I've never actually been to Wisconsin, having grown up in the southeast, but after reading The Simplicity of Cider, by Amy E. Reichert, now I kind of want to go.
The novel is about Sanna, a woman who lives and works with her father on their family's orchard in Door County, Wisconsin, until her orderly, predictable life is turned upside down by the arrival of a single father and his son. Familial relationships, addiction, love, loss, treachery apples - all are topics covered in the book.
The characters are all well developed, and the various multiple plot lines are woven together very well - as a writer myself, I'm super-impressed with that. I read the book quickly because I was eager to find out how everything turned out.
Overall, I'd give The Simplicity of Cider 4/5 stars. The only reason I'm withholding the last star is because it's just a little too description-heavy for my tastes. I personally prefer more dialogue and character interaction and fewer wordy descriptions. However, it didn't detract from the book too much - it's just my personal reading preference.
The best part? YOU might get a free copy of the book! I've partnered with Gallery Books, who offered me an ARC to review in exchange for my opinion, to give one lucky winner a copy of The Simplicity of Cider! To win, all you need to do is:
You must complete both steps to be eligible to win. You have until midnight tonight, May 16, and I'll choose a winner at random to be announced on Thursday morning.
I'm so excited because I LOVE getting to do giveaways, and I know some of you will just adore this book. Don't forget to enter, and may the odds be ever in your favor!