And one particular farmer.
Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.
Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.
Jude got out of his home as soon as he was able to go to College, to escape his mother and father, who did not react well to the news that Jude was gay. While at College, he would go to a farmers market, and there he met Hudson, who lives at Kaleidoscope Gardens.
Over the course of a few weeks, Jude and Hudson chat, and both look forward to the market where they can talk more. Hudson finally reveals to Jude about Kaleidoscope Gardens, and how they actually live there. Jude decides that over the holidays, he would like to see how things are done at Kaleidoscope Gardens, and follows the instructions that Hudson gives him to apply there.
When Jude moves there, is when you really find out how things are done at Kaleidoscope. Everyone has chores to be done each day, and nobody seems to complain about anything. As with everyday life, there are difference of opinions occasionally, but these never last for long.
As you read about life at Kaleidoscope, you also learn about the home life of both Jude and Hudson, and I have to say they both suffered emotional and physical abuse, and were finding it hard to put their memories behind them. It had a bigger impact that either of them realised - and the more than came out the more Jude and Hudson seemed to drift apart..... but is it too far apart for them to then reconcile or can their feelings for each other overcome this.
I really enjoyed this book, although at times it was hard reading, as being a parent I cannot understand how some people could treat their children like in the book. I really did love Kaleidoscope Gardens, as everyone worked together, nobody was better than anyone else, but they all had their own niche so to speak. You went on quite the journey with Hudson and Jude, and how this was written you were able to see the point of view of both men.
Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep. Her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.