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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,321 ratings  ·  633 reviews
Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie.

Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire:
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Gallery Books
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The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert is a 2017 Gallery books publication.

‘Happiness is always worth remembering, even if it’s temporary”

Sanna Lund loves her quiet, simple life, working on her family’s apple orchard. It’s the only life she has ever known, and she has no desire to give it up to see what else might be out there, like her brother, Anders. But, her father is getting older and is unable to do as much, and the orchard is not making a profit. Not only that, someone wants to buy t
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This is an engaging audiobook about one of my favorite places, Door County Wisconsin. The novel is about an IT expert who loses his wife and has a 10 year old son, he puts off telling him about the death of his mother (she had been institutionalized for drug addiction). His plan is for a long summer of travel ultimately landing in Door County. The story of the beautiful apple orchard and the father and daughter who lived there and tended it is great and the characters interesting. As I have visi ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Escape to Door County, WI this summer for a delightful, light-hearted romance with a little touch of magical realism. The setting is Idun's Apple Orchard, owned by the same family since 1870. Currently it is being operated by 70-year-old Einars Lund and his daughter, Sanna, who is determined to craft a line of delicious hard ciders. Sanna sees flavors as colors and loves experimenting to get the right 'shade.' Dad has gone way into debt buying new equipment for the processing but so far it hasn' ...more
Reading this book will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.The beautiful smells if the orchard, the colors, the tastes, even the roughness of the bark. It is like going on vacation without leaving the pages. You get that happy after glow just from the words. Pick up a nice glass of cider curl up under a beautiful tree and enjoy this beautiful book. This author has such a talent for spreading simple joy with her words.
The story is about family, one family with a strong history to the land and
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Awesome story!!! 4.5 Stars!

The author really took this new book to new heights. The Simplicity of Cider is extremely well written. Her characters are interesting and unique and she captured them perfectly.

You can just feel the uncomfortableness in Sanna. The strain of family, finances, and not knowing anything about feelings, let alone how to deal with the newcomer, Isaac and his son.

Set in a beautiful countryside, the descriptions and details in this book suck you in and make you feel like you
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.

"Happiness is always worth remembering,
even when it was temporary,"

Sanna is used to a solitary life, living with her Pa at the orchard, rarely venturing into town and she likes it like that. But all that chan
✨ A ✨
This book was just so good, I cannot express how much I loved it.
Amy Reichert is such a good writer and I adore her books.

Sanna and Isaac's story is one that I'd recommend anyone to read.

I found it really hilarious how determined Sanna was not to fall for Isaac.

Aaaah it was so great, that's all I can say. I felt like hugging this when I got to the last page.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romance readers, contemporary readers, Cider fans!
"As she sipped each one, an unmistakable color came to mind-different for each juice-and she finally understood the watercolor apple portraits above the fireplace".
― Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider

3.5 stars.

Who doesn't love Cider? And that is what this book is all about!

I enjoyed this sweet story about a young woman struggling to keep her family's cider farm in business while falling in love with the new guy in town who lends a helping hand.

This isn't my usual sort of book but there is
Vanessa S.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, 2017-reads
This was my first Amy E. Reichert novel, and I am already looking forward to reading her others. Everything about this story just oozes charm: Door County, Idun's Orchard, the Looms, the town locals, the home-cooked meals, and the list goes on.

I liked most of the characters, and even though the main characters are flawed and unlikable at times, they are good people deep down, and Reichert really showcased how normal and human they are. I really enjoyed reading the banter and conversations betwe
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like her previous books--THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE and LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE--Amy E. Reichert has masterfully mixed food (in this case, cider making) with complex characters and a great love story. Sweet, heartfelt and with a touch of magic, this novel was a delight to read. I loved it! ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a light easy love story - pick this one up. I fell in love with this family!
Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sanna had always appreciated the sanctuary of the orchard, and this revelation bonded Sanna like another root digging into the soil, finding nourishment. She’d never leave.

An apple orchard has been in Sanna Lund’s family for five generations. Much like the apple trees, she is rooted, nourished by the family land. There is a magic in her blood and there is no way she can give up and let her brother force her father’s hand in selling it. Time is
Holly's Little Book Reviews
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I needed. It was such a heartwarming story filled with hope and a wonderful cast of characters. Each character was struggling with something that readers can relate to (in one way or another), and I found myself rooting for them throughout the entire book. The setting (Door County, WI) was absolutely perfect and added to the story's charm.

