Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.
And one particular farmer.
Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.
Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.
This story is quite interesting and the relationships between each of the characters are fascinating. It was so refreshing to see a story that embraces the sexuality of everyone. Doesn’t matter if they’re gay, bi, lesbian or straight. They were all welcome in this commune. It took only a few pages to get into the story and I really enjoyed finding out more about all of the characters.
It was really easy for me to connect with Jude because he was new to all this. Just like I, as the reader, he had never been in a commune before.
I loved how we saw everything for the first time along with Jude. The way he was shocked and scarred but also fascinated by everything.
I LOVED how we see Jude grow within this story. Because of his upbringing and family life it’s not easy for him to be open and he feels ashamed that he has those “unnatural” desires. But with the help of Hudson, Leo and Charlie he learns, slowly but surely, to open up and embrace his sexuality.
The things he did by the end of the book, like walking around naked and not caring about it, would have never happened at the beginning of the story.
While I could never live in a commune like Kaleidoscope Garden myself, Posy Roberts managed to make me see the appeal it has for the characters and I found the dynamics of the different relationships really captivating.
The writing flows easily and pulls you in, while at the same time confronting you to question your views critically. Kaleidoscope Garden and the residents really come to life and you feel like you’ve known these people forever. Ms. Roberts makes the readers feel like they’re part of that world and that’s something I really enjoyed.
I would have liked to have a bit more of Jude and Hudson together, but maybe we’ll get that in the second book.
This story made for a perfect introduction into this world and into this series and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the next book!
If you’re open to try new things, then I really recommend you to read Farm Fresh.