I really had no idea what I expected when I picked up this book by Molly Fader. I was seduced by the very nice cover – I have always been a bit partial to cherries! It is such a charming story of small town America unfolding in a small farming community and the larger than life characters that live in this part of Michigan.
Hope knows very little about her remaining family who still live on the same north Michigan farm that her mother escaped from. The stories about Orchard House were from a lifetime ago. When she arrives on the doorstep late one night, looking battered and bruised with her young daughter at her side she isn’t really sure what kind of welcome she can expect.
Aunt Peg is stunned to see Hope again but takes her in to help with the Cherry Harvest on the farm. It is tough physical work but sees the three generations working together and forging bonds between them all.
If you like the Virgin River series it is that kind of small town America tale with strong ballsy women who seem to dominate life in this part of Michigan. It is all about learning to trust people again and becoming part of a supportive family unit and a collaborative community. And in these strange times who doesn’t need a real feel-good story to boost your spirits.
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UK publication date: Jun 09 2020. 320 Pages
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