Publish Date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
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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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This book pulled me in right from the start, Isaac and his son Sebastian (Bass) are on a road trip, Isaac is looking for a diversion and avoiding telling Bass some awful news about his Mom. The two are traveling from California and taking odd jobs along the way. They end up at the Apple Orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. I have always wanted to visit that part of the country so I was quite happy about the setting of this book. Isaac and Bass take on jobs at the Apple Orchard. Sanna and her father need help as the orchard is failing and Sanna’s father is aging.
Sanna is one of the most complicated and prickly characters that I have met so far, she does not want any help and is determined to scare Bass and Isaac away. Bass is assigned to Sanna and Sanna has decided that she will run him off by being herself, she does not like children and thinks that they do not like her. Bass however is hilarious and uncaring what Sanna thinks of him, oh he is a bit scared and intimidated by her, he thinks she is very tall. Here is my favorite Bass quote “Do you smell farts up there?” This is one of the first things that Bass said to Sanna! That is why Bass is one of my favorite all time characters!
The growing relationship between Sanna and Bass was developed very nicely and the slow romance between Isaac and Sanna was threaded quite nicely into the story. As I mentioned earlier Sanna is very complex and has abandonment issues regarding her mother and that makes her relationships very complicated. There are family secrets and drama, I kept wondering why Sanna’s mother left and why not contact? I found myself very involved with the story and the characters.
I thought that this book was so well written, story line was very good and I truly enjoyed most of the characters. As always there are the annoying characters that do make the book all the more interesting. Sanna and Bass were my favorites, Bass and his fart comments were hysterical! This book will go on my favorite books of 2017 list.