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When pharmacist Janet Webber relocates to the agricultural heart of California for a new job, she is not at all certain that she has made the right decision. Her love life is in bad shape, and the weekly business travel now required of her isn’t helping. But when Janet meets walnut farmer Gail Lawrence at a housewarming party, Janet decides that her love life may be turning in the right direction.
Soon Janet finds herself inspired by the abundance of local crops and begins cooking and baking to escape the stress of her work. When Janet’s baked goods are well received in the community, she allows herself to dream of starting her own business. With Gail’s encouragement—and her walnuts—anything seems possible. But will Gail’s reluctance to trust another woman again push the two of them apart before they can even get started?
FROM THE AUTHOR
"A large part of the inspiration for Cracking Love was what I see at the local farmers’ markets. There is so much beautiful produce and so many wonderful homemade products at the markets that it is easy to be curious about what might go on behind the scenes in the lives of the people who grow the food and make the products. As a long time reader of lesbian fiction, it occurred to me that a lesbian romance could take place against the backdrop of farming in the central valley. So I decided to write one.
Because I grew up in a farming community where one of the largest crops is walnuts and because I have always thought the walnut trees in the area to be pretty—particularly the older trees that are huge, leafy green things as tall as telephone poles—I made one of the women in my story a walnut farmer. Her name is Gail. And with my pharmacy background, I decided to put a pharmacist in the story with Gail. That pharmacist is Janet, and she is very interested in Gail and her walnuts. I hope you enjoy reading about Janet and Gail in Cracking Love."