Narrator: Rachel Dulude
Published by Tantor Audio on May 16, 2017
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hours and 42 minutes
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Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, 2017 New Release Challenge
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.
The Simplicity of Cider was everything I’ve come to expect from author Amy E. Reichert: a sweet romance with heart-warming moments and delicious food. I loved this book!
Sanna Lund is content with living on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin and working on perfecting her cider recipe. Along with her father they live a quiet and simple life. That is until single dad Isaac Banks and his son Sebastian “Bass” arrive at the farm. Isaac and his son have been on a cross country adventure that led them to the Lund’s farm. This trip was meant to be an escape from a heartbreaking secret. As Sanna spends more time with Isaac and Bass an unexpected friendship develops that opens Sanna and Isaac to a life they never imagined, filled with laughter and love.
The Simplicity of Cider is more than a romance. It is a story of healing. Sanna and Isaac have both been hiding from something painful. They both have been coping with it by putting their full energy into a distraction, for Sanna it is her cider and Isaac it is his son. But their time together opens their eyes and hearts to accepting the pain and allowing others in to help with their healing. I loved Sanna’s transformation from stuffy and anti-social to warm and care-free. Isaac makes some poor choices but as a parent I understood his need for protecting Bass. And Bass is a crazy and lovable kid that warmed my heart.
The Simplicity of Cider is a perfect mix of romance, family unity and a little magic that had me wishing the story would not end. I love author Amy E. Reichert’s writing and the charming characters she brings to life (it was fun to see a cameo appearance of characters from The Coincidence of Coconut Cake). Food plays an important role in her stories as they bring comfort and unite family and friends. I was craving cider so I had to run out and get some. I can’t wait to read more books from this author.
I highly recommend The Simplicity of Cider to fans of romance that is sweet with family unity and delicious food.
5 Star Audiobook Review
This is my first time listening to Rachel Dulude and I really enjoyed her performance. I thought she portrayed Sanna’s annoyed attitude perfectly and loved her performance of Bass’ carefree attitude. She brought the raw emotion to the story and made the authors message of family even more meaningful. I look forward to listening to more audiobooks from Rachel Dulude.
I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit XOXOAfterDark.com for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.