The matriarch of a farming community’s “first family,” and a local hairdresser with a closely guarded mysterious past. What could these two unlikely characters find in common? The answers bring surprises to them both, though not without some serious “failures to communicate” along the way.
In Book Two of her Walkerville Desires series yk miyazaki takes us back to the small coastal California ag valley with its exceptional community of loving, caring, men and women. But this time, she turns her attention away from the community’s younger generation as two of Walkerville’s established adults struggle to bridge the social and cultural gulf that divides them.
And along with Desmond and Martha Janine’s story, we enjoy the opportunity to begin learning more about a little town many of us would love to call home.
Walkerville is one of a handful of “best kept secret” towns that still, somehow, manage to exist and persist in California, just a short drive away from major centers of wealth and power like Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Hollywood; a legacy from an earlier era when agriculture was truly the heart and soul of a state blessed with an abundance of sunshine, water, and rich soil. And its residents remember and respect that heritage, working fiercely to preserve it while they live lives rooted in the land and the rhythms of the seasons.
yk miyazaki writes romances for grownups. If you haven’t yet discovered her character-rich, thoughtful stories, this is a fine place to start.