I cannot recommend The Simplicity of Cider (or really all of Amy Reichert's novels) enough! If you're looking for the perfect read
Sherri Thacker
What a wonderful story this was!! I loved the whole story line this book brought to the surface. And I love the author's writing style too! I had no idea so much work went into APPLES!! I loved this book and I have The Coincidence of Coconut Cake to read in my pile soon!
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A sweet story with a touch of magical realism but the main character is very prickly.

Sanna loves to spend her afternoons in the barn quietly crafting apple ciders with her unique gift. Her whole life is the orchard with its heirloom trees and rustic charm. Sanna's father, Einar, helps her oversee the orchard. Things change when Isaac and his ten year old son, Sebastian, arrive on the farm. Her father hires them to help around the farm, though Sanna doesn't know why he hi
Kim Noggle
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story that brought a smile to my face, joy and sadness to my heart at times, and even tears. Truly a great story, don’t miss reading it.
Sheyla ✎
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance

"Happiness is always worth remembering, even when it was temporary."

The Simplicity of Cider is a story about family, loss, and love.

Sanna Lund lives in an apple orchard with her aging father Einar. The land has been part of their family for multiple generations. Sanna's family has been part of the cider business. To Sanna, nothing is more important than the apple orchard. She can't see herself going anywhere else and she doesn't want to. Her brother is another story. He's ready to sell.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the way in which the author allowed this tale to unfold. Each of the characters we encounter experience growth and it made spending the apple season with them heartfelt. This tale takes us to rural Wisconsin and will soon have you hankering for apple cider and warm apple pie.

Isaac and his son Sebastian (Bass) are spending a carefree summer traveling. Isaac wants to shelter Bass and give him one more idyllic summer, before sharing news about the young boy's troubled mother. Their journey
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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I have to start by giving credit to that cover, it’s gorgeous and something about it speaks to my soul! I also just realized how much I’m adoring books from the imprint of Gallery Books, they publish strong, fresh, unique novels and I’ve especially loved their women’s fiction. If you haven’t checked them out yet I can highly recommend this book and I haven’t read any books by them that I haven’t really enjoyed.

This was my first Reichert book,
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

1. You love books with Magical Realism like those of Sarah Addison Allen, Ellen Herrick, Alice Hoffman and Moïra Fowley-Doyle.

2. You don’t mind slightly prickly main characters who develop as the story progresses. Sanna definitely takes a little getting used to she is very rough around the edges and standoffish at the beginning of the novel but we quickly see her character development and evolution as she gets to know Isaac and Sebastian.

3. You are a f
Becca Noggle
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
High 4 star rating, enjoyed the book more and more as it went on. Makes me want to go to an apple orchard, drink cider and dance in front of lighted up apple trees!
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I picked this one up because of the apple orchard setting. I have a soft spot for them, and I find cider making fascinating, so The Simplicity of Cider had a lot going for it. After all, the heroine's family own an orchard and she's a cider maker. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations. I started out enjoying it, but ended up feeling disappointed. I just found myself not caring about any of the characters (except the hero's kid). Instead, I found myself feeling more or less annoyed or bore ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I wasn't 100% sure about this synopsis, but I really enjoyed Coconut Cake, so I was intrigued.

I liked Sanna and Isaac. They're both good people and each has something they're dealing with. She makes him focused and he makes her relaxed. The few scenes with them together were sweet with filled with tension.

Plot wise, it was a bit slow. There were a lot of aspects being dealt with and while they were all needed as part of the story, it made everything happen at a snail's pace. I wanted
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars. Sweet, romantic novel set in Wisconsin apple country, about a California man and his young son who set out on a summer road trip to escape a sad event back home, and who discover a new life at a rustic apple orchard, after meeting the owner and his quirky, cider-making daughter. A charming, easy read, a step above a romance novel.
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first introduction to Amy Reichert was The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. My copy was such an early proof that the spine was taped together. I loved that book. It made me laugh out loud, there were so many funny moments. Then I received The Simplicity of Cider. I think Reichert's writing is even better in this book. What a great love story. Sanna and her father live on their apple orchard that has been handed down generation after generation. They are financially struggling and you can feel tha ...more
Sep 07, 2016 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-edelweiss
DNF @ 20%

I adore Magical Realism and I adored Reichert’s debut The Coincidence of Coconut Cake but this one just didn’t do it for me. I’ve had a rollercoaster of a reading year and being very much a mood reader it seemed like every time I picked this one up, it never felt like the right time. Alas, I’m making this my last attempt (my fifth attempt, for the record) and calling it quits. This book possessed a lovely, heartwarming feel to it as you learn about the orchard and see all these special
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a really hard time adjusting to the prickliness of the main character of this book, Sanna. She wore anger like her favorite outfit. She was not approachable, and believe me, no one wanted to. That is until Isaac and his son, Bass show up at her family's orchard.

