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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, 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.


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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, 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.

30 review for A Second Harvest

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I honestly start drooling as soon as I hear that Eli Easton has written a new book. You've got me going all pavlovian, Eli! I've said it before and I'll say it again, why do I bother trying other authors when Eli Easton just nails it every time?! Her books + me = A WET DREAM! I honestly didn't even read the description for this one when I requested it. All I saw was ELI-FREAKIN-EASTON and that gorgeous cover, and I KNEW I needed it. She simply writes the stuff that I love to read, and I knew I c I honestly start drooling as soon as I hear that Eli Easton has written a new book. You've got me going all pavlovian, Eli! I've said it before and I'll say it again, why do I bother trying other authors when Eli Easton just nails it every time?! Her books + me = A WET DREAM! I honestly didn't even read the description for this one when I requested it. All I saw was ELI-FREAKIN-EASTON and that gorgeous cover, and I KNEW I needed it. She simply writes the stuff that I love to read, and I knew I could trust her to deliver. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally read the synopsis. A closeted Mennonite farmer in his 40s with what I can only assume to be a rocking', hairy body with stocky muscles and... *don't mind me dreaming over here*. Oh yeah, and he meets an out and proud city boy roughing it in the country while searching for inspiration and a change of pace. I was tooooootally down. What you need to know about this story is that the sexual tension is off the charts. I'm talking sexual tension so thick it is like mist in their faces. Sexual tension so intense that I was practically panting in my seat. Mind you, I read this whole story on one intense road trip. My poor husband had to deal with hungry, horny, crazy-girl looks for the entire car ride while he was trying to focus on the road. And the sexting scene... *bites fist*. Lord, that scene was AMAZING. Sexy like you wouldn't believe! We don't get a ton of sex scenes in this story, actually, but the ones that are there are breathtaking. I'm a huge fan of slow-burn stories, and this one really nailed it. I looooved the slow way that David and Christie fell for each other, and their gradual deepening of feelings. It was very romantic, actually, and I fell hard for these characters. There is a good bit having to do with religion in this story, but more having to do with the traditional lifestyle of the Mennonites. I liked those tidbits, actually, because it made this story feel very real. Both characters handled everything with a lot of grace, and I liked seeing them weather tough times and family problems. The ending was a little abrupt for my liking, and I'm not sure if I really understand how everything was resolved, but I'll let it slide. I simply loved the majority of the story too much to care that the ending wasn't perfect! For me, this was Eli Easton doing what she does best, which is writing excellent love stories with a romance I can believe in. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

