When Matt Vogel shows up at Nora Frederickson’s barn door, she can’t wait to get rid of him. Nora is a painter, and she’s bought this old farm in Chowan County from a distant relative so that she can work undisturbed. Matt has dropped by because he is used to hunting on this land and would like to get the permission of the new owner–Nora. Hunting is a no-no for Nora. She has just moved from a bad neighborhood in Baltimore, and she has heard enough gun shots to last a lifetime.
Even as Nora gives Matt a quick brushoff, he likes what he sees and begins to look for excuses to come by. Matt works at the local fishery where his early morning hours give him free time in the afternoons for hunting–and other things. Matt is handsome and handy, and Nora’s feelings toward him thaw. Their relationship crosses racial lines, but this is not a major obstacle, and the author handles it in a way that reflects the way we live now. The more significant barriers to their relationship are the the demands of Nora’s career and the problems that their friends and frenemies make for them. Matt’s attempt to keep his so-called friend Chad away from Nora backfires as Chad dallies with two women who are close to Matt and Nora, and Chad’s sister tries to torpedo Nora’s career. Despite the smallness of small town life, Nora finds inspiration in the fields and forest and people of Chowan County.
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