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The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season

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Three generations of women come together at the family orchard to face secrets from the past and learn to believe in the power of hope and forgiveness.

In cherry season, anything is possible…

Everything Hope knows about the Orchard House is from the stories of her late mother. So when she arrives at the northern Michigan family estate late one night with a terrible secret an
Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Graydon House
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Hope Wright is desperate. She arrives at her aunt’s home in Northern Michigan late at night sporting a black eye with her 10-year old daughter Tink in tow, who has stopped talking. She’s never met Aunt Peg but is counting on her to let them stay with her for awhile, at least for the night. After a frosty reception, Peg agrees to let them stay but as long as they do, both have to help harvest the cherries from her orchard.

It’s clear Hope is hiding something and soon it’s just as clear that Peg i
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Hank had been able to throw around compliments and kindness like he had them coming out his ears. But Peg was always so stingy with hers, like she only had a tiny, meager supply to get her through life and she meant to take some with her to her grave.

Tink was glaring at her like she would start a fire in her hair, if she could.

She did not like this one bit. She liked all her emotions separate. Her anger with her anger. Her guilt with her guilt. Nothing touching.

It was like when y
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Awesome story and now I am terribly homesick!
This book had me addicted from the very first page I think. It’s written in such a beautiful manner that you just never want it to end.

Loaded with highs and lows scattered throughout, the story is told in such an emotional and touching manner, it feels like you are one of the family.

It’s a story of secrets, regrets, drama, and romance that pulls you in and twists you up. Fader has crafted a beautiful story ripe with Americana and t
Dale Harcombe
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hope Wright arrives with her daughter, Tink at her aunt’s orchard. She hopes this aunt will let her stay, at least until she can sort out another plan. Hope and Tink are on the run from Daniel. Having made their escape they cannot afford for him to find them. Taking in the black eye Hope sports, Aunt Peg agrees to let them stay provided they help with the cherry harvest. That suits Hope. Hope is not afraid of hard work. Her prime concern is their safety from Daniel, so she aims to keep a low pro ...more
In The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season, Hope was a woman who had a complicated history and, when events had spiraled out of control, had decided that she needed to find some place, any place, that would be safe so that she could catch her breath and plan her next move. I can’t even imagine the strain she felt driving to an unknown place to ask an unknown woman – an aunt she has no memories of – if she and her daughter could stay there.

Things were tense but also not for the reason you would thi
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved Molly Fader's last book!!

The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season was nothing short of her talent. Another set of characters that just leaves you heart melting.

Molly Fader explores a charming story about new beginnings, growth, and learning to forgive yourself for the past mistakes.

I loved the setting of this one and the homey feel with the growing of the cherry fields. This was definitely a feel good book with strong female characters and gives you that feeling of love and war
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a feel good, homey novel with strong female characters. I loved the character development and the setting. The family drama and the secrets revealed were relatable. This was a down to earth, feel good, warm fuzzies at the end type of read. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
Robin Loves Reading
Hope and her daughter Jenny (Tink) show up one day on Hope’s Aunt Peg’s doorstep. This is very difficult for her because she never met her aunt. Her mother died about a year ago and Hope is bouncing back from a very bad relationship and her and Tink have almost nothing or nowhere else to go. Arriving at Peg‘s Orchard House, where it is cherry season, the time is really good because Peg needs assistance. This in turn will help Hope and Tink in immeasurable ways.

Not only do we have Hope’s issues,
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book which made me feel all the emotions. 3 women each flawed with hidden secrets. One author who linked them lovingly in the bonds of a relationship but keeping friendship and respect at the core.

Hope and daughter Tink came to Peg's home in the middle of the night with a battered face and shattered soul. It was the middle of the cherry season. Able was the co-owner who provided the love interest.

My second book by the author, I found the writing so vivid and enchanting. The words use
The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season is a heartfelt story of family once thought lost to one another. Molly Fader is a new to me author and I will look forward to her next book!
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2020; Graydon House/Harlequin

I have been having a few tough days, and just couldn't read much. Nothing seemed to keep my attention, and even the audiobook I was listening to felt painful. On Monday, when I went to check my reading journal, I noticed I was supposed to do a review for The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season on Tuesday. I started this one early in the evening, so I figured I would not be finished in time for reviewing. The characters and story just hooked me in the beg
Nicola Short
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book with interesting characters. Family drama and deep rooted past secrets draw you in.
You learn lots of information about how a cherry harvest is accomplished which I found quite intriguing.
The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season is about three generations of women coming together after years apart. Getting to see how they overcome all that’s been thrown at them was beautiful. Heartbreaking and emotional at times with many heartwarming moments thrown in to keep you smiling.
The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader has Hope and her daughter, Tink arriving at The Orchard House in the middle of the night. They have nowhere else to go and danger could follow them to the farm. Peg is surprised to see Hope after so many years and especially in her condition. Hope and Tink need a place to stay which Peg is willing to provide. She can use their assistance with the cherry harvest. Peg has lived on the farm her whole life and she cannot imagine living anywhere el ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I feel like I read a different book than some of the other early reviews I've seen, because I just wasn't a fan of this one.

A woman fleeing from her past. Three generations of women facing family secrets in a small town. If you're going with a plot that has been done countless times before, you need to do it well. I don't think this was executed well at all. I thought all the family dynamics were okay - I spent the majority of the book thinking I'd give it three stars. But then the way it all ca
Genevieve Trono
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This charming and fast read found me at the perfect time. I loved everything about this three-generational group of women, as they rediscovered themselves and each other on their family cherry farm.

