Thursday, August 24, 2017

Is Cider Really All That Simple?

Today I am going to present another new to me author, for the first time on Writer’s Corner. Amy E. Reichert will be visiting with her book The Simplicity of Cider. She is known for writing foodie fiction. I have not read much in this genre. Who does not love a story centered around food?


Isaac is taking his son on a road trip where he has to figure out how to tell his son his mother has died. They have driven across country and wind up at the Lund’s apple orchard. Einars Lund is getting on with age and cannot handle the day to day running of the orchard. He also has a secret that has been kept from his daughter Sanna. This secret has changed her life in more ways than one. Sanna refers to her mother as the donor because she has no relationship with her. It is awfully lonely at the Orchard, until Isaac and his son show up to help. Her work with apple cider is very fulfilling! If they only had a buyer for all that merchandise? When an offer is made to sell the orchard will Sanna agree or hold onto both the bitterness and her past?

My Thoughts:

I liked the story of The Simplicity of Cider. As I mentioned above I have not read much in the foody fiction genre. For some reason I always connected Amy E. Reichert with her stories being nonfiction. I thought she did a great job of developing complex characters that drive the readers through the story. Readers are compelled to turn each page to find out how it will end. I loved the theme of the story. Some secrets will come back to haunt you or can impact others in various ways. Both Sanna and son are harmed by what their fathers are not telling them about their mothers. The fathers need to free their children to react instead of trying to control it.

For me the pacing slowed in a few places which kept me from enjoying it more. I hope to read more from Amy E. Reichert in the future.



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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Have You Heard of The Alice Network?

Thank you to Harper Collins for a copy of The Alice Network. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation for this review.

When I first picked up a copy of this book the title interested me. What is the Alice Network? Then when I learned that it was a spy ring during World War I, I became intrigued. Could a spy ring that was made up of women succeed at all?


Charlie has a problem her mother brought her to Europe to take care of it. Charlie has another agenda to find her cousin Rose. Her family has already investigated, but was unable to find anything. Charlie has a name of someone who can help. Eve Gardiner worked in the government of Great Britain during both World Wars. Eve had a very specific job that coincides with Charlie’s search. Once Eve is compelled to help, Charlie and Finn (Eve’s employee) leave for France. Eve might obtain closure after all these years with what happened during World War I. Will Eve find out the truth about what happened to The Alice Network? Will Charlie be able to find her cousin?

My Thoughts:

I loved this story! It was easy to read. Kate Quinn creates characters that you care about, and want to know more. You want to see them succeed. I loved Eve’s story surrounding the Alice Network. I love reading war stories that I can connect with as a reader. Charlie’s story did not interest me as much. The book is a little long but worth your time. There is information included about the actual people of The Alice Network during World War I, included in the back of the book.



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