The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

The Simplicity of Cider

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 des...

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ISBN:1501154923
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:313 pages

The Simplicity of Cider Reviews

  • Karma

    Like her previous books--THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE and LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE--Amy E. Reichert has masterfully mixed food (in this case, cider making) with complex characters and a great love story. Sweet, heartfelt and with a touch of magic, this novel was a delight to read. I loved it!

  • Julie

    The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert is a 2017 Gallery books publication.

    ‘Happiness is always worth remembering, even if it’s temporary”

    Sanna Lund loves her quiet, simple life, working on her family’s apple orchard. It’s the only life she has ever known, and she has no desire to give it up to see what else might be out there, like her brother, Anders. But, her father is getting older and is unable to do as much, and the orchard is not making a profit. Not only that, someone wants to buy t

    The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert is a 2017 Gallery books publication.

    ‘Happiness is always worth remembering, even if it’s temporary”

    Sanna Lund loves her quiet, simple life, working on her family’s apple orchard. It’s the only life she has ever known, and she has no desire to give it up to see what else might be out there, like her brother, Anders. But, her father is getting older and is unable to do as much, and the orchard is not making a profit. Not only that, someone wants to buy the land and use it to build a water park.

    Anders is all for it, but Sanna simply can’t let it go.

    Enter Isaac and his son, Bass. Isaac has simply walked away from his life, taking his young son along for a summer adventure before he must pass along some life altering information that will shatter Bass’s innocence forever, which is how they came to be in Wisconsin and how they landed a job working in the orchard.

    Sanna is very slow to warm up to their new summer workers, but when her father has an accident, she is grateful for the extra hands.

    What ensues from here is a funny, poignant, and heartwarming story about life, love, family, betrayals, and forgiveness, all of which sparks a time of awakening for Sanna and brings long overdue happiness back to her family.

    ‘Could a person have whiplash of the heart?’

    I love Amy E. Reichert’s writing!!

    I give you fair warning- Bass is going to melt and then steal your heart. I loved his banter with Sanna, who is not- I repeat- not- fond of kids.

    The story has so much charm mixed with bittersweet emotions, I wanted to savor every moment. This story employs a mild bit of magical realism, which a new tact by Reichert, and I have to say that while I’ve become a bit of a hard sale on that front, in this context it added the cherry on the cake.

    I enjoyed reading about the ‘Looms’, the cider, and the process of making it, and loved seeing Sanna come out of the fog she wasn’t even aware she was in. There are also some surprising twists and stunning developments along the way, and my emotions got a real workout in the process.

    But, overall, I could not have asked for a better conclusion! Sometimes, especially when times are trying, I need a book like this one, that reminds me of the important things in life. But, it’s not enough to just prioritize, you must remember to enjoy living, to be willing to compromise, to forgive, and to let people in so you can live a fuller and happier life.

    Whenever I close a book with a full heart and a smile on my face, then I know the author has not only done their job, but it was a job well done!!

  • Lolly K Dandeneau

    via my blog

    Sanna had always appreciated the sanctuary of the orchard, and this revelation bonded Sanna like another root digging into the soil, finding nourishment. She’d never leave.

    An apple orchard has been in Sanna Lund’s family for five generations. Much like the apple trees, she is rooted, nourished by the family land. There is a magic in her blood and there is no way she can give up and let her brother force her father’s hand in selling it. Time is

    via my blog

    Sanna had always appreciated the sanctuary of the orchard, and this revelation bonded Sanna like another root digging into the soil, finding nourishment. She’d never leave.

    An apple orchard has been in Sanna Lund’s family for five generations. Much like the apple trees, she is rooted, nourished by the family land. There is a magic in her blood and there is no way she can give up and let her brother force her father’s hand in selling it. Time is against her, they are losing money and try as she might, she can’t get the cider just right. Cider that could be their salvation. This is her refuge, but when her father hires help her life is filled with more complications, especially her heart. A single father Isaac and his son Bass seem to worm their way into the core of her being. Sara has so much to focus on in order to save the orchard, the last thing she needs is a kid getting in the way. All she wants out of life is the orchard, hard work, the ‘simplicity of cider’ and certainly not a single dad no matter how much she is attracted to him. So what if his son’s goofy side is growing on her! Anyone can see Isaac is an attractive man, but so what? Who needs a man stealing time from her failing orchard?

    Isaac and Bass have left their own painful lives behind in California, this is meant to be a reprieve from their own problems, certainly not meant to be a permanent stay. Against her better judgement and desires to keep her life contained, Sanna is losing pieces of herself to the two. Sanna keeps her distance from people for a reason, but hiding won’t fix the land nor heal her heart. She may have a special gift but sometimes what you need is to open yourself to others, even those you’ve spent time denying, because that is the true magic. It may take love to nourish the land. Bass has his own difficulties with his mother, in this he and Sanna are the same. Long ago, her own mother left, and she hasn’t dealt with the rupture in her life.

    It’s a love story at heart, but not just romantic love. It’s about family, traditions and the running of an apple orchard. It’s fighting to keep a family business alive and how sometimes you have to learn to accept that you can’t do everything on your own and that maybe the changes fate brings are a new way of seeing. Sometimes change can be a gift. This novel was a nice break from heavy reading, a sweet love story. This is an advanced arc, and the novel will not be released until May.

