- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books (May 16, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501154923
- ISBN-13: 978-1501154928
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Simplicity of Cider: A Novel Paperback – May 16, 2017
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Praise for THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER
"Reichert captures the food, relationships, and unique settings of the Midwest at their best. I was absolutely charmed by The Simplicity of Cider." (J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest)
"Reichert has once again delivered a sure fire hit with The Simplicity of Cider. It's charming, heartwarming and magical." (Nina Bocci, USA Today bestselling author of Roman Crazy)
"The Simplicity of Cider will quench your thirst for a smart, poignant tale of people who find their true selves, and in the process each other, in the most unexpected places. A sparkling tale of creating family where you need it, and learning to let go of the things that hold you back from your best life." (Stacey Ballis, author of Wedding Girl and Recipe for Disaster)
"The Simplicity of Cider is the perfect blend of sweet, smart and immensely satisfying. If foodie fiction is a thing, Amy Reichert is the grand master." (Colleen Oakley, author of Close Enough to Touch)
"Deep family secrets and undeniable attraction collide in this wonderfully atmospheric and heartwarming tale of a father trying to save his son, a woman trying to save her family's land, and the way that the two of them might just save each other if they can stop the past from destroying their future. As deliciously satisfying as a crisp glass of the cider Amy E. Reichert so masterfully describes." (Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting, The Life Intended, and When We Meet Again)
"With a dreamy setting and lovable characters, The Simplicity of Cider is so good you can practically taste it. Read it in the shade of an apple tree, near a perfectly dry bottle of cider, or wherever--just read it!" (Kelly Harms, author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane)
"Reichert's writing is like the song in your heart, at once lilting and joyous yet aching and real. The Simplicity of Cider is a comforting and layered read with a cast of well-developed characters who feel both unique and authentic, and a setting that will have you yearning for a trip to Door County and a mug of cider." (Sonali Dev, author of A Change of Heart)
"The Simplicity of Cider is a novel as delicious as cider and as enchanting as magic--both of which are found in measured doses throughout the book. Amy Reichert has a way of writing about complicated relationships and seemingly impossible situations with a strong thread of hope that is both uplifting and substantive. This is a lovely book, meant to be savored." (Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Guests on South Battery)
"Brimming with hilarity, magic, and heartwarming unexpected relationships, The Simplicity of Cider is the ultimate ode to celebrating the dazzling splendor in small things. This will give you more fuzzy feelings than you can count.” (Redbook)
“A lot charming and a little bit magical, Reichert’s latest is warm and poignant and romantic… between the humor and the heart lies a subplot of family and setting yourself free — framed beautifully by a story that won’t let go.” (RT Book Reviews (4 star review))
"Have you discovered Amy E. Reichert yet? This month she released her third book, The Simplicity of Cider, and I’m happy to say it is another terrific read. I loved how Reichert solved some of the major conflicts with ingenuity and heart. I loved how the characters made some crazy mistakes, but that they owned them and didn’t expect the people around them to readily forgive them, but when the time came for forgiveness, it was available and earned. I loved the amazing apple tree that was the heart and soul of the orchard. I loved the book’s hint of magic and the slight softening of the characters’ attitudes as they began to look for solutions and help from each other. And, of course, the book has a strong food theme, which Reichert is celebrated for. If you haven’t read Amy Reichert yet, I highly recommend you check her out." (Bobbi Dumas, Kirkus Reviews)
“I enjoyed all the quaint details about the food and Midwest settings… And the romance between Sanna and Isaac was the perfect mix of spicy and sweet!” (Melissa D'Agnese, First for Women Magazine)
Praise for LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE
“As irresistible and delicious as an actual slice of lemon pie, Luck, Love & Lemon Pie has all of the sweet ingredients that make a book impossible to put down. From the fallible yet lovable characters to the smart writing and layered plot, we tore through the pages of this thought provoking story. Amy E. Reichert has a flair for writing heartwarming fiction that will give you sweet cravings!” (Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors of THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY and THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS)
