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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Amy E. Reichert (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Reichert captures the food, relationships, and unique settings of the Midwest at their best. I was absolutely charmed by The Simplicity of Cider." (J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times best-selling author)

"Narrator Rachel Dulude's natural voice quietly appeals in this charming story of family, apple cider, and a touch of the mystic....Dulude excels with her subtle portrayals, capturing the cautious reluctance of Sanna, the endearing gruffness of her father, and the lively energy of young Bass." (AudioFile)

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just awesome

This book is beautifully written and has wonderful narration. I am a picky reader, and this book made me very happy. A joy to read.

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A Multi-category Joy

With lush descriptions and an intricate plot, Amy Reacher's Simplicity of Cider is a special treat for hard apple cider aficionados who love strong female lead characters in their women's fiction, and authentic evocations of the charms of Midwest orchard country. Everyone else will love it too!

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 07-06-18

3 ½ stars. Enjoyable womens fiction.

My biggest problem was the ending. Crimes were committed, but we don’t know what happened to the bad guy. Was there enough evidence? Did he to go to jail? He didn’t pay restitution to the victims. What was done to him? When you have good guys and bad guys in a story, it feels unfinished when there is no justice. I deducted a star for that.

I was ok with the heroine being prickly. There was a happy ending for the romantic relationship which I liked.

There was a touch of magic - for example a tree responding to human emotions. It was a minor part of the story.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Rachel Dulude did a fine job.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 336 pages. Swearing language: mild and rarely used. Sexual content: two scenes referred to not shown. Setting: current day mostly Door County, Wisconsin. Book copyright: 2017. Genre: womens fiction with romance.

OTHER BOOKS:
I’ve read two other books by this author.
5 stars. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
2 stars. The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go. (Too much grief.)