    Publication Date: May 16 2017

    Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

  • Yodamom

    Reading this book will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.The beautiful smells if the orchard, the colors, the tastes, even the roughness of the bark. It is like going on vacation without leaving the pages. You get that happy after glow just from the words. Pick up a nice glass of cider curl up under a beautiful tree and enjoy this beautiful book. This author has such a talent for spreading simple joy with her words.

    The story is about family, one family with a strong history to the land and

    Reading this book will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.The beautiful smells if the orchard, the colors, the tastes, even the roughness of the bark. It is like going on vacation without leaving the pages. You get that happy after glow just from the words. Pick up a nice glass of cider curl up under a beautiful tree and enjoy this beautiful book. This author has such a talent for spreading simple joy with her words.

    The story is about family, one family with a strong history to the land and trees. One family set a drift by a terrible death. Both families have skeletons that are pulled out and dusted off leaving that closest a cleaner happier place. The romance is slow and gentle, patient and just right for the characters. The drama is light, never so tense that you feel uncomfortable or stressed. Strong good people, doing their best, living the best way they know.

    Great relaxing read

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦

    May 16, 2017

    Women's Fiction

    The Simplicity of Cider is a sweet and charming read. Being new to the author, I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of how she delivers her stories so I was quite surprised to see that she does, in fact, deliver. I am so glad I was able to read a copy prior to publication! Now, while I did feel like there was a little too much going on within the story, I did appreciate how Reichert was able to make her characters relatable to many people. Thi

    May 16, 2017

    Women's Fiction

    The Simplicity of Cider is a sweet and charming read. Being new to the author, I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of how she delivers her stories so I was quite surprised to see that she does, in fact, deliver. I am so glad I was able to read a copy prior to publication! Now, while I did feel like there was a little too much going on within the story, I did appreciate how Reichert was able to make her characters relatable to many people. This is truly an added bonus to a wonderful novel.

    If your looking for a heartwarming read to get lost in for a few hours I would definitely recommend this book. After reading it, I am going to have to go back and pick up her other books based on this one.

  • Chris  Carroll

    Awesome story!!! 4.5 Stars!

    The author really took this new book to new heights.

    is extremely well written. Her characters are interesting and unique and she captured them perfectly.

    You can just feel the uncomfortableness in Sanna. The strain of family, finances, and not knowing anything about feelings, let alone how to deal with the newcomer, Isaac and his son.

    Set in a beautiful countryside, the descriptions and details in this book suck you in and make you feel like you

    Awesome story!!! 4.5 Stars!

    The author really took this new book to new heights.

    is extremely well written. Her characters are interesting and unique and she captured them perfectly.

    You can just feel the uncomfortableness in Sanna. The strain of family, finances, and not knowing anything about feelings, let alone how to deal with the newcomer, Isaac and his son.

    Set in a beautiful countryside, the descriptions and details in this book suck you in and make you feel like you are right there watching everything unfold.

    I don't know what it is about this specific book but it is my favorite of hers so far. You can feel the characters passion for the farm and business as well as the developing feelings between the two main characters.

    by Amy E. Reichert is a heartwarming and wholesome book that you will fall in love with. It is Americana at it's best. This story will reach into your soul and remain there for a long time to come.

  • Mo

    Sanna is used to a solitary life, living with her Pa at the orchard, rarely venturing into town and she likes it like that. But all that changes one su

    Sanna is used to a solitary life, living with her Pa at the orchard, rarely venturing into town and she likes it like that. But all that changes one summer when Isaac and his young son arrive and help out at the orchard.

    I think Sanna might have blonde hair in the book but couldn't find a picture that I liked with a blonde ...

  • Bam

    Escape to Door County, WI this summer for a delightful, light-hearted romance with a little touch of magical realism. The setting is Idun's Apple Orchard, owned by the same family since 1870. Currently it is being operated by 70-year-old Einars Lund and his daughter, Sanna, who is determined to craft a line of delicious hard ciders. Sanna sees flavors as colors and loves experimenting to get the right 'shade.' Dad has gone way into debt buying new equipment for the processing but so far it hasn'

    Escape to Door County, WI this summer for a delightful, light-hearted romance with a little touch of magical realism. The setting is Idun's Apple Orchard, owned by the same family since 1870. Currently it is being operated by 70-year-old Einars Lund and his daughter, Sanna, who is determined to craft a line of delicious hard ciders. Sanna sees flavors as colors and loves experimenting to get the right 'shade.' Dad has gone way into debt buying new equipment for the processing but so far it hasn't paid off.

    The vultures are hovering in the form of rich developers who want to buy the property and turn it into a theme park, Wild Water Works. Einars' son Anders is pushing him to accept their multimillion-dollar offer. But sell their home, their family legacy and see some of the ancient trees plowed under? Unthinkable!

    But for now, Einars has hired some summer help in the form of Isaac Banks, a handsome man from California, traveling with his 10-year-old son, Sebastian (Bass). Isaac has a secret he is trying to keep from his son that may explode in his face.

    As a web designer, can Isaac come up with a way to increase Idun's business, enough to keep them afloat? And who is trying to sabotage things in the orchard?

    The Lunds and friends are interesting characters you'll enjoy getting to know. The touch of magical realism adds an interesting element to the story. I just wish I could taste some of Sanna's craft cider; it sounds so intriguing and delicious! I'll just have to be satisfied with the recipe for Caramel Apple Bread Pudding which is included--I cannot wait to try it come fall.

    I was thrilled to win a paperback copy of this book in a giveaway from the publisher. Many thanks to them!

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