Narrator: Will Tulin
Book: A Second Harvest
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication date: June 7, 2017
Length: 7 hours 40 minutes
Reviewed by Morningstar
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.
Reading this story was great, listening in to it was phenomenal!
The sign of a good audiobook for me is when it makes me live in that world, love that world even more than I did when I read it. Will Tulin accomplished that for me in A Second Harvest.
To hear the emotions in their voices grabbed me. The hesitance from David when it comes to his feelings for Christie, the excitement from Christie about the new place he’s living and the new friend he’s found. This is more than just a love story; this is a story about David and his self-discovery. Not just about his sexuality but about what he truly wants out of life. This is not an angst free read; it can’t be with David’s religion playing a part in his personal struggles since his church sees Homosexuality as a sin. But the struggle wasn’t on David’s part; it was on those of his church members and his son, who is studying to be a minister. They do not approve of David’s friendship with Christie, but David refuses to give up the one thing that gives him life and love.
There Is an epilogue which I always love but the ending before that I did find to be a bit abrupt. There this traumatic incident that happens and then...epilogue. I feel that it would’ve felt more seamless if the author had added something after the incident instead of jumping right into the happy ever after. There are so many things I loved about this story; well-developed characters, romantic, sweet, well-paced, and above all what grabs me as a reader is a well thought out story outside of the love story.
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