The lowdown from Goodreads
Publishing date 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.
Oh, I am Really Into The Simplicity of Cider. I just finished it & I am ready to read it again. There are so many fantastic parts & I don’t want to spoil the story, but I want to tell you all about it.
I loved getting to know & understand Sanna. A 6 foot 3 inch tall hermit that makes cider flavors based on colors she sees in her mind & lets her dad cut her hair. She is surely one of a kind.
I could picture Sanna’s dad, Einar, so easily. A hard working, dependable man who is dedicated to his work & his family. I loved when he sent Sanna, Isaac & Bass to the fish boil to have some fun.
We learn very early on that Isaac and his son, Sebastian ‘Bass’ arrive in Door County for the summer after Bass’s mother Paige dies. Isaac can’t face telling Bass, so he whisks him away to a new city & here they slowly become art of the Lund family. They work on the farm, Bass helps Sanna with the tress & with the cider, Isaac shares his ideas to make the orchard profitable & they just settle in so nicely.
Now, I loved The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, & two of my favorites characters, Lou & Al make an appearance in The Simplicity of Cider. I was so happy, I squealed. The two stories were similar in that they revolved around the main characters doing what they loved; for Lou it was cooking & for Sanna its making cider. Amy also gave us so many wonderful smaller characters in both novels. In The Coincidence of Coconut Cake it was the older couple who believed in Lou & in The Simplicity of Cider we met Mrs. Dibble, her son & Bass & Isaac. To be honest, I wasn’t Really Into Luck, Love & Lemon Pie because I had a hard time connecting with the characters, which made it harder for me to root for MJ & Chris to fall back in love. As soon as I started reading The Simplicity of Cider, I instantly felt connected to Sanna, the Looms, the Lund family in general & I loved meeting Bass, he’s ‘baller’. I’m Really Into The Simplicity of Cider & check out the video review after you’ve read the book. I’m talking all about my favorite parts! The one I forgot to mention in the video was Isaac giving Sanna a haircut. It was so sweet, seductive & romantic- I’ve never heard of a sexier haircut.
Special thanks to Amy E. Reichert, Gallery Books & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.