Seeds of Summer (Seasons of the Tallgrass, Book 2) by Deborah Vogts
Reviewed by Darlene ‘Dee’ Bishop, Radiant Lit
Genre: Romance, Christianity
Publication Dates: June 1, 2010
When Natalie Adams, a stubborn, self-willed, independent, former Miss Rodeo Kansas, finds herself back home in Flint Hills, Kansas after the sudden death of her father, she’s determined to do her best to care for the family ranch and her two-half siblings. When Jared Logan, a new pastor in town, makes it his mission in life to help Natalie and her troubled family, sparks begin to fly. While Natalie admits a strong attraction to the attractive city-boy, she has no illusions about becoming a pastor’s wife.
As Natalie’s problems with her half-brother and half-sister escalate, her stubborn self-sufficiency causes her to dig in the heels of her cowgirl boots and fight for her small family with all she has. When her siblings’ mother suddenly wants to be a part of their lives, even though she abandoned them years ago, Natalie fears she will lose the ensuing custody battle, even though she’s convinced Chelsey and Dillon would be better left with her.
Jared’s goal to reach Natalie’s wounded heart with the love of Christ creates problems and causes him to fear failing the God he serves as well as the congregation he loves. As he battles with his personal struggles, the young pastor soon realizes how important Natalie is becoming to him.
While Natalie’s stubbornness often comes across as rude and even hateful, the fact that she’s determined to care for her siblings, even giving up her own dreams to raise them and maintain the family ranch, makes for a likeable heroine. The book is very well written, it draws the reader into the story and makes you want to know what’s going to happen next. The characters have their flaws, which make them seem more real. But they’re still enjoyable. And overall the book is one I would easily recommend.