Final Harvest

by Barbara Howard

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Traci Simmons has been fired from another job and must decide if it’s time to give up her home and start fresh in another town. But, when her elderly neighbor dies mysteriously, she is pulled into leading a crusade to save the neighbor’s urban farm and find the killer. Through her new and unexpected relationship with these invisible people, Traci faces her own insecurities to learn what home really means.

Backdrop: Homelessness, anxiety, food insecurity, gentrification.

Book Type: Novella
ISBN-13: 979-8655968134
Dimensions: 5x8
# of Pages: 164
Selling Territory: Worldwide
Language: English
Date Published: 08/01/2020

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Barbara Howard is a first generation tech geek turned master gardener with a passion for fresh air, vegan cuisine, and tracing her roots. A big city girl with a small town heart. She spends most of her time treasure hunting, spoiling her fur-babies, growing veggies and raising chickens.

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Reviews for Final Harvest

Final Harvest is a great suspenseful read that I am happy to recommend to all readers. The main character in the story is immediately likable, probably due to her nature of shutting down from others and her vulnerability throughout the story. I felt connected to her from the beginning, in part due to her self-sufficient ways of life. My favorite thing about the book is how the author took a young woman who is doing her best to stay uninvolved with the town happenings and just live her own life the best way she knows how.
While there is a thrilling sense to the story with the hope of solving a murder of one of the town's most favorited people, there is also a sense of hope that Traci, the main character, will be able to find her place in the world, whether or not it's in the town she's growing to love. Her dedication of trying to do right by those around her and offering them the smallest glimpse of hope while she herself has little to nothing is admirable.
I loved the small-town setting for the story- specifically because it allows the reader to "feel at home," while getting to know the characters. I would have liked to know more about the multiple mentions of ghost happenings, but am hoping that will be addressed in the next book in the series... that's right.. there's a sequel!
As a long-time lover of romance books as well, I really liked the inclusion of Officer Wells in the story. He is introduced as the police officer who is working on the murder/accidental death case, but quickly takes an interest in Traci, which I felt like gave her character an even more likable feeling. When a reader's emotions get pulled into the story, it almost feels as if the character's feelings are then projected onto the reader- or it does for me at least!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Final Harvest and am looking forward to the next installment in the series by Barbara Howard. Her writing ability is astounding, specifically her ability to communicate deep emotions through her characters.
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