  2. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~4.5~ Your life shouldn't end at 40, especially when it hasn't even began. David has always lived for others: his strict father, his late wife, his two children, his farm, his community, his church. But he's never lived for himself. A near recluse, David finds little joy in his never-ending farm work. He names his cows, even though he knows he shouldn't. He eats frozen dinners. He reads his collection of National Geographic magazines. And he fends off the advances of a widow who believes it's god ~4.5~ Your life shouldn't end at 40, especially when it hasn't even began. David has always lived for others: his strict father, his late wife, his two children, his farm, his community, his church. But he's never lived for himself. A near recluse, David finds little joy in his never-ending farm work. He names his cows, even though he knows he shouldn't. He eats frozen dinners. He reads his collection of National Geographic magazines. And he fends off the advances of a widow who believes it's god's will that they be married. Nothing much happens in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Until Christie moves in next door. Eleven years David's junior, Christie is a reformed party boy, a designer who doesn't do anything halfway. Christie inherits a house in Mennonite country from his aunt and when he finds her Bon Appétit collection, he fills his time cooking delicious food. Christie is drawn to the shy farmer who refuses to look him in the eye and offers to cook for him. David's never traveled, but Christie's elaborate meals take him to Morocco, India, even Bora Bora. Christie and David bond over food, bales of hay, and running. They have snowmobile adventures, and Christie witnesses the birth of a calf. David cherishes Christie's smile and the zest Christie has for life. He is aware of Christie like he's never been aware of anyone, but David has always hidden his secrets in a box, shut up so tightly no one will ever find them. This is a story of David's sexual discovery as much as it is a story of two men falling in love. Christie is done with clubs and hook-ups; he wants one man: a bearded silver fox with muscles sculpted by hard work. There are two steamy scenes in this book, and they are beautiful and quite hot. Did I want more? Well, of course, especially considering Christie is David's first everything. I can only imagine the exploration that took place off-page. This book is not angst-free, but I appreciate that a story dealing heavily with religion was written without piles of guilt and shame. David struggles with his faith and conservative church that brands homosexuality a sin. His grown son, studying to become a minister, doesn't approve of his father's "friendship" with Christie, and David has to choose between the static, dreary existence he's always known and the love he's found with Christie. While the epilogue presents a lovely HEA for these men, the final chapter ends abruptly. I actually wondered if my ARC was missing a chapter before the epilogue. Considering the traumatic incident at the end, the story doesn't do enough to show David and Christie overcoming obstacles and building a new life together. That is the only reason I'm rounding down to 4 stars. A Second Harvest gets so many things right; it's tender, romantic, and well-paced. I adored both MCs and can't wait to see where Ms. Easton goes with this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    HAPPY RELEASE DAY! 4.5 stars A Second Harvest is the story of David Fisher, a 41 year-old man who has never experienced real joy in his life. He's always done the right thing in accordance with his strict father's wishes. Take over the family farm at 18 when his father dies, marry a nice girl and start a family. Work his fingers to the bone day in and day out to make enough money to keep the farm in the black, going to church on Sundays because that is the Mennonite way. (Mennonite is an organized HAPPY RELEASE DAY! 4.5 stars A Second Harvest is the story of David Fisher, a 41 year-old man who has never experienced real joy in his life. He's always done the right thing in accordance with his strict father's wishes. Take over the family farm at 18 when his father dies, marry a nice girl and start a family. Work his fingers to the bone day in and day out to make enough money to keep the farm in the black, going to church on Sundays because that is the Mennonite way. (Mennonite is an organized religion similar to Amish.) I need to tell you that reading about organized religion makes me incredibly sad and I usually avoid it at all costs. I tried it with one of my favorite authors, Keira Andrew's A Forbidden Rumspringa and it was a disaster. And since Eli Easton is another of my favorites, I wanted to try this one too. The reason A Second Harvest worked for me and A Forbidden Rumspringa did not is because of the age of the heroes and where they were in their lives. The boys in A Forbidden Rumspringa were young men, still living with their parents. The oppression they suffered from their church and families was all-consuming and they had to run away to be together. David and Christie in A Second Harvest are both adults and self-sufficient, making their own money and living alone. David has children, but they are both in college and out of the house. David's thoughts on his religion, which I found comforting: There were some church teachings he’d been uncomfortable with for years but silently ignored. He wasn’t sure where his faith stood, but right now it seemed to be buried under a dissatisfied and restless part of himself that grew bigger and heavier each and every day. So, Christie moves to Lancaster County after his aunt dies and leaves him her house, which is next door to David's farm. The men meet and start a heart-warming friendship. Both are a little lonely and share meals and chores and conversation that will give you that warm 'n fuzzy feeling. Christie is sexually attracted to silver-fox David while David can't quite wrap is head around the way Christie makes him feel. Christie brings contentment and happiness into David's life and he is sad to see that he's never felt that before, even where his children are concerned. Eventually David realizes he is also sexually attracted to Christie and the two begin a slow and steady courtship. Christie insists on taking things slowly so he doesn't scare David off, which is so admirable considering Christie came from a life of sex and drugs and clubbing. Once the sex starts, it is beautiful and loving and will give you the dreamy-sighs. This book in not without a bit of angst. David does feel some shame at being attracted to a man, but he quickly overcomes it. As expected, the Mennonite community, including his children, do not accept David in a same-sex relationship, but the beauty of that here is that David doesn't really give a fuck after his initial bout with shame. I loved this book. It was a perfect love story between two men lacking companionship and acceptance and finding it in each other. I do have to add that Ms. Easton gives us a very realistic HEA. Yes, it's fun to read about the wealthy heroes sitting on a beach drinking umbrella cocktails as the sun goes down, but the realism of this HEA is wonderful and refreshing and no less satisfying than a walk-off-into-the-sunset ending. Plus, this is a series, so we'll probably have a chance to catch up with them later. :) Highly recommended. This review is also posted at Gay Book Reviews Galley copy of A Second Harvest provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ✦❋Arianna✦❋

