• The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season

  • By: Molly Fader
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“A stunning story about family and hope that unfolds unexpectedly but beautifully, like a Michigan summer sunset over an orchard.” (Viola Shipman, best-selling author of The Summer Cottage and The Clover Girls)

In cherry season, anything is possible....

Everything Hope knows about the Orchard House is from the stories of her late mother. So when she arrives at the northern Michigan family estate late one night with a terrible secret and her 10-year-old daughter in tow, she’s not sure if she’ll be welcomed or turned away with a shotgun by the aunt she has never met.

Hope’s aunt, Peg, has lived in the Orchard House all her life, though the property has seen better days. She agrees to take Hope in if, in exchange, Hope helps with the cherry harvest - not exactly Hope’s specialty, but she’s out of options. As Hope works the orchard alongside her aunt, daughter and a kind man she finds increasingly difficult to ignore, a new life begins to blossom. But the mistakes of the past are never far behind, and soon the women will find themselves fighting harder than ever for their family roots and for each other.

©2020 Molly Fader (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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A wonderful story of women blooming through the darkest nights

Molly has a wonderful style of writing that draws you in without have you had to descriptions or introspective word play. Real and raw, yet buoyed up with hope, this is a story about three generations of women in search of sanctuary, who find it both in themselves and in each other, as well as in the community they find themselves in. Love the rural setting and delightfully eclectic characters. Nicely done, Ms. Fader. And Nancy Peterson does a fantastic job of bringing this story off the page - as always.

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Really Enjoyed It

Liked this book, was looking for more by the author but I see she writes mostly romance. Hope there is more women's fiction from her. Great characters, plot created tension. Well narrated.

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A wonderful story about finding your way back home

A beautifully written story about life, love, lies, secrets, addiction, hidden emotions, abuse and so much more. When you finally let the light in beautiful loving things can happen. I really enjoyed listening to his well crafted story. I felt as if I closed my eyes I could picture everything that was happening. I look forward to more by this wonderful author.

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Great Read

The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season was a great read by Molly Fader. Hope only knows of the Orchard House. That is the only place that Hope knows might keep her and her ten year old daughter safe at the moment. Hope is met with the aunt she never met and the barrel of her shotgun. Peg, Hope’s aunt, has always lived in the Orchard House. She and Hope agree that they’ll stay there if Hope and her daughter help with the next cherry season. She meets Abel, who is Peg’s neighbor that helps with the harvests. Unfortunately Hope is hiding something important and her past starts to catch up to her. I really enjoyed Hope’s story and cant wait to read more by Molly Fader.

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Secrets can be a terrible thing!

Hope takes her daughter to the only family they have left after leaving her abusive partner. She doesn't plan to stay long, just a couple of days,but home and family have a pull on her even if it is a home she doesn't remember. While she has her secrets, she discovers that her Aunt Peg has secrets also. Secrets have a way of changing your life and not staying buried.
This is the first book of Molly Fader's I have listened to, but I hope to read more!

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Very slow moving and little plot

There are a lot of great reviews for this book - for me it was slow and very little tension in the plot to keep me going. I found myself easily getting distracted - the opposite of what I look for in an audio book. The pacing didn't work for me and the resolution of the "mystery" mentioned in the beginning of the book seemed obvious early on. There were better parts where it picked up and I was more engaged but then it went back to feeling tedious to get through. The voice used for the daughter also grated on me. I struggled to finish.

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Predictable!

This was a Very predictable story. Could tell what was coming at all times!
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Great book

This was so good. The narrator was really good and the story line and characters were so memorable.

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AMAZING!

Definitely a favorite! Loved everything about it!!! And a bonus that the story was set in Northern Michigan where I live!

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So, so good!

I loved this book so much, but the narrator is the Best! I’m going now to look for more books read by her!