I’m so excited to share with you all the newest release from one of my favorite authors, Amy E. Reichert! She is a Wisconsin author, which makes her work near and dear to my born-and-bred Wisconsin heart. This title is out on May 16th, and is a perfect fit for both Wisconsinites and non-locals who love a good story about family and pride, with little touches of romance and magic.
Here is the official book description as well as my thoughts on this title:
The Simplicity of Cider
by Amy E. Reichert
(Gallery Books – May 16, 2017)
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.
You had me at Wisconsin. You had me at apples. Add in the fact this is the Wisconsin author of a favorite book of mine (The Coincidence of Coconut Cake) and I was dying to read this! Thanks so much to the publisher for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review pre-release!
Sanna Lund is certainly not the typical quirky but warm and lovable female protagonist that I typically see in this type of book – she is bristly and singularly focused on her orchard and ONLY her orchard. However, her relationship with her father is achingly sweet, and her desire to hold onto her family’s land is one that any longtime-landowner can relate to. No matter what, the land is worth more than any money it can bring in. This is something I see every day as a rural lifelong Wisconsin resident, and Reichert nailed this characteristic. She also completely accurately portrayed the starkness and isolation of rural Wisconsin in the winter – loss of electricity, potentially being housebound, etc. I live this life, and appreciate both Sanna’s determination to live this way forever, as well as her mother’s complete and utter horror at her time in Door County.
This story may have romantic elements, and a hint of suspense, but I simply adored the tiny touch of magic that Reichert wove in. Being able to taste colors and having a family “special touch” with their trees is just special enough, but also just believable enough to allow readers to completely buy into this storyline. It left me wanting to taste Sanna’s cider to see what color I would see upon drinking it!
All in all, Reichert has yet again brought Wisconsin and its beauty to readers in the rest of the world with unforgettable characters and a unique setting.
NOTE: I am currently listening to Reichert’s second title Luck, Love and Lemon Pie from Audible and am really enjoying it – I can’t wait to share my review of it in my next Adult Reads round-up at the end of this month!