    4 Stars!! In my opinion, Eli Easton has the perfect formula for a sweet and sexy M/M romance. I love her writing and I enjoyed every single one of her books I’ve read so far. She always delivers heartwarming stories that simply make you smile and characters that make you swoon and fall in love with immediately. 'A Second Harvest" is the first installment in her newest series, 'Men of Lancaster County' and I absolutely enjoyed it! Christie Landon is a gay 30 years old graphic designer from Manhatta 4 Stars!! In my opinion, Eli Easton has the perfect formula for a sweet and sexy M/M romance. I love her writing and I enjoyed every single one of her books I’ve read so far. She always delivers heartwarming stories that simply make you smile and characters that make you swoon and fall in love with immediately. 'A Second Harvest" is the first installment in her newest series, 'Men of Lancaster County' and I absolutely enjoyed it! Christie Landon is a gay 30 years old graphic designer from Manhattan. He loves to party, taking occasionally some drugs or sleeping around with a lot of strangers. He finally wakes-up and decides that it’s time to finally grow-up when his best friend overdoses. He decides to take a break from the city and visit Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since his aunt left him a small house and land. In Lancaster, Christie meets his 41 years old neighbor, David Fisher. David has lived his whole life in Lancaster and farming is all he knows. A good, responsible man, he always did the right thing in accordance with his strict father's wishes, he always sacrificed himself and his happiness for others happiness. He did what every other good Mennonite man do – he married a good woman, took care of his two children and run his farm. Since his wife died two years ago and his two children left to college, David had lived his life all alone. He doesn’t love his reclusive life and he would love to have a friend, someone to talk to, because deep down he feels sad and lonely. When Christie offers to cook meals for both of them in exchange for shared grocery expenses, David reluctantly accepts. They start a tentative friendship even if David realizes how uncomfortable Christie makes him, how nervous he is in the other man presence. Christie is sure David is hetero with capital H, but he can’t lie to himself, David is the first man to give him "honest-to-god butterflies in ages". What starts as a lovely friendship, slowly becomes so much more for both Christie and David. This was such a lovely story. I loved both Christie and David and I loved their portrayal. Christie was the perfect match for David in every way. I loved how patient and considerate, sweet and thoughtful he was at times with the other man. His kindness and generosity were truly heartwarming. The way David struggled with faith and his conservative church felt believable to me. I wanted so badly for him to realize how good Christie is for him, how he has the right to truly be happy and he did...eventually. I loved his seriousness and his gentleness. The pace of the story was great and Christie and David’s relationship development was fantastically done. I really liked the slow burn romance between them and I loved all their “dates”. Their friendship was lovely, but the romance aspect was simply wonderful. I loved the way they were with each other, how accepting they were and the tenderness between them was really simply wonderful at times. Overall, a great, heartwarming read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    3.5 Stars I’m going to try and be quick about this review. I love Easton, and I bought this way back when and have only now just gotten to it. What’s changed for me over the years is that in the closet tropes no longer appeal, so it was with a lot of reluctance and trepidation that I finally finished this book, determined to make a dent in my paid list. Of course, the writing is great. Easton also does fabulous UST, and she doesn’t skimp here at all. Just know that if you dread waiting for the othe 3.5 Stars I’m going to try and be quick about this review. I love Easton, and I bought this way back when and have only now just gotten to it. What’s changed for me over the years is that in the closet tropes no longer appeal, so it was with a lot of reluctance and trepidation that I finally finished this book, determined to make a dent in my paid list. Of course, the writing is great. Easton also does fabulous UST, and she doesn’t skimp here at all. Just know that if you dread waiting for the other shoe to drop, then your anxiety level is probably going to be as high as it was for me. Also, beware some heavy religious repression, bigotry, and hateful violence. The ultimate win for Christi and David was wonderful, but just take heed that it was a painful angsty journey, and I’m glad it’s over so I can move on to something more fluffy with cute dogs or some spaceships. Cheers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    Another Top 10 Favorite in 2017! Now this is romance how I really LOVE it! Christopher 'Christie' Landon is a 30 year old graphic designer by day and a NYC clubbing slut by night. A nearly-fatal drug incident makes him re-think his life, and the house in Pennsylvania that he inherited from his late aunt seems like a good excuse to take a break from partying in the city to find 'back to the roots'. Of course, the countryside of Pennsylvania isn't the most exciting turf for an out and proud gay man. B Another Top 10 Favorite in 2017! Now this is romance how I really LOVE it! Christopher 'Christie' Landon is a 30 year old graphic designer by day and a NYC clubbing slut by night. A nearly-fatal drug incident makes him re-think his life, and the house in Pennsylvania that he inherited from his late aunt seems like a good excuse to take a break from partying in the city to