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Date read: February 16, 2021
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Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.Thoughts on Bet the Farm: My friends, this was a lovely book. And when I say lovely, I mean Olivia's use of the word "mantitty" - ON MORE THAT ONE GLORIOUS OCCASION - when talking to Jake about his shirtlessness thrilled me. I laughed. Out loud even. Because the thought of slightly drunk Olivia berating the big, brooding farmhand about the spectacular chest he puts on display was delightful.
But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.
The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer.
Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.
His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.
What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other.
Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.
Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.
Seriously. I am delighted.
But this book is more than just mantitty and glistening muscles. There are also baby goats and unflinching optimism and Jake feeding baby cows while shirtless. And family. It might not be family in the most blood-related sense of the word, but Jake and Olivia and the others Olivia's grandfather gathered around him WERE family.
Jake and Olivia just took longer than some to realize it.
They fought. They sniped. They poked at one another until they figured out that all the sniping and fighting was covering up something very different. Something that looked suspiciously like fear and love and running scared because it's easier to push people away than to let them in sometimes.