Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie. Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land. Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard. Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm. From the warm and funny Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider is a charming love story with a touch of magic, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Gayle Forman.

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Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

This is such a sweet book about relationships, the many forms of family, love, and learning to open your heart. There is even just a little bit of magic.
We meet Sanna and her father as they trudge along on the family orchard in Door County. We also meet Issac and his son, Bass, as they navigate a summer adventure. The real fun begins when these to sets come together with Issac and Bass working for the Lund's over the summer.
While there is an undercurrent of a romantic story between Sanna and Issac, the real focus of this book is how we deal with change and the relationships that make up the fabric of our lives. Sanna is at the core of things- she at times comes across as cold, but it's impossible not to like her as you get to know her.
This is a well written, heart warming story with great characters. The issues dealt with have the potential to be heavy, but the author has a light enough touch that they aren't. Reading this book reminded me of slipping into a warm bath - everything was just right and at the end of the day there was a peaceful feeling.

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