find 'back to the roots'. Of course, the countryside of Pennsylvania isn't the most exciting turf for an out and proud gay man. But at least Christie quickly befriends his 41 year old neighbor David, a lonely widower who runs a farm by himself. Christie enjoys David's company. The man is kind, shy and interested in the world beyond his farm that he never got to see due to his duties and his family. However, he also belongs to a deeply conservative community of Mennonites, so Christie keeps his mouth shut about being gay. Still, since both guys live by themselves and Christie finds he enjoys cooking a lot (and there isn't much else to do at his place anyway) he strikes a deal with David, offering to purchase groceries for both of them, with David paying half, and Christie would cook and bring meals over to the farm. David is reluctant, as he doesn't understand why Christie would do this for him, but he eventually agrees, seeing as he's basically been living on TV dinners since his wife passed. A win/win situation, right? And since David shows a yearning for other cultures and places during their conversations, Christie makes sure to prepare exotic dishes that take both of them to places far far away from rural Pennsylvania, enjoying how David opens up and voices his appreciation for David's cooking skills and his 'savoir vivre'. Sigh, if only David were gay, right? This story is absolutely perfect! An amazing slow burn romance with a deliciously tragic hero (David) who wormed his way into my heart every time he longingly turned a page in his National Geographic magazines or tried not to look too hard at the young and sophisticated city guy who took such great efforts to keep him company - and well fed. I guess it's true: The way to a man's heart is through his stomach ;-) The dinner scenes are so delicious here, I seriously advise you not to read this when hungry ;-) David was a real novelty in the league of leading men in romance. I absolutely loved his calm shyness, his confusion and inner torment, but also his strength in the face of a hostile religious environment and his own children's confusion. I liked how he deliberately did not push Christie away - even though everyone around him basically steered him in that direction - when other conservative characters would have done so, only to return to their gay lover after tormenting themselves and going through a dark period of loneliness. David was bigger than that, and for that, I absolutely adored him! I seriously think romance can hardly get better than this! 5 stars and a top favorite!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    Review written July 9, 2016 4.4 Stars - Food, hunger, food, love, food, lust... Jippie yay, this was once again a M/M romance as ended up as a newly published "must-read" winner from Eli Easton. I so much enjoy to be with her warmhearted and amusing sweet characters every single time. A Second Harvest wasn't an exception. A gem not to be forgotten or missed Cute and cozy with a touch of life's sometimes very hard issues to deal with. Quickly done and mostly told in a quite lighthearted way. — Review written July 9, 2016 4.4 Stars - Food, hunger, food, love, food, lust... Jippie yay, this was once again a M/M romance as ended up as a newly published "must-read" winner from Eli Easton. I so much enjoy to be with her warmhearted and amusing sweet characters every single time. A Second Harvest wasn't an exception. A gem not to be forgotten or missed Cute and cozy with a touch of life's sometimes very hard issues to deal with. Quickly done and mostly told in a quite lighthearted way. — A story I'll remember. Not unique maybe and in my opinion also a bit rushed in the end (my only tiny complain — I wanted a bit more explanations and a slower finish) but for sure a great new M/M contemporary to pick up ...immediately and to sincerely love. ********************************************** Lancaster County, Pennsylvania # David Fisher: a 42 years old farmer raised in a Mennonite church community. He is a widower from a twenty marriage with two nearly grownup children. A sadly lonely man with secret dreams about foreign places. # Christie Landon: a 30 years old graphic designer. A Manhattanite and wild gay party boy. He needs a change and brings his stuff and moves to an aunts old cottage in the country side for six months. A guy with a new fondness for baking and cooking. Two opposites with love for food and a international cuisine. Two men which starts as new neighbors, soon are shy acquaintances, becomes dear friends and ends up as lovers (for life?). “I know a good thing when I have it. And you know how stubborn I can be.” “Be stubborn,” David urged. Be stubborn for me, Christie. Be stubborn for both of us. Christie pressed tighter, kissed his neck. David sighed, letting his head fall to the side. ... Simply ...wonderful, yeah just ...adorable. Highly sincerely recommended if you like me easily get a (hard and probably lifelong) crush for lonely sad farmers. Men that needs a lot of touch and love urgently. Men that like to eat and make good food to each other. Men questioning old rules... A man who one day dare to take a lifes changing chance when it suddenly appears from nowhere. A man, or two, you can't but adore. These two main characters David and Christe and their tender (as well as grand) story tugged (and at once glued) strongly to my heart from the very first chapter. There are so much sweet and heartbreaking stuff (but not too much heartbreaking difficult angst thankfully) to be a part of here. So much fresh and "first time youngish feeling" love. Davids life and past is unforgettable touching. — Completely irresistible for a romantic heart like mine. As always; Ms Easton know the skill of men who loves men in romances. ********************************************** I LIKE - sexy "in the closet" farmers