Thankfully Sanna starts to soften and seems to become human again. And lo and behold, she can be and is a nice person. I have no idea how Isaac saw this at the beginning when he met her, but he was stricken with her. SMH.

This was a
Donna Hines
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adorable, charming, loving, and full of character and pazazz.
Amy really does a great job with one of the main characters Sanna Lund. She is independent, disciplined, and perfectionist. She is someone who many readers can relate too on many levels.
Her relationship with others is often snippy and moody at best. She is genuinely kind but some people can easily rub her the wrong way.
The family's farm is in jeopardy and Sanna does what she can to keep it working to the detriment of herself and her
Melissa Marino
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure to read the ARC of the newest (and I think also my new favorite!) novel from Amy Reichert. THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER was such a delightful read, a novel centered around a family-owned apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin, with Reichert's signature style. The characters are complex, but relatable. The setting? You are transported and submerged entirely. (Literally want to plan a trip to Door County after reading!) And the woven tale of family dynamics and loyalty is front and ...more
A beautiful read- in so many ways. The kind of book you want to hug after you've read the very last word...and whisper "thank you".

A nicely-written heartwarmer, a book club shoe-in, a slightly magical-realist feast.

**Good for young adults and adults**

I won a copy of this lovely book in a goodreads giveaway.

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Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for- ...more

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“Sanna measured the apple juice into a large glass beaker and added it to the carboy, swirling a cheery red- like Santa's suit. She wrote down the amount in her notebook and did the same with the next juice, this one a bold sapphire blue, which mixed with the red into a vivid purple. When it came to cider, colors and flavors blended together for her. She knew she had the right blend when it matched the color she had envisioned. It wasn't scientific- and it didn't happen with anything else Sanna tasted- but here, with her beloved trees, it worked. She carefully tracked the blends in her journal. The sun streamed through the window, lighting up the colors in the carboy like Christmas lights. She was close- one more juice should do it. She closed her eyes, calling to mind all the juices in the barn's cooler and their corresponding colors.
Every juice she tasted from their apples had a slightly different hue, differing among individual varieties, but even varying slightly from tree to tree. When she was twenty-four, she had stood at the tall kitchen counter tasting freshly pressed juices she had made for the first time with the press she had unearthed from the old barn. Her plan had originally been to sell them in the farm stand, but she wanted to pick the best. As she sipped each one, an unmistakable color came to mind- different for each juice- and she finally understood the watercolor apple portraits above the fireplace. They were proof she wasn't the only family member who could see the colors. After she explained it to her dad, he smiled.
"I thought you might have the gift."
"You knew about this?"
"It's family legend. My dad said Grandpa could taste colors in the apples, but no one in my lifetime has been able to, so I thought it might be myth. When you returned home after college- the way you were drawn to Idun's- I thought you might have it." He had put his hands on the side of her face. "This means something good, Sanna."
"Why didn't you say anything? Why didn't I know before?"
"Would you have believed me?"
"I've had apple juice from the Rundstroms a thousand times. Why can't I see that with theirs?"
"I think it has something to do with apples from our land. We're connected to it, and it to us."
Sanna had always appreciated the sanctuary of the orchard, and this revelation bonded Sanna like another root digging into the soil, finding nourishment. She'd never leave.
After a few years of making and selling apple juice, Sanna strolled through the Looms wondering how these older trees still produced apples, even though they couldn't sell them. They didn't make for good eating or baking- Einars called them spitters. Over the years, the family had stopped paying attention to the sprawling trees since no one would buy their fruit- customers only wanted attractive, sweet produce. Other than the art above the mantel, they had lost track of what varieties they had, but with a bit of research and a lot of comparing and contrasting to the watercolors and online photos, Sanna discovered they had a treasure trove of cider-making apples- Kingston Black, Ashton Bitter, Medaille d'Or, Foxwhelp, her favorite Rambo tree, and so many more. The first Lunds had brought these trees to make cider, but had to stop during Prohibition, packing away the equipment in the back of their barn for Sanna to find so many years later.
She spent years experimenting with small batches, understanding the colors, using their existing press and carboys to ferment. Then, last year, Einars surprised her with plans to rebuild the barn, complete with huge fermentation tanks and modern mills and presses. Sanna could use her talent and passion to help move their orchard into a new phase... or so they had hoped.”
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