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Book Review: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season

Today I'm sharing a new book that belongs on your summer reading list. The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader is a wonderful women's fiction novel about family and second chances. Thank you to #partner Harlequin/Graydon House Books for providing a free ebook copy of this book on NetGalley!

book cover of the bitter and sweet of cherry season by molly fader

Synopsis from the publisher

For fans of Robyn Carr, commercial women's fiction about three generations of women who 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 her late-mother's stories. So when she arrives at the Northern Michigan family estate late one night with a terrible secret and her ten-year-old daughter in tow, she's not sure if she'll be welcomed or turned away with a shotgun by the aunt she has never met. Hope's aunt, Peg, has lived in the Orchard House all her life, though the property has seen better days. She agrees to take Hope in if, in exchange, Hope helps with the cherry harvest—not exactly Hope's specialty, but she's out of options. As Hope works the orchard alongside her aunt, daughter, and a kind man she finds increasingly difficult to ignore, a new life begins to blossom. But the mistakes of the past are never far behind, and soon the women will find themselves fighting harder than ever for their family roots and for each other.

My thoughts on The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season

This was a cozy, summery read that was not lacking in depth or tough issues. I really enjoyed the main three characters, particularly Hope's daughter, as well as the characters around town.

What you can expect:

  • a family brimming with secrets

  • small-town life (and drama)

  • allusions to domestic violence and addiction

  • women overcoming challenges and learning to forgive themselves

  • the urge to move to a farm or an orchard

  • an intense craving for cherries

Overall, the story is somewhat predictable. But it's a comforting contemporary fiction with a sprinkle of romance that makes a perfect beach read. Or a lazy outdoor read in your garden, or among the trees in your gorgeous fruit orchard.

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season is out on June 9, 2020! Pick up your copy from one of these sources:




Barnes & Noble







Harlequin has an awesome summer reads lineup this year, so be sure to check out their other new releases!

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