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dia

    4,5 rounded to 5 SWEET stars This book!!! I LOVED it! ❤️ It's my first book by Eli Easton and I fell in love with her writing style. The story and also her characters are so well built. I felt like I had them right in front of me. Amazingly written! BUT if I'd have to complain about something, that would be the beginning - it was too slow paced for my taste. Still I loved how the author built their relationship, slowly but solid! I couldn't wait to read more and see how things will work out betw 4,5 rounded to 5 SWEET stars This book!!! I LOVED it! ❤️ It's my first book by Eli Easton and I fell in love with her writing style. The story and also her characters are so well built. I felt like I had them right in front of me. Amazingly written! BUT if I'd have to complain about something, that would be the beginning - it was too slow paced for my taste. Still I loved how the author built their relationship, slowly but solid! I couldn't wait to read more and see how things will work out between them. As the presentation already reveals: David Fisher is a 41 farmer, widower, with 2 teens in college. He lived his life by the standards of others: father, wife, church. Now he is lonely and feels his life has no purpose. Until he meets his beautiful new neighbor. Christie is a 30 out and proud gay man, blond, with deep blue eyes, fashionable and sure of himself. After living a very shallow life, drinking and clubbing, he wanted a change. He almost lost his best friend after he overdosed, and having this big wake-up call, he travels to see the farm he inherited from his aunt. Neither of them was prepared for the pull between them. Everything about David screamed straight and even if Christie told himself they can be only friends, the looks, the gestures, it all got him wondering if he's daydreaming or it really can be more between them. I really, really loved the second half of the book. It kept me up last night! I enjoyed David's reactions to Christie - so genuine and so HOT wanting to explore it all with him, even if he had many things to consider. I didn't expect things to become so complicated at one point, and David's kids to be this bigoted. But I am glad how it all worked out in the end. Must add that I didn't find the religious aspects to be too disturbing. Of course it made me angry and sad that such beliefs still exist, but overall it was a great story! Loved the couple. They were SO sweet together, they melted my heart! The only reason I am not rating it with a 5 full stars is because I had to wait too long for them to accept their feelings and act on it. BUT once David gave in, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I want to thank to my friend Christell for her recommendation. I wanted to read this book for some time, but she was the one who convinced me. And I loved it so much! So a BIG thank you, my dear!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meags

