A Second Harvest (Vallie’s Review)

Second Harvest
Title: A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 1st 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 206 pages
Reviewed by: Vallie
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 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.

What a sweet sweet book. I had a really good time reading it and it’s one of the really good ones by Eli Easton.

This book felt like home and comfort. Christie (did not warm up to that name at all by the way) has had a major wake-up call from his promiscuous, thrill-seeking life in the city and decides to take the time to sort out a house he inherited recently. The neighbour is David, 41 year-old farmer extraordinaire, a widower with grown up kids, and for all intents and purposes straight. Christie and David develop a friendship and have a dinner arrangement. Christie cooks meals from all different kinds of cuisines and David contributes to the groceries.

You want to talk about slow-burn? You want to talk about sexual tension? Even when things start rolling, there are long pauses in between because David needs to process what’s happening and Christie is decent enough to let him. David is part of a community where the pastor comes to your house to check why you haven’t been to church and not so subtly pester you to remarry. So David is dealing with all of that along with his slowly releasing sexual frustration for the first time.

The sex scenes were off the charts hot. And I mean scorching hot. They are written in a way that conveys the desperation, the wanting, and all the emotional undertones peeking out. I absolutely loved reading about Christie and David getting closer together. The pace was absolute perfection and it culminated to a finale deserving of the build-up.

My favourite thing though, as with books that are centered around the joys of the simple life, is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, taking a minute to appreciate all that is good and beautiful in the world. Christie is doing just that and I felt like I took a break from my life along with him to experience all those things. It was refreshing and after finishing the book, I felt rested and rejuvenated –a truly wonderful reading experience.

The epilogue went in the direction I was really really really hoping it would and I am so very satisfied with that. David and Christie deserved all the happiness and they got it in spades. There were some things that might have seemed a bit too conveniently resolved, as the epilogue is set 1 year after the last chapter, but I was so happy at that point, I didn’t care.

Highly recommend.

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Galley copy of A Second Harvest provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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