Author ~ Eli Easton
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 1 July 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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.
Second Harvest is the first book in Eli Easton’s new series entitled Men of Lancaster County. I am a huge fan of this author. It is no secret that I have become a fan of this author with her fun and heart-warming books that leave you clenching your heart, laughing out loud, and happily sighing. This story was no exception. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between our two protagonists who are so vastly different and yet find something special with each other.
Christie Landon is a successful graphic designer from Manhattan. He’s a thirty year old gay man who has not really moved past the “party hard” stage of life. When his best friend experiences a close call with drugs, Christie knows that it is time to re-evaluate his life. He decides to take some time away and visit the house he’s inherited from his deceased aunt located in a small farming community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Time away from New York will do Christie some good and will also give him the opportunity to take it easy for a while and reflect.
Soon after moving into his new home, Christie meets his new sexy neighbour. Forty-one year old David Fisher has lived his whole life in the small farming community and it is all he knows. He was born into a deeply religious Mennonite family and has always lived by everyone else’s rules. David lives his life all alone, running his farm, pretty much doing the same thing day in and day out. His children are both in college and his wife is deceased. His sad existence is something that David reflects on, somewhat awaiting the end of his days. There is no joy in David’s life and he has somehow come to accept this as status quo.
Christie and David soon strike up a tentative friendship when Christie offers to cook meals in exchange for shared grocery expenses. The two men soon find themselves actually eating with one another and getting to know each other. Yes, they are vastly different but there is no denying the spark that begins to blossom. But, David is a straight religious man whose entire belief system goes against what he is feeling towards Christie. Or, is this truly the case? And, can Christie finally risk his heart for the first time to a man that is so wrapped up in a religious community that stands against the potential love they could share?
This was a beautiful love story. I absolutely loved how David and Christie started off as friends and their feelings developed slowly and organically from there. They truly enjoyed spending time with each other. The inner struggle that David goes through trying to step away from the stranglehold his family and community had on him was so well written. His journey was amazing to watch as he grows into a man that finally begins to live for himself. Both Christie and David choose love… and they have to fight for it. Nothing short of heart-wrenching goodness.
All in all, Second Harvest is a wonderful start to what looks like a very promising series. I love how this book was so much more than a simple love story. It was about to men finding their way, not only to love but also finding their way to a better life for themselves. It’s about embracing that second chance. Eli Easton sure hit one out of the ball park with this one. I can’t wait for more. I have such high hopes for this series!!!!!
You’re the end that matters. Because I’m all in.
Meet Eli Easton
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. You can email her email@example.com