    4 Stars Honestly, I held off reading this one for years because the heavy religious themes worried me. But I’m glad I finally put my big girl pants on and gave it a go, because the myriad of emotions this story provoked in me undoubtedly made this a worthwhile reading experience. Although this story was deeply angst-y and dealt with all sorts of heavy themes that left me feeling anxious and on-edge throughout, it was still impressively well written, featuring characters of vastly different walks o 4 Stars Honestly, I held off reading this one for years because the heavy religious themes worried me. But I’m glad I finally put my big girl pants on and gave it a go, because the myriad of emotions this story provoked in me undoubtedly made this a worthwhile reading experience. Although this story was deeply angst-y and dealt with all sorts of heavy themes that left me feeling anxious and on-edge throughout, it was still impressively well written, featuring characters of vastly different walks of life – to each other, but also to me as a reader – who both came across as complex and wholly understandable/relatable human beings. Putting aside the angst-y stuff, I absolutely loved the slow-burn progression of David and Christie’s relationship. In truth, their deep and meaningful friendship probably affected me even more than their eventual romantic relationship, mostly because it was a companionship so desperately desired and necessary for the future happiness of both of these lost and lonely men. I appreciated all the food-talk that occurred here, too. Christie cooking exotic meals for David in an attempt to broaden David’s horizons, allowing him to have even the smallest culturally diverse experiences from those he’d ever know but had forever longed for, was such a moving and ultimately romantic gift shared from one man to the other. No doubt it also made me hungry, and it motivated me to explore some new recipes for myself, which is always fun. Ultimately, A Second Harvest was an emotional read, but one well worth the heartache and tears.

  10. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    4.5 Stars! LOVED this one! Kind of an opposites attract story, with city boy Christie and farmer David. But man...together these two were all kinds of right. A bit religiously, but not too much. I love a good slow build, I really do. Especially when it comes with the sexual tension exuding between these two. OFF. THE. CHARTS. HOT. It was sweet and almost simple. No fuss. No drama (well until the end). Just a closeted farmer and an out and proud city boy falling in love. There could have been dram 4.5 Stars! LOVED this one! Kind of an opposites attract story, with city boy Christie and farmer David. But man...together these two were all kinds of right. A bit religiously, but not too much. I love a good slow build, I really do. Especially when it comes with the sexual tension exuding between these two. OFF. THE. CHARTS. HOT. It was sweet and almost simple. No fuss. No drama (well until the end). Just a closeted farmer and an out and proud city boy falling in love. There could have been drama. More drama. Can't say I loved the plot device used (why I rounded down and not up), but I loved everything else so much I can forgive it. And the ending did feel a bit rushed but, again, loved everything else. So forgiven. The cooking. The care they took with each other. The sweetness. The touches. The looks. This is romance.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eli Easton

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Christelle

    Reread As good as the first time, maybe even a little more, because I knew Christie and his character is just, just, just....😍 The ending is still a bit dry, though. Eli Easton knows how to write about endearing characters !!! --------------------------- A sweet romance taking place in a small town in Pennsylvania. David is 41, a widower, a father of 2 kids both away at college, and a farmer in a small and quite religious town in Pennsylvania. He got out of school very early to take care of the famil Reread As good as the first time, maybe even a little more, because I knew Christie and his character is just, just, just....😍 The ending is still a bit dry, though. Eli Easton knows how to write about endearing characters !!! --------------------------- A sweet romance taking place in a small town in Pennsylvania. David is 41, a widower, a father of 2 kids both away at college, and a farmer in a small and quite religious town in Pennsylvania. He got out of school very early to take care of the family farm, married very young, and did everything that was expected from him. However, deep inside, he feels lonely surrounded only by his animals and his 2 suppressed longing for geography and men. Christie is 30, celibate, a graphic designer, full of energy but tired of his life of partying in gay clubs in New York and longing for settling down. He takes the opportunity of inheriting his aunt’s house in Pennsylvania and temporarily relocating there for preparing the selling of the house to reassess his life. Both neighbors and lonely, David and Christie develop a friendship, David welcoming Christie’s attention to him as a person and Christie welcoming the down-to-earth life and kindness of David. Slowly but steadily, their friendship turns out into much more. Both together, realizing the intensity of their relationship and giving in to their attraction, they face David’s children and the community’s reprobation and embrace the necessary changes to build a future together, because “you’re the end that matters”. It’s a slow-paced, sweet and steamy romance, with no-angst but no dull moments either, just the simple and sheer joy of accepting to fall into a loving relationship. And both characters are so lovable. My only complaint : the ending is a little abrupt. A good and comforting read which soothes me in the best way.