“Luck, Love & Lemon Pie is touching, clever, and a hell of a lot of fun. Amy E. Reichert somehow manages to not only tell a stirring story about modern marriage, but also transport you poolside in Vegas. Simply put, Luck, Love & Lemon Pie is a great bet.” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE and AFTER I DO)
“Luck, Love & Lemon Pie delves into the complexities of marriage and what we’re willing to do for the ones we love. With relatable characters and a lot of heart, Reichert delivers a story that is both entertaining and wise, and leaves you believing that, when it comes to true happiness, you can create your own luck.” (Karma Brown, bestselling author of COME AWAY WITH ME)
"Amy E. Reichert serves up another delicious serving of fresh wit and lots of fun in this charming tale of a woman determined to fix her marriage gone stale. This heartfelt novel is as funny as it is tender—in other words, the perfect summer read." (Colleen Oakley, author of BEFORE I GO)
“An enjoyable and thought-provoking exploration of a modern-day marriage in midlife crisis.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"Reichert’s second novel, after the popular The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (2015), will appeal to readers who enjoy a lighter look at self-discovery, family, and friendship." (Booklist)
"Laugh-out-loud, hold-on-to-your-panties women's fiction. The characters are game for anything when it comes to getting back what they think they have lost. Reichert is a talented author." (RT Book Reviews, four-star review)
Praise for THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE
"Deliciously entertaining! Amy E. Reichert's voice is warm and funny in this delightful ode to second chances and the healing power of a meal cooked with love." (Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author of ALL THE SUMMER GIRLS and HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE)
"Amy E. Reichert writes like your best friend and reading her words is like having that friend whisper them into your ear. The Coincidence of the Coconut Cake is a delicious story of food, love, and a wink at what people will do to have their cake and eat it, too." (Ann Garvin, author of THE DOG YEAR and MAGGIE'S WATCH)
"Amy E. Reichert whips up the perfect recipe for a deliciously fun read. Combine humor and romance with a dash of drama, then let it simmer. The sprinkle of Wisconsin pride is icing on an already irresistable cake. Warning: do not read this book hungry!" (Elizabeth Eulberg, author of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB and BETTER OFF FRIENDS)
“What a wonderful treat! Delicious descriptions of food and love and Milwaukee (I know! Who knew?). A sweet, endearing read.” (Megan Mulry, USA Today Bestselling Author of A ROYAL PAIN)
"The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a smart and delicious debut—a read as satisfying as the last bite of dessert after a lovingly-prepared meal. The novel is as much a celebration of the midwest and regional food as it is a love story between chef Lou and food critic Al. I adored Lou and her quirky makeshift family of restaurant customers and co-workers. Their missteps and milestones kept me racing through the chapters, craving another course." (Susan Gloss, author of the novel VINTAGE)
"Amy Reichert brings sweetness and substance to her delicious debut. Sign me up for second helpings!" (Lisa Patton, bestselling author of WHISTLIN' DIXIE IN A NOR'EASTER)
“Amy E. Reichert takes the cake with this charming tale of food, friendship, and fate.” (Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME)
“…Reichert's quirky and endearing debut skillfully and slyly examines identity and community while its characters find love in surprising places. Clever, creative, and sweetly delicious.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"A delectable novel." (Bookreporter)
“Highly recommended that you eat before reading this book…a light, fun read that feels a bit like eating dessert for dinner.” (RT Book Reviews)
"Well-developed secondary characters and detailed descriptions of the Milwaukee food scene will leave readers hungry for more. Fans of Stacey Ballis and Erica Bauermeister will find lots to love." (Booklist)
About the Author
Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her local library’s board of directors.
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You have a man Issac, who takes his son on a trip to give him one last summer before he gives him devastated news. They stumble on this orchard that is run by a man Einars and his daughter Sanna. Sanna is a different type of women. She is tall, straight forward and not your typical flowery heroine. But the way Sanna loves her land that has been in her family for decades is beautiful and will have you loving and wishing you could walk and hang out at the orchards.
