I’m a huge believer that things happen for a reason. Call it fate or call it serendipity, I’ve stumbled upon some of my greatest reads because of people I’ve met or just really great timing in a bookshop. When I realized this past week that Book of the Month was only a week away – I panicked. So busy making sure I read all of my Books in my Beach bag books, I hadn’t thought this far ahead at all.
And then something magical happened. A best friend came to visit for an afternoon in the sun and brought along a book her husband had bought her (shout out to the hubby for excellent taste). She had just finished it and thought I would love it. Sharing is caring, right?
At first glance I read the description and took away two things: set in a Wisconsin cherry orchard and during WW2. I then wondered why she would even recommend this book to me, as historically set books and war time themes aren’t usually my thing.
Boy, was I wrong.
The book is the Cherry Harvest written by the wonderful Lucy Sanna.
Not long into the first few chapters and I was simultaneously texting B about how perfect this book was for me. From the many mermaid references to so many Gatsby references – I was in heaven.
The story follows a family during WW2 who own a beautiful cherry orchard in Wisconsin, but are feeling the effects of the war with limited help to tend to the orchard. When the family presents the town council with the idea of hiring German war prisoners to be put to work – the Christiansen family’s life changes in a way they’d never imagined.
From the orchard owners Thomas and Charlotte Christiansen’s own love story, to that of their eighteen year old Kate’s and lastly their son Ben at war and his wife-to-be back home, Josie (also best friend to Kate) – the characters in this book will enchant you and haunt you long after it’s done. Throw in a storyline with hints of Gatsby and Wuthering Heights all rolled into one – I’ll feel the butterflies from this book for a long time to come.
I’m so happy this book found its way to me – I hope it now finds its way to you too!
Have you read The Cherry Harvest? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below! And make sure to come back on Saturday, August 29th for my LAST Books in my Beach Bag post of the summer. I read it this past week and I can’t stop thinking about it!