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: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ 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 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.
Another fabulous story from one of my favourite authors! Right from the start I was saying ‘5 stars’ and kept repeating it to myself as I listened to this very moving story. Eli Easton’s powerful and emotional writing had me in tears within the first few minutes and later in a heart-wrenching scene towards the end of the story. My heart went out to poor David as the loneliness he suffered throughout his marriage and after his wife died was revealed. The prospect of another thirty or more years living alone was just awful.
I particularly liked the two main characters—David and Christie—and how their personalities developed over the course of the story. They were two lovely guys who slowly went from friends to lovers, and that is the main focus of the story. It’s mostly about them and their relationship, and the plot is not sidetracked by a multitude of other characters who don’t hold any relevance. Yes, there are other characters and a backdrop of a strict religious community, but they’re all significant and impact on David and Christie’s story. The foreshadowing of church and family members discovering that David is gay and in a relationship with a man is very well done. The angst builds subtly as the reader anticipates the future fall out.
There’s an eleven-year age gap between the point of view characters and at first they seem like opposites. David is shy, kind-hearted, and unassuming with a secret hidden from everyone. Christie is confident and bold, and I adored how patient and encouraging he was with David. I revelled in the happiness they found together when they shared wonderful meals and activities, and the sizzling UST that crackled between them. Their eventual love-making scenes were beautifully written. I loved this slow-build coming out story with its second chance at happiness for David.
This is the first time I’ve listened to a story narrated by Will Tulin. His voice matched David’s character and the rural setting of Pennsylvania, and at the same time was perfect for Christie too. Will’s narration was clear, maintaining a steady pace with plenty of emotion and passion when needed. Lovely.