The Simplicity of Cider book
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

A time-tested apple orchard, two broken families, and opportunities for new beginnings.

I really enjoyed this charming and uplifting story. Based on the blurb, I expected this to be simply a love story. As it turns out, it’s much more than that. Overall, this is a heartwarming story about family, love, and forgiveness.

Each of the characters are struggling to overcome difficult situations. The Lund family is being challenged by their differences of opinion with respect to their family relationships and plans for their apple orchard. Isaac and his ten-year-old son Sebastian, must face and adjust to a new change in their family. The two families meet by chance, and soon learn they can help each other. As truths about their situations come to light, they rely on each other and define their new beginnings.

From the book cover to the storyline, this is the perfect fall read πŸ‚:

  • It begins in summer, and works its way to Thanksgiving Day.
  • The story takes place at the the Lund family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin.
  • The orchard, apples, cider, and weather make this such a cozy read.
  • The meals and desserts are comfort foods that add to the heartwarming ambience of fall.

Sanna and her father enjoy an apple dessert every evening. I don’t, but the story did inspire me to try some apple desserts this month. The end of the book includes the author’s favorite recipe for Caramel Apple Bread Pudding, so I might start with that one πŸ˜‹.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love learning about different subjects, through the many stories I read. In this case, I enjoyed learning about cider. From the trees, to the apples, to the process of making cider, and the varieties of ciders … I found it all interesting.

This is my first book by Mary E. Reichert, and I’m now looking forward to reading more of her books. I enjoyed her writing style and well-developed characters. In between thrillers and fast-paced stories, a cozy story like this one is just perfect.

Have you read this story? Have you enjoyed any other books by this author?