A Second Harvest

  • by Eli Easton
  • Narrated by Will Tulin
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.
Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now 30, he figures it's time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to rest, recoup, and reflect.
But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie's creativity latches onto cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.
Christie challenges the boundaries of David's closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

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Really touching older MC story, ok narration

David is a Mennonite (a conservative Christian religion) farmer in rural Pennsylvania who has recently lost his wife of almost 2 decades to cancer. He has 2 grown children in college and a farm to run. He’s lonely. He’s lonely and worried about how he’s going to convince himself that life is worth living.

Christie is an again party-boy in Manhattan. When he nearly loses his BFF to an overdose he decides to take a good hard look at his life and re-evaluate things. When his aunt leaves him a house in rural Pennsylvania in her will, he decides to live there for 6 months to clear his head while he clears out the house.

On the surface, David and Christie are as opposite as you can imagine. But something in the two of them are attracted to one another like magnets.

Once Christie begins the cooking/sharing meal process, the two find any excuse to spend time together. The only thing that keeps this from being a “relationship” is David’s denial, and Christie’s belief that David doesn’t see him that way.

When David’s will finally collapses and allows Christie in – the passion is beautiful – but can it last?

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As you know Eli is one of my “Hall of Fame Writers”. If she writes it I will automatically buy it and I’m NEVER disappointed. Sure, some I like more than others, but she ALWAYS delivers a love story that warms your heart. Every. Time.

This story is particularly satisfying. It’s longer than some of her other stories and as such we are given more time with our characters and that makes the bonding more special.

Because this is a very, very, slow burn – most of the story is the two becoming friends. It felt very authentic and plausible. When David finally does give in to his passions, it makes sense, and the readers understand just why he’s able to do so.

Christie is authentic and proud and “FIERCE” all the way through the story. His character stays true to form from start to finish and I really appreciated his lack of wavering.

The other thing I really appreciated was Eli’s consistency with David’s children. They too didn’t waver and behaved as I think they would have/could have in this situation.

I thought the level of steam was appropriate for the story – enough to entice but not so much as to over take the storyline. I don’t think anyone with religious issues (either fears or passions) will be upset by this – she handles the religious aspect with a delicate hand.

My only niggling complaint with the story is the ending. We got a very long and drawn out courtship, and then the ending was POW right there and the story was over. This is one of the issues I’ve had with a few of the author’s stories. I feel like giving us a bit more – especially given that Epilogue!!! – would have felt more balanced. I do appreciate the epilogue but I would have wanted to see a bit more of what decisions drew the couple to that ending.

In any case, it’s a truly wonderful story that kept me reading into late in the night and I couldn’t put it down.

Highly Recommended!


Audio

Will Tulin is a new to me narrator. He does a fine job with this, he’s easy to listen to and definitely has a great grasp of timing and emotion. He doesn’t do much with accents or making the characters unique, which was a little disappointing given the potential, but this is a good way to experience this story regardless. Each character was easy to distinguish as they were speaking and the females were voiced well, too.

Recommended

4.5 of 5 stars overall
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- Morgan A Skye

4.5 stars- A beautiful love story

A Second Harvest is the second book of Miss Easton’s I’ve read, and once again her storytelling ability impressed me. The characters have a richness and depth that is hard to top and the plotlines are so different from what I expect. After reading this book, I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author and work through her back catalog.

My favorite aspect of this romance is that the author kept it pretty simple. Of course there are contingent circumstances that slow the characters pursuing a relationship, but there aren’t farfetched details or plot twists that muddle a beautiful love story. This minimalist approach carries over to the tone and pace of the book, which I’d describe as steady. The writing and dialogue flows smoothly, with some details but not overly flowery language. The details are saved for the characters themselves. Christy and David’s personalities and history are very well-flushed out before they even meet, which allows the reader to connect with each character individually. This also makes the natural chemistry between the two men stand out more, you see what their connection does for one another. Even when they first meet and become friends, the exchanges are often like little pockets of sunshine which left me smiling and hoping that things would work.

The complexities in A Second Harvest are mostly reserved for the emotions that slowly take hold between Christie and David. David’s feelings are especially complicated as he struggles to come to terms with decades of being in the closet, religious teachings, and concerns about what coming out will mean for his farm and family. I really liked seeing Christie and David both process those concerns in different ways, staying true to themselves, but also wanting to pursue the happiness they found together. I also liked how the relationship slowly unfurls, both emotionally and physically. The speed fits with David’s character and the setting, providing time to build a connection and tension. The conflicts that arise also are very honest. There isn’t a magical balm to make the Mennonite community accepting. While this means seeing anger and ugliness play out on page, it also highlights the strength of the characters and their bond.

This is the first time I’ve listened to a book narrated by Mr. Tulin. He does a fantastic job giving life to these characters, using different tones and voices for Christie and David. While it is easy to distinguish which character was narrating/talking, it isn’t overly dramatized and fits with the simplistic style of the book. I certainly recommend the audio format for fans of audiobooks. However, even if you aren’t looking for an audiobook, the story itself is beautiful and definitely worth the read in any format.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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- A T

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2017
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC