Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Description from the publishers through Netgalley:
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.
This was a beautiful story about what makes a family and what makes a home. Sanna’s passion in life is working on her family’s apple orchard and coming up with perfect blends of apples for her cider. She lives on the orchard with her father and loves everything about her life, except that she is mad at the mother and brother that abandoned her. She has the uncanny ability to see the final colors of a cider blend and know what it will taste like and which apples to use to get there.
This is a contemporary novel and so there is a love story involved but it is a beautiful one. Sanna learns a lot about herself and about her interactions with others. She grows so much throughout the development of the story.
It was a great read and one that I could not put down and made me cry. I highly recommend picking up this book and reading it with a nice bottle of hard cider!
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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