I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A Second Harvest by Eli Easton
Series: Men of Lancaster County, Book One
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Pages: 206 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Dreamspinner • Amazon • ARe
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.
A nice and sweet slow burn from Eli Easton. Two guys who have a second chance at love, and friendship comes first. I really enjoyed this book. I love the strong religion aspect we got in the story. While religion isn’t the focal point for both characters, it’s influence is in the book strongly. The age-gap trope is one of my favorites as well. I appreciate the individuality that both guys have. I think Easton did a great job by showing these two guys who have the the outward differences were able to find a friendship over something as basic as food & travel. I personally believe in the magic of being friends to lovers. It’s magical in the sense that this person is your friend first, and then you gradually notice that you love them and being together is a happiness in itself.
David was raised as a Mennonite. He’s had his entire life planned out. From what they expect of him as a child and as an adult. He married the woman who they wanted to . Even in marriage he did everything for everyone else. Never questioning or resisting things. Sadly his freedom is only their because his kids are grown and in college. His wife has passed away. These days his passion lays in his kids, farm animals, and the collection of National Geographic magazines that he’s collected over the years.
Christie is a 30 year old Manhattanite living his life. He’s partying and drinking with no repercussion of anything. He’s completely free from hiding. A tragic accident makes Christie opens his eyes and forces him to rethink things. He decides to go away to Lancaster to his deceased aunt’s house.
Reading this book was a slow burn of sexual tension and an enjoyment to see these two figure out each other. It’s alot at stake and David has to release what he’s willing to part with or if he’s going to continue drowning by living the life he doesn’t want. Even though David isn’t strong in the religion. Their are multiple moments in the story when the influence is shown by people in the community and his family. These moments felt very authentic to me, and I enjoyed it.
David recognizing his sexual identity is the focal point of the story. I like how Christie is completely different by the end. He changes alot of the old Christie in exchange for being with this one guy who has caught his eye. He knows David is the real deal. He’s able to bond with this man who he thinks they couldn’t possibly have nothing in common. He couldn’t be fair from the truth. They bond over food, talking, animals.
It’s a really good romance story with some steamy scenes. I can appreciate everything that took course over the story. It was realistic fiction. I wish I could have had more. I’m not sure about the ending though. I expected a little more. But since it’s a series, then I am happy to be getting more of these guys.