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Reviewed by Jaycee Allen for Readers' Favorite
In Tashia Hart’s Native Love Jams, her heroine Winnow has decided to leave her fiancé, Chris. It is a mismatch as he is jealous and destructive, unable to appreciate the natural, deliberately unglamorous Winnow, or to accept her choices. When Winnow learns of his fling with her close friend, it’s the final straw. Forager and cook, she heads for the Indigenous Food Festival in Rainy Bay, little suspecting that she’ll be working for Niigaanii, the heart-breakingly gorgeous man she meets along the road. But Niigaanii, although just as attracted by Winnow, has his own axe to grind. Chris is his enemy, the one who caused his former girlfriend to leave, and whose malevolence landed him in jail. He’s learned his lesson. Chris is dangerous, and he’ll have nothing to do with Winnow.
Native Love Jams is a lovely book. Beautifully written in an original and enchanting style, Tashia Hart gives us a story rich in colors and scents. We can almost taste the plump berries, smell the flowered berms and mushroomy forest floor, and feel the mossy ground under our bare feet. How tempting is this world of pines and fragrant bogs? There are amusing secondary characters, but it is the delicacy and gentleness of both hero and heroine that charm us. This is not a perfect world. Although solid, healthy people, both Winnow and Niigaanii have known difficult times, and faced challenges with determination. This is a romance, but it goes far beyond most books in the genre, offering a wealth of knowledge, a glimpse into a little-known culture, and much sensory delight. I enjoyed this book immensely. It was truly a pleasure to read. Kudos to the author.