Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review of The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

Read for: Audio Book Challenge & New Release Added to Shelves

Synopsis: "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."

My Review: This was one of my anticipated releases of this year, it really captured me with the title and the cover. I love cider and recently went to an apple farm to see them pressing cider. I also liked that it was a little contemporary romance set in a small mid-west town. I listened to the audio book and the narration was great with tones for different characters and inflection based on the story. I really loved the uniqueness of the characters and the setting. The story while slightly different from many other books, was still a nice light contemporary romance, a perfect summer read. I have to say though, my favorite character in the story was Bass, such a fun and unique side character who really added an extra element to the story.

My Rating: I really enjoyed this one, it was a light and fluffy but not too much. The characters and the unique setting of an orchard and cidery really sets it apart.  I haven't read anything else of Reichert's but I believe she might have interwoven a couple of characters from some of her other books into this one which is fun way to connect them without making them a series.  I give this one a rating of Four Paws.


  1. I love cider too, and there are a few cider places around here. My husband's aunt, her family has an orchard, and they sell produce and cider in the fall. I love it! This book sounds fun. It is good to have a fluffy book now and then.

    1. That is so cool, I love heading up to Vermont and New Hampshire in the fall, all these orchards have fresh pressed cider by the gallon. Though I must say this book focuses more on the hard cider, which I wasn't really expecting but I was still totally on board. I do like these contemporary fluff books at the beginning of summer.

  2. This one sounds almost like a Sarah Addison Allen book minus the magic. Like Kami, I'm going to have to add some of this authors books to my list.

    1. It is very much so like Sarah Addison Allen, there is just a hint of magic but not blatant. I hope you get a chance to try it.