Monday, July 11, 2016

A Second Harvest by Eli Easton

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 Stars.

Eli Easton is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style to be slower paced, but it fit the theme/plot of the book.

Our narrators are David, a 40-something Mennonite father of two, and Christie, a thirty-year-old party boy from NYC. Definitely a cultural and generational clash, which made for an interesting read.

A near tragedy is the catalyst for Christie to change his life and move into the home his aunt left him when she passed, a home that is next door to David's farm. I won't go into the specifics, but if you're leery of an overtly religious book, no fear. Religion is only a conflict to push the plot forward, as it felt as if David was non-practicing.

Opposites attract in a slow-burn romance, with an inferno of sexual chemistry, where the reader truly gets to know the characters, but at the expense of the pacing. A few times, I found my mind drifting as I was reading, but I enjoyed the characters and the story enough to continue. There was an event near the end of the book that truly didn't fit the overall 'feel' of the story, but it wasn't a major focus, so I didn't dwell on it.

Recommended to fans of MM romance, particularly those who enjoy the added conflict of religion.

Sweet and steamy romances with lots of humor. Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author. As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1) by Eli Easton to read and review.

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