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    4.5 stars- A beautiful love story

    A Second Harvest is the second book of Miss Easton’s I’ve read, and once again her storytelling ability impressed me. The characters have a richness and depth that is hard to top and the plotlines are so different from what I expect. After reading this book, I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author and work through her back catalog. My favorite aspect of this romance is that the author kept it pretty simple. Of course there are contingent circumstances that slow the characters pursuing a relationship, but there aren’t farfetched details or plot twists that muddle a beautiful love story. This minimalist approach carries over to the tone and pace of the book, which I’d describe as steady. The writing and dialogue flows smoothly, with some details but not overly flowery language. The details are saved for the characters themselves. Christy and David’s personalities and history are very well-flushed out before they even meet, which allows the reader to connect with each character individually. This also makes the natural chemistry between the two men stand out more, you see what their connection does for one another. Even when they first meet and become friends, the exchanges are often like little pockets of sunshine which left me smiling and hoping that things would work. The complexities in A Second Harvest are mostly reserved for the emotions that slowly take hold between Christie and David. David’s feelings are especially complicated as he struggles to come to terms with decades of being in the closet, religious teachings, and concerns about what coming out will mean for his farm and family. I really liked seeing Christie and David both process those concerns in different ways, staying true to themselves, but also wanting to pursue the happiness they found together. I also liked how the relationship slowly unfurls, both emotionally and physically. The speed fits with David’s character and the setting, providing time to build a connection and tension. The conflicts that arise also are very honest. There isn’t a magical balm to make the Mennonite community accepting. While this means seeing anger and ugliness play out on page, it also highlights the strength of the characters and their bond. This is the first time I’ve listened to a book narrated by Mr. Tulin. He does a fantastic job giving life to these characters, using different tones and voices for Christie and David. While it is easy to distinguish which character was narrating/talking, it isn’t overly dramatized and fits with the simplistic style of the book. I certainly recommend the audio format for fans of audiobooks. However, even if you aren’t looking for an audiobook, the story itself is beautiful and definitely worth the read in any format. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
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    It's never to late to start over

    This book is absolutely lovely. I love the development of Christie and David's relationship. It's slow and sweet and tender. It really baffles me that there are still communities out there that can quote the Bible to argue their point, because I really can't take them seriously. Sometimes when Joe spoke I thought that he had to be joking. It's just. 2017, you know? Religious comments against homosexuality make me facepalm so hard. David's breakdown satisfied something in me. I'm glad that he found his way out. That he found love and love helped him find self-respect.

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