Title: A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)
Author: Eli Easton and Will Tulin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 7th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 thirty, 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 on to 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.
A nice, gently paced, passionate, not too angsty romance.
- I’m trying not to spoiler anything, but this does include a scene of drug overdose and one of brutal physical assault.
I really appreciated and enjoyed Will Tulin’s narration for this story. While Tulin isn’t the best narrator I’ve ever heard, and his character voices were sometimes really similar, overall his calm narration and even pacing were just what I needed during a period when my life has been hugely stressful.
His voice, tone, and pace soothed me. I found myself relaxing as I listened and therefore able to focus intently on the story.
I definitely enjoyed the characters and the setting. David and Christie’s relationship development is a delight to experience. I loved how everything progressed, and the way they went from neighbors, to friends, to lovers.
My only real complaint is that the epilogue time jump of “one year later” felt like it came up really quickly and skipped forward so much, particularly after a very charged scene. Though I did really like the way it all played out, I do wish we’d gotten more than a glimpse in retrospect to how that particular situation played out.
Bottom line: This has likable characters, a sweet romance, easy to listen to narration, with some nice heat rounding it all out.
I can always count on Eli Easton for a good story and I’ll definitely be keeping an ear out for more by Will Tulin.