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.
This book covered so many different topics that I felt so deeply, it surprised me. Despite the fact that I can pretty much bank on Eli Easton books working for me, I didn’t quite expect this one to have such an impact.
I love a book that is…hopeful. And A Second Harvest is that. David is a Mennonite, a widower, and he’s painfully lonely. What broke my heart was that David pretty much was resigned to this being his life for the rest of his days. Can you imagine…just accepting that life will be empty and alone, with nothing more than going through the motions day to day?
Christie has his own battles. Living in NY, partying every night, hooking up with strangers…it took a near-tragedy to help him realize he might need and want more.
Christie escapes NY and moves into the farmhouse next door to David’s and an unlikely friendship is forged over cooking, eating, and talking. And, of course, this friendship grows into more.
I loved how the author handled David’s past and reconciled it with the feelings he had in the present. David, once realizing and accepting what he wanted, became the hero for me in this story. And though it wasn’t easy for the two of them, the great love they grew to share made it worth it.
As I mentioned, there’s a feeling of hopefulness in this book that overcame what started off as something quite sad. I love the thought of life never really being over…that there’s opportunity for all of us to find new things out about ourselves even as we get older.
This book kinda plays on all my favorite tropes: friends to lovers, forbidden love, age difference, opposites attract. So good.
There is a scene in the book that has quite a bit of violence. It surprised me, but was well written and appropriate for the story.
If you want a quiet love story, one that makes you believe in a relationship that can grow from seemingly impossible beginnings, this is the story for you.