I liked both main character equally, which was another plus for the book. There wasn’t a time in Rose’s POV that I was wishing I was in Bodhi’s, or vice versa. I thought they were both interesting people whose growth arcs as they worked to overcome the circumstances they’d been dealt. Rose has lost her mother recently and was doing her best to keep the farm running while her father struggled with his grief, which didn’t leave Rose time for her own feelings. Bodhi was trying to leave behind his deadbeat father and avoided putting down any kind of roots anywhere. They clashed straight away but slowly started to come to respect each other and open up to each other.
The book was set mostly during the summer but the romance between Rose and Bodhi never felt like a summer fling to me. Maybe it was because they both were so independent and focused on their jobs, both so serious. The romance was slow and I liked the development from co-workers to friends to romance. It was done in a realistic way.
The setting of the small town was great. I loved the sense of community everyone had, taking care of each other, knowing everyone’s business. The farm was a really good home base for the plot and I really appreciated all the mentions of the farm’s routines, how it ran, how hard the work was, how the workers were a family.
It didn’t take long to read and I got really absorbed into the story. It was a really good option for a less light summer-y read.