I’m so excited to be partnering with the awesome people at Gallery Books to bring you a giveaway in honor of Amy E. Reichert’s new release The Simplicity of Cider! Below you’ll find my review, along with instructions on how to enter to win your very own print copy of the book.
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
This book tells a heartwarming and inspirational tale of two people, and how they help each other discover their true selves.
Sanna grew up on the apple orchard she now helps run with her father. She has a special gift that helps her make spectacular cider. She lives for the trees on the land. They are her life, her livelihood, and they’re rooted deep in her heart. She lives a simple life, but is content with it.
Isaac comes to Idun’s orchard with his son Bass. He’s trying to escape his past, and a devastating truth he has to share with his son. He is delaying the inevitable, but feels a pull towards Idun’s the minute he arrives. He is hired on as temporary help, and he and Bass help Sanna and her father tend to the orchard.
As weeks go by, Sanna and Isaac slowly open up to each other. You could feel the connection these two had right from the beginning. It practically jumped off the page. While Sanna was closed off to begin with, and Isaac was hesitant to let his true feelings build, their friendship blossomed into something even more special, as they pushed each other to be their best selves. I really love the progression of their friendship and subsequent relationship. It felt real, and true, and honest.
Standout supporting character was definitely Bass. What a sweet observant boy. He was such a cool kid, and I absolutely loved how close and connected he and Sanna became.
This was a story full of love. Romantic love, yes. But also love for your family, love for others, and love for your past and heritage. This book left me feeling warm and happy. I also want to visit an apple orchard, stat!
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
*** CLOSED *** Winner has been notified!
Gallery Books has generously offered a copy of The Simplicity of Cider for one lucky reader! Contest is open to US residents only, and the winner will receive one (1) print copy of the book. Enter by 11:59pm May 24th, 2017. Good Luck!
How to Enter:
1. Comment on this blog post with your favorite kind of apple (Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp, etc.)
For extra entries:
1) Follow the entry instructions on the giveaway post on my Instagram page (@booksfortheliving)