This story had so many layers, there was a little mystery, romance, heartbreak, healing. It really had everything and not to mention the way the author made the details of this orchard and the trees and the smells make you feel like you had been vacationing there an not just reading.
This book also wet my taste and smell. I wanted to taste what they grow. I wanted to be at the table when the items were cooked and taste and drink the what they land produces.
This book was such a great story for everyone! This one is a #MustRead
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
My first introduction to Amy E. Reichert’s writing was a favorite story also set in Wisconsin and focusing on a life surrounded by food and friends (The Coincidence of Coconut Cake). I was so excited to have the opportunity to both read and listen to this story, I could hardly contain myself. And, fortunately for us both, I can say that BOTH versions kept me moving forward and engaged, wanting to know what was next, and imagining the scenes so aptly described that the scents nearly wafted through the house. The story is built around Sanna, a fifth-generation cider maker, and quite content in her rather solitary life of tending the orchard and the press, much to the dismay of her brother who would prefer it all be sold. The orchard is again functioning at a loss, and while the orchard and the business are Sanna’s refuge, away from people who may ask more of her than she is willing to share, it is a burden on their aging father Einar, and his health isn’t the best.
Enter Isaac and his son Bass: on a retreat from their home in California as Isaac wants to shelter Bass from his rather extreme and troubled mother and the fallout from her actions. While he’s intrigued with Wisconsin, this is simply a pit stop until Einar offers him a job, helping he and Sanna in the orchard and with the press. While their first introduction doesn’t go quite as smoothly as planned, surprisingly Sanna warms to Bass far sooner than Isaac. She’s got walls surrounding walls, and is near single-minded in her determination to keep the orchard alive, despite threats from vandals, her brother’s pushing to sell and her own self-doubts.
Throughout the story, even as some threads do meander to nowhere, the gradual connection between Isaac and Sanna, influenced by their friendship and her relationship with Bass the importance of family ties and histories comes to the fore: with good and bad secrets and issues revealed and worked through, Gently winding to a conclusion with atmosphere, emotion and a sense of honest appreciation of the life lived on the orchard allow readers to curl up as if with a warm blanket and warm cider (or an apple cider donut), enjoying every moment.
Narration is provided by Rachel Dulude and she brings Sanna to life clearly and simply – a brusque no-nonsense approach to her conversations that gradually softens in tone to show her own growth and comfort in the evolving story. Isaac and Bass also are clearly defined, as were the host of characters that appeared, never losing that sense of intention that the author wrote into the story, but never overworking an accent, affectation or emotion to the negative. Another wonderful story that demands you shut away the world and engage fully with it.
I received both an eArc copy of the title from Gallery Books via NetGalley as well as an AudioBook copy from Tantor audio, for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I think this was a case of "it's not you, it's me." I just was never able to really connect with this book, although there were things about it that I really loved. I just couldn't ever connect with the heroine, Sanna, and that made it almost impossible to care about any of the story. She's described as a prickly person, which normally I don't have an issue with, but even in her mental voice, she wasn't someone I would ever want to know. She's driven, and focused on her trees, and really does NOT connect with people...any of them. I just didn't like her much at all.
But it isn't all bad with this book. In fact, there is a lot of really good things about it, so let's talk about those...
*I loved the orchard. The visuals were amazing...loved the night with the lanterns under the big one.
*The cider is almost it's own character in this. I loved the descriptions of Sanna creating the cider blends and how she sees them in color including the art that results.
*The writing is very lyrical and readable. I love Amy E. Reichert's flowing voice. She has a way of writing that pulls the reader right into the text so you experience the scenes almost as if you were there.
*The setup with Bass and Isaac was interesting, although heartbreaking. That first shocking line about Isaac's secret had me gasping...and that story line/buildup/suspense lasted almost the entire book.
*I love Bass's name and the variations on it throughout the book.
While not wholly a positive review, I did enjoy the overall experience of reading this book. I also feel the need to visit an apple orchard.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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