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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Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Description from the publishers through Netgalley:
A poignant and funny debut novel about one young widow learning to tend to her life…
It’s been three years since her husband was killed in a car accident and Lilian is still getting used to being sane—after that one early breakdown. She’s happy just being able to get her two girls to school every morning, keep her illustrating job, and catch up on her favorite TV shows with her sister. She’s not exactly in a rut; she’s just letting the grass grow under her feet.
But then Lilian’s boss asks her to illustrate a vegetable encyclopedia and signs her up for a vegetable-gardening class. Lilian reluctantly agrees and recruits her kids and sister to join her for some drama-free Saturday mornings, because what could be more relaxing than gardening? Nothing…except that this class is filled with people who like to dig a little deeper than the surface, and an instructor who makes Lillian want to bloom for the first time in years.
With her fellow newbie gardeners, Lilian learns what it takes to nurture plants—and friendships. Digging in the dirt, with worms and all, teaches Lilian that sometimes you have to let nature take its course, be it in gardening, in life, or in love…
May 2017 Indie Next selection
I absolutely loved this book. I am not a gardener by any means, in fact, last year I killed a CACTUS! A CACTUS! How is that even possible?! Anyway, each chapter has a brief one page tidbit about gardening that is quite cute and sometimes funny.
The setting of the story, a gardening class, helps to bring all of the characters of the story together and leads to the underlying theme of nurturing yourself and tending to your own needs.
Lili’s story is one of heartache but then she starts to see glimmers of hope and happiness when surrounded by the new growth of the garden and the support of new friends. I can’t say enough about this book and really do recommend it.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I received this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publishers through Netgalley.
I received this book at Book Con in 2015. I don’t really read Romance novels but I saw that it was available on my Overdrive app as an audio book and decided to give it a try. I am really glad that I did.
Yes, there was a lot of mentioning of breasts and it did get annoying but the story was fun. I liked the characters of Chief Levi Cooper and Faith Holland. I found myself laughing along and really getting into the story. Faith is a young woman who moved away from her family and home after her wedding day literally fell apart at the altar.
This is book 1 in the Blue Heron series and I wouldn’t mind picking up the next one to see what it is about. If you enjoy a fun,contemporary, romance novels, then give this series a shot.
I gave it 4 crowns.
Description from the publishers through Netgalley
From the New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March comes a gripping, poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart’s capacity to remember.
While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.
When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense—everything connected and felt right. But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what—and whom—she wants.
Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she’s willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.
I fell in love with Sarah Jio’s writing a long time ago. Her story telling is exquisite and realistic. You can feel what the characters in her stories are feeling in such a dynamic way.
Her newest release is no different. Always is a tug at your heartstrings story about love and friendship. What would you do if you were once again face to face with a lost love? Years have gone by and things are completely different in the lives of Kailey and Cade but there is a magnetic pull that draws them together.
I tore through this book. I did not want to put it down. I highly recommend it.
I give this book 5 crowns.
I received this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Publication date March 27, 2017
Synopsis from the Publisher:
Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.
Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.
Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.
I did not know that this was a modern retelling of Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn, probably because I have never seen that movie. This was a fast paced, romance story in which the two characters are thickheaded and stubborn. It is a case of adult insta-love and some of the details annoyed me. As soon as I read the words “wet wonderland” I wanted to put the book down.
It did get a little bit better and I did finish it but this is not something I would gravitate towards normally.
I give this book 3 crowns.
I won this book from a Facebook giveaway on October 27, 2015! Yes, you read that correctly 2015! I have had this on my shelf for almost 2 years. Looking at the cover, I formed judgments on the type of book this was. I thought it was something that I would dislike because I am not really into reading anything in the historical genre. However, I never gave this away or sold it for credit. I found this audio book on Overdrive and decided to give it a try.
I am so glad I did. The narrator was exceptional and the story was wonderful. About halfway through the book, I ordered the next one in the series. This is the story of Sisi who becomes Empress and has to learn how to live in that lifestyle. She is not from an exquisite palace nor a royal life and she finds all of the rules and regulations to be very trying. I love her free spirit and her stubbornness.
This was a great read and I am so happy that I finally picked it up.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
This was a fun, romantic read for February. I have always had an obsession with party planning and floral designing. Cara is a florist that prepares the most elegant arrangements for her clients. She deals with countless brides and their crazy families. She owns her own business but is in debt to her father. Her own love life is non-existent unless you count her love for her dog Poppy.
How will she deal with a crappy landlady, demanding clients and an accidental dog napping that leads to an overwhelming attraction? Read this book to find out.
This was a great read. I really enjoyed it and the characters were well developed. Mary Kay Andrews is a wonderful storyteller and I will not hesitate to pick up more of her works.
I gave this 5 crowns.