My Top Five “Country Life” Romances
By Eli Easton
I’m celebrating the release of TENDER MERCIES, a book very near and dear to my heart. It’s the second book in the “Men of Lancaster County” series, though it features a new couple and can be read as a stand-alone. The protagonists are a city guy who moved to the country to start a farm sanctuary and a young Amish man kicked out of his community for being gay.
What this series of books has in common is being set in Lancaster County, a rural area of Pennsylvania where there are a lot of Amish and Mennonite. It also happens to be where my husband and I have a farm.
I’ve always loved rural or country romances. There’s something about the beauty of the countryside combined with a more innocent way of life that’s very appealing. And with fewer possibilities for romantic partners, finding true love is all that more special.
For this blog tour stop, I wanted to share five of my favorite “country life” romances written by other authors.
Eli Easton’s Top Five Country Life Romances
Love Means… No Shame by Andrew Grey. This was the first romance I read with an Amish character and I fell in love. I appreciated the fact that Eli, the Amish MC, was the one to make up his mind first and push for the relationship. I recommend this whole “Love Means…” series. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6909649-love-means-no-shame
A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews. I jumped all over this when it was first published and had no regrets! 😊 In this story both men are Amish and fight their attraction while still within the Amish community. Awesome. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22913988-a-forbidden-rumspringa?from_search=true
Courting Mis Hattie by Pamela Morsi. This is one of my favorites from my earlier days as a m/f romance reader. I love all of Pamela Morsi’s books from this period, but this is one of the best. It’s a historical in which a widow owns a farm and a young man in town decides to court her in order to get the farm but ends up falling for the woman. Wonderful folksy voice! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/692914.Courting_Miss_Hattie?from_search=true
City Slicker at the Horny Goat Ranch by Daisy Harris. The whole “land developer asshole tries to develop a rural community only to fall in love with a local” trope has been done a lot on Hallmark and in m/f romance but this was the first time I’d seen it in m/m romance and it was a very fun read. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25056320-city-slicker-at-the-horny-goat-ranch
Crooked Tree Ranch by RJ Scott. If you like families in your romances, or prefer a cowboy scent in your country air, this is a good pick. Marketing guy is hired to help out on branding a ranch and falls for the head cowboy. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18274216-crooked-tree-ranch
Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker. And one extra just because! This country romance is set in the Australian Outback. Love strikes between an American agronomy student and a guy who few up on an isolated ranch. Wonderful story! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20818091-red-dirt-heart
If you’ve loved other country set romances, let me know in the comments since I’m always looking for more. I hope you enjoy TENDER MERCIES.
TENDER MERCIES – Eli Easton (Men of Lancaster County #2)
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 club foot. 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 Benedict who might be the key to life, love, money—and even a happily ever after for two castoffs.
NOTE: This title is set in the same region as book #1 but features a new couple. It can be read as a stand-alone.
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