A Second Harvest by Eli Easton was an amazing second chance novel. It combines many of my favorite things into one delicious story and begins what I hope is a long-running series, Men of Lancaster County.
I loved, loved, loved how distinctive David and Christie’s voices were. Usually when you read third person alternating, you resign yourself to the fact that, while you’re getting both MCs’ thoughts and feelings, they are going to sound very similar. Not in this book.
Beautifully written, I was captivated from the very first page. David’s despair and Christie’s sweetness wrapped around my heart. I ached for them, laughed with them, and cheered when they finally acknowledged that their feelings went deeper than friendship.
I adore when characters show their affection for one another by taking care of each other, and feeding them is one of my favorite ways. It’s a basic life necessity but can carry so much meaning.
There’s this glorious slow burn throughout the book that builds and builds until it spills over into heated exchanges that take your breath away. Absolutely spectacular. The deep and honest emotions between David and Christie gave me goosebumps.
The whole time I was reading this book I was think to myself how it was easily 5 stars worthy but then I got to the end. It wasn’t that the ending was bad, but it was too abrupt. I honestly felt like I was missing the last chapter and skipped right to the epilogue.
Over all, A Second Harvest is a gorgeous story of two men finding love in unexpected places and realizing that it’s never too late to start over. Cannot recommend enough.
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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.