Grounded  -     By: Angela Correll
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 274
Vendor: Koehler Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.62 (inches)
ISBN: 1938467566
ISBN-13: 9781938467561

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New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is grounded, putting a halt to weekends in Rome and her jet-setting lifestyle. Soon her noncommittal boyfriend's true nature is revealed, and to top it all off, she loses her apartment.
With nowhere else to go, Annie leaves the city for the family farm in Kentucky, a place she's avoided for years. She finds a shotgun-wielding grandmother, a farm in disrepair, and a suspicious stranger renting the old stone house.
The country quiet haunts Annie with reminders of a past that can't be changed. She tries persuading her grandmother to sell the farm, but is met with stubborn refusal? Yet in the midst of her crashing life, Annie sees a glimmer of hope for a second chance.
Jake Wilder is contemplating jumping off the corporate ladder to follow his passion for sustainable farming. He's almost ready to propose to Camille, a girl who wants more, not less. Annie believes Jake is about to make a terrible mistake, but does she have the right to tell him?
As the summer heats up, so do Annie's unexpected feelings for Jake and her interest in the land. When a sudden phone call comes from New York, Annie is forced to choose between coming to terms with her past or leaving it all behind.

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  1. BC, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    Farm Lit: Today’s New Hot Genre
    March 6, 2014
    BC, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Annie Taylor is living the life of her dreams. She's a regular flight attendant on the New York/Rome route and has given notice to her three flight attendant roommates on their apartment. She'll move in with her boyfriend after this flight.

    As fate would have it, the obnoxious woman in first class has information Annie needed to know about Stuart and she realizes she can't go through with her planned move. Then the rumors of a takeover of the airline she works for become reality. She finds herself without a job and without a home.

    What choice does she have but return to Kentucky to visit her grandmother? Except they'd never been close. The link that had bound them together after Annie's mother's death was Annie's grandfather, who's now gone. Even a week or two butting heads with her opinionated grandmother may be too much, but Annie can see Beulah needs help. It becomes Annie's job to try to convince her grandmother to sell the farm and move into town, but the old woman won't budge.

    Jake, the boy-next-door and Annie's childhood playmate, keeps returning to Kentucky as he determines whether to stay in his successful banking career or grasp his dream of sustainable farming with gusto. His fiancee may have something to say about that, though.

    While Annie waits for the take-over dust to settle in New York and to be rehired by the new airline, she takes over the garden and canning under Beulah's tutelage. She finds her roots more tightly bound in Kentucky soil than she'd imagined. Will she return to the city and the skies, or stay grounded?

    Grounded is a sweet story of homecoming and the value of simple living. It's also a perfect example of farm lit from a Christian worldview. Farm lit is all about the life of modern-day "new" farmers. "These stories can be fiction or memoir, and most often include city-bred heroines who head for an idealized rural existence and (often) find the man of their dreams riding a tractor rather than a horse or a motorbike." Grounded provides that with a slight twist in that Annie is returning to her farm roots.

    Why is farm lit a growing genre? Today's world is full of uncertainty. We have this feeling we're careening along the brink of disaster and, strangely, we don't like it. Many people are filled with longing to be connected, to be "grounded" as it were. To feel the soil between their fingers, to know where their food comes from, and to sink into a simpler lifestyle. If you can't do it in person—though, in my opinion, you should try!—you can do it through immersion in a story like this one.

    If you loved my debut novel Raspberries and Vinegar: A Farm Fresh Romance, you'll love Grounded.
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