While there weren't a ton of unexpected twists, the family secrets were held until the very end, and my attention was pleasantly held throughout. The ending left me happy, satisfied and missing these fun characters already. If you're looking for a happy ending, this is a wonderful comfort read!

T. Rosado

This was a great women's fic novel with some mystery, suspense, and light romance. I enjoyed the story arc and found all of the characters and situations believable. For me, there was a slight resemblance to Katherine Center's, The Lost Husband. I think that's what kept me from rating it higher. TLH is one of my favorite Center books and I kept finding vague similarities where unfairly, this book couldn't compete. Definitely not the author's fault. The story was still compelling and enjoyable on
Tea Leaves and Reads
I was consumed by this book. It actually surprised me how much I was drawn to the characters, the setting and even the season. It's the first book that I've read by Molly Fader/Molly O'Keefe and it won't be the last. I was excited to read that she has over 50 published books however many of them are a different style to this and are more focused on romance. I would say that this book was domestic fiction. There was a healthy dose of family drama, relationships and secrets. Molly writes with grea ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Have you ever started reading a book and you immediately feel like you’re right inside the book?! I felt that way with this story from page one. Three generations of strong women coming together under one roof. This book was so good I didn’t want it to end! It was descriptive , could almost taste the cherries! Definitely recommend! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a well-paced, likeable story with some tension about dealing with loss, mistakes made and growth. It was a very enjoyable read but I knocked down a star since this story has been told by other writers. We all need an aunt Peg in our lives. Look forward to reading more from this author.
Katie Mac
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars. I'm a sucker for gentle books about family drama, and this one was no exception.

Molly Fader, who has written fifty (!) books, effectively conveys the trauma of Hope and Tink, who have escaped from an abusive sitation, and that of Peg, who has secrets of her own. I loved Fader's depiction of this small town; she conveyed the warmth and the distinct cast of characters without making it twee or cheesy.

It is
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hope is just looking for the safest place she can find for herself and her ten year old daughter, Tink. With a bruise on her face and a cut on her lip, she needs somewhere to hide and keep her daughter safe from their recent past. Peg is Hope's aunt, a relative she has never met. Peg runs a cherry orchard along with her business partner Abel and isn't into all that hospitality stuff. But she has a past with Hope, and having Hope there stirs up the past and all the pain with it. But neither can s ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I decided to buy this book when I saw that it was set in Michigan. Once I started, I realized that the book was so much more than the setting - it was a well written family story about three generations of women and the secrets that they kept. The story is told alternately by the three women and their secrets unfold gradually until the big secret near the end that threatens to destroy all that they've built.

Hope is on the run with her ten year old daughter, Tink. They have nowhere to hide until
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Brenda Novak’s book group has introduced me to an author who is not to be missed! Molly Fader wrote a book that is entertaining, engrossing and emotionally charged. The main characters are Hope, her daughter Tink, her aunt Peg, and Abel who owns the cherry orchard. When a physically damaged Hope shows up on the farm with her emotionally damaged daughter, Peg tries her best to stay distant. This book unravels the relationship between the two woman and the secrets that both of them are ...more
Cromaine Library
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story about the families we are born into and the ones we make for ourselves. This gentle read feels self-contained, taking place almost entirely on a cherry farm in northern Michigan. I generally enjoy books that take place in my home state, so if that's a draw for you, you'll probably like this one. The characters were endearing and Hope's struggle to start over after leaving an abusive relationship felt very real. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchan ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm in Northern Michigan so it was cool to read about towns I'm familiar with and picture the Orchard House.

Otherwise, it was a very good story with family relationships, abuse of many kinds... Peg's dad was abusive (made Peg tough and Denise flee) and many more forms of abuse.
Never preachy but therapy suggestion was appropriately portrayed.

Very nice characters in this book. The story very beautiful!! I'd love me some Abel or Hank!!
Janet Womack
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is 2:40am and I just finished The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season. I read the book in one sitting. It was so good I couldn't put it down without knowing how it ended. The book is filled with secrets, family drama, romance, domestic violence, love, and friendship. We are shown how our secrets and choices effect our lives and the lives of everyone we touch. You can't change the past. But, it's never too late rebuild a better future. I look forward to reading more books by Molly Fader. ...more
Katherine Hayward Pérez
The Bitter and sweet of Cherry Season had me hooked from the first word til the last. I adore plots about generations of families as I know there will be secrets hidden in there. And I was right.

Hope Orchard House from what her mother who recently passed away told her.
Life's circumstances lead her and her daughter Tink to the house and she's nervous as to the welcome she'll get.

Hope’s aunt, Peg, has lived in the now run- down Orchard House all her life.

The deal is that Hope and Tink can stay
Chic lit. Very touching. Excellent writing.
Marie Christensen
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in my beautiful state of Michigan,the author even mentions my birth city Flint. This was my first book by Molly & I’ll be reading more book by her
Lorraine Robins
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was much better than I expected it to be. Three generations of women who have to put the past behind them and learn to embrace life. Very nice, uplifting book. 4 1/2 stars.
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Molly Fader is the author of The McAvoy Sister’s Book Of Secrets. As Molly O’Keefe she is the USA Today Bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances. She lives in Toronto Ontario with her husband, two kids and rescue dog.

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