Featherbed by Annabeth Albert


Release Date: 03.15.2021


When a bookworm on borrowed time meets a younger, free-spirited chicken farmer, sparks and feathers fly…

Harrison Phillip Fletcher III isn’t supposed to be here. Not in Burlington, Vermont, not running Vino & Veritas, a quaint inclusive bookstore and wine bar, and definitely not still alive at forty-two. Also not supposed to be here? An unexpected delivery of chickens.

Finn Barnes knows chickens. The burly organic farmer knows all about rare breed poultry, but dealing with a hot, older bookseller is an entirely different matter. City slicker types like Harrison never end up staying in Vermont for the long-term.

They should steer clear of each other. But the flare of attraction is mutual. And somehow, amid book discussions and farm tours, they discover plenty in common. Now they’re stealing kisses in Finn’s barn, sneaking out like teens, and burning up the sheets.

What starts as a fling brings very real feelings for two lonely souls, but a future together seems as unlikely as chickens in a bookstore. Feathers may be flying, but learning to trust takes time neither may have. Can they take a leap of faith together before it’s too late?


Featherbed was a quick and easy read.

The joyful atmosphere of the story isn't disrupt even if the author put some serious themes here and there.

Harrison Fletcher came to Burlington from New York to open with his mother a bookstore, that sells lgbtq+ titles, and a wine bar. Finn Barnes is a local farmer. They meets when a delivery of chickens appears in front of  Vino and Veritas, and Harrison has to find the right owner of the animals and Finn comes to get them. They are instantly attracted to each other but they are both overworked, with the farm and the new opening, so they aren't interested in a lasting relationship. Will they grow some deep feelings that ruin their plans? Or will they be content with a casual relationship?

Harrison and Finn are so different, a strict and city guy who always wears nice suits the first, a merry farmer who always wear work clothes the latter, but these opposites personalities share a lot of physical chemistry and attraction. I liked to read about them, their concerns for a lasting and successful relationship are real and that made me sympathize with them. 

I cheered for the main characters to find the right balance between work and love and to trust each other to overcome their fears, of being left behind for Finn and to not have a lot of remaining time to live for Harrison.

A lot of the story talks about our main characters work because they work really hard and that's a relevant thing for the plot. I understand too well that at some point in life work is really important and you have to find the right person who understands that what you do is important and he accepts your hours and that something could suddenly come up.

Lately I'm really into the small town, farm trope and I've enjoyed this book that made me smile a lot.


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