Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for The Bird and the Bees by Neena Gaynor, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


In many ways Larkin Maybie was a lost soul. She certainly had made more than her share of bad decisions in her short life. When her mother’s death leaves her finances pretty much depleted and one more poor choice causes regrets, Larkin jumps on road to claim the mysterious inheritance she has just learned about. When she arrives at Presque Isle, she is surprised to learn exactly what she has inherited and the conditions required to claim it. With very little money and no transportation, Larkin is forced to accept help from members of the community including a very determined baseball player, Ketch Devine.

I have to say that for awhile I was unsure if I was reading Christian fiction. Larkin’s lifestyle definitely did not meet the criteria. But with every page I turned, her story clearly illustrated the path the Lord was guiding her down through her brokenness and with the help of divine appointments along the way. I definitely don’t think Ketch’s last name was an accident. I loved how he helped Larkin to see herself through not only his eyes but the Lord’s also.

The story was beautifully rendered with vivid imagery and a tender touch. The ending was quite satisfying and worth every trial and temptation that Larkin experienced.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Just Read Tours. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Title: The Bird and the Bees
Author: Neena Gaynor
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing
Release Date:
April 21, 2020
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

When Larkin Maybie buries her mother in the foothills of Appalachia, she is left all alone. Her only inheritance? A crazy aunt, a mountain of debt, and a run-down, secluded cabin left by a mysterious benefactor. While Larkin thinks an escape to a cabin miles from anything familiar might be exactly what she needs, the quick answer to her problems only leaves her with more questions… Questions concerning her true identity.

As Larkin searches for her link to the Lewandowski Estate, she begins to accept the kindness of strangers on Presque Isle and the affection of professional baseball player, Ketch Devine. Charged with caring for the cabin’s honey bees and haunted by past choices, Larkin struggles to move forward in a new direction and is running out of time. With summer and baseball season coming to an end, she must decide: what is the value of true love?

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When not chasing after her two joyful little boys, Neena Gaynor enjoys beekeeping, a good cup of coffee, and writing.

She’s spent much of the last decade traveling with her husband, Wade, a former professional baseball player. Throughout the 29 changes of address and the stresses of moving a young family, Neena has learned to embrace the peace that only comes from the steady accompaniment of Christ.

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