castoffs.

 

Lisa’s Review

Tender Mercies is the second book in Eli Easton’s series entitled Men of Lancaster County. It is no secret that I have become a fan of this author with her fun and heart-warming books that leave you clenching your heart, laughing out loud, and happily sighing. This story was no exception. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between our two protagonists who are so vastly different and yet find something special with each other.

Eddie Graber’s biggest dream was to open a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. With his partner in tow, his dream is now a reality with the purchase of a twenty-five acre property located in a small farming community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. But, what happens when his partner backs out of their deal (and their relationship) leaving Eddie with a huge project that needs money to keep it going? Can Eddie hang on to his dream and make Meadow Lake Farm a reality?

Samuel Miller has lived his whole life in the small farming community and it is all he knows. He was born into a deeply religious Amish family and has always lived by everyone else’s rules. Samuel lives his life all alone, despite being surrounded by his family. With the exception of his youngest brother, Samuel has no real close ties to the people who are supposed to love and care for him the most. When his father discovers he is gay, he viciously beats Samuel and banishes him from the family farm. Samuel has worked hard his entire life, even with his club foot. He knows he must find a job to survive. However, who is going to hire someone like him?

Samuel finds his way to Eddie’s farm and Eddie hires him as a farmhand despite his misgivings. There is something about the young man and his simplicity that speaks to Eddie. The pair soon strike up a tentative friendship as they spend each day together getting to know each other. Yes, they are vastly different but there is no denying the spark that begins to blossom. Samuel may think that Eddie has some strange ideas, but there is no denying he is attracted to the gentle city man. Will Eddie and Samuel risk their hearts in the midst of the uncertainty of trying to keep the sanctuary a reality?

This was a beautiful love story. I absolutely loved how Samuel and Eddie started off as friends and their feelings developed slowly and organically from there. They truly enjoyed spending time with each other. Both men choose love… and they have to fight for it. Nothing short of heart-wrenching goodness. The added bonus of being introduced to adorable animals and their plight simply added to the wonderful overall story arc. I wished so desperately for a happy ending for everyone!

All in all, Tender Mercies is a wonderful addition to this amazing series. I love how this book was so much more than a simple love story. It was about two men finding their way, not only to love but also finding their way to a better life for themselves and for a whole bunch of animals. Eli Easton sure hit one out of the ball park with this one. I can’t wait for more. Bring it!

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a second harvest

A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)

David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

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Meet Eli Easton


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Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author. 

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story.  She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time.  She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens.  All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing. You can email her at eli@elieaston.com

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