The Cherry Harvest
It's the summer of 1944 in Wisconsin and the Christiansen family struggles to hold on. Charlotte barters what she can to make ends meet while her husband, Thomas, strives to keep their orchard going. With the upcoming harvest threatened by the labor shortage, strong-willed Charlotte helps persuade local authorities to allow German POWs to pick the fruit. But when Thomas befriends one of the prisoners, and invites him to tutor his daughter Kate, both Charlotte and Kate are swept into a world where love, duty, and honor are not as clear-cut as they might have believed. And when their beloved son, Ben, returns from the battlefield, wounded and bitter, the secrets they've all been keeping threaten to explode their world.
“Sanna has adeptly interwoven details of life and hardship for many in the U.S. during this time with the very different lives of the rich who profited off the war . . . an impassioned and spirited historical romance.” (Shelf Awareness)“At times romantic, scheming, heartbreaking, and tragic, Lucy Sanna’s fiction debut takes us to an America only just receding from memory. It is a time of war, love, and passion, and in Sanna’s hands it all becomes undeniably and vividly alive.” (Christian Kiefer, author of The Animals)“A beautiful novel and a reminder that war touches every family, but never in the same way. Sanna’s engaging, unforgettable characters show how every action can resound in unimaginable consequences—and what starts out as an act of kindness might prove the most dangerous. Haunting.” (Amy Smith, author of All Roads Lead to Austen)“A delight to read. The world she created was so physically real and the characters so engaging that I was instantly drawn in . . . I read the book at one sitting...and highly recommend.” (Nancy Farmer, Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author of The House of the Scorpion)“The Cherry Harvest gripped me from the first sentence. It’s a vivid, compelling, and beautifully written story, by turns lyrical and savage, as the well-drawn characters, consumed by passion, fear, hope, and hatred, move inexorably toward the unexpected climax.” (Gillian Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet, The September Queen, and Venus in Winter)“The Cherry Harvest is not just a novel you won’t want to put down—Sanna’s insightful characters and heart-stopping plot twists make it a tale that will stay with you always.” (Antoinette May, New York Times bestselling author of The Sacred Well and Pilate's Wife)“A fine novel of life during wartime.” (San Jose Mercury News) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. A powerfully sensuous and gripping debut laced with suspense, The Cherry Harvest reveals a hidden side of World War II's home front, when German POWs are put to work in a Wisconsin farm community . . . with dark and unexpected consequencesIt's the summer of 1944 in Door County, Wisconsin, where even the lush cherry orchards and green lakeside farms can't escape the ravages of war. With food rationed and money scarce, the Christiansen family struggles to hold on. The family's teenage daughter, Kate, raises rabbits to save money for college, while her mother, Charlotte, barters what she can to make ends meet. Charlotte's husband, Thomas, strives to keep the orchard going while their son—along with most of the other able-bodied men—is fighting overseas. With the upcoming harvest threatened by the labor shortage, strong-willed Charlotte helps persuade local authorities to allow German war prisoners from a nearby POW camp to pick the fruit.But when Thomas befriends one of the prisoners, a math teacher named Karl, and invites him to tutor Kate, both Charlotte and Kate are swept into a world where love, duty, and honor are not as clear-cut as they might have believed. Charlotte and Thomas fail to see that Kate is becoming a young woman, with dreams and temptations of her own. And when their beloved son, Ben, returns from the battlefield, wounded and bitter, the secrets they've all been keeping threaten to explode their world. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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