  13. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    A Second Harvest is Eli Easton at her best. This story was exquisitely written. This book is about David, a Mennonite farmer in his 40’s who secretly yearns for more and the out, and the proud city boy in the country for a change of pace and to settle his aunt’s estate. Lots to love here, guys! My highlights: -David. To me, he came across as a selfless, gentle man. I loved seeing the world through his eyes and took joy in his happiness. -Christie. He is who he is and makes no apologies. There was s A Second Harvest is Eli Easton at her best. This story was exquisitely written. This book is about David, a Mennonite farmer in his 40’s who secretly yearns for more and the out, and the proud city boy in the country for a change of pace and to settle his aunt’s estate. Lots to love here, guys! My highlights: -David. To me, he came across as a selfless, gentle man. I loved seeing the world through his eyes and took joy in his happiness. -Christie. He is who he is and makes no apologies. There was something very freeing about his character, and his big heart made it impossible not to love him. -Relationship development. The progression from tentative friendship to lovers was felt natural. -The sexual tension. I love a well written slow burn and this about as good as you can write it. It was palpable. -The story is narrated through a dual POV. I have to say I was relieved we didn't get any extra POVs like in her past few books. -The pace of the story was smooth and flowed effortlessly. -And the end- floved it! ♥ Any negatives? Nope. Do I recommend it? Most definitely! This was 5 Stars all the way! Eli Easton hit it out of the park, and I can't wait for the rest of the stories in this series! ARC kindly provided by Dreamspinner Press to Gay Book Reviews for an honest review.!

  14. 5 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    Reading Eli Easton's marvelous "A Second Harvest" brings to mind Henry Thoreau's famous quote from Walden. And David Fischer is living a life of desperation, a life as a good Mennonite father and widower working the dairy farm he inherited from his father. A life in which he has almost memorized articles from his beloved National Geographic magazines about far-off foreign places. A life where he keeps his secret in a box, a goddamn metal box buried in the barn underneath firewood, behind a pull Reading Eli Easton's marvelous "A Second Harvest" brings to mind Henry Thoreau's famous quote from Walden. And David Fischer is living a life of desperation, a life as a good Mennonite father and widower working the dairy farm he inherited from his father. A life in which he has almost memorized articles from his beloved National Geographic magazines about far-off foreign places. A life where he keeps his secret in a box, a goddamn metal box buried in the barn underneath firewood, behind a pulled-up floor board. And he has never uttered a word about his secret, even to himself, because if he doesn't act on it, or say the word out loud ... Therefore it was just an “idea,” like daydreaming about being a sailor or something. It was still a sin to … to think about another man, to touch himself thinking about it. But he figured God might be sort of tolerant about it as long as he never acted on it with another person. But when worldly ... liberal ... gay ... reformed Manhattan party boy Christie Landon moves into his aunt's house near David's home place, David finds himself drawn to this beautiful, creative man. And before long, they are sharing dinners, running together, talking daily, and lonely quiet David has never felt so happy. "He couldn’t remember the last time he had felt like this, like joy was a fossil fuel buried deep in his soul, and he had suddenly struck deep and hit a gusher." Then Joe, David's asshat of a son, informs him that Christie is gay ... "I doubt he’s even a Christian” ... and David finally realizes "He and Christie Landon weren’t just friends. They were dating." To David's credit, once he gets past his initial shock and shame, he can't find it in himself to be sorry about, or have regrets for, this wonderful gift he has been given. I love how Christie is willing to take their relationship slow (along with some oh so very hawt late-night sexting) and how David and Christie give some serious thought about what has to happen for their relationship to grow and continue. Everything leads to a tender passionate love that, Dear Reader, is a thing of beauty. My only qualms are that David's son Joe is pretty much a Conservative Christian Caricature and the (view spoiler)[ violence against Christie seems out of character with the overall feeling of the book, changing Joe's viewpoint 180 degrees almost instantly (hide spoiler)] , but David and Christie's HEA is well-deserved. I highly recommend this book! I received an ARC of this book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review. Review also posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    Real rating: 4.5* of five Only two instances of the loathsome w-verb. Both gratuitous and unnecessary, of course. An enormously resonant story for my elderly self. I knew and tricked with these men most of my life. Had one terrible relationship with one of them, a horrible, painful experience of being the agony and the release from it at the same time. He died of liver cancer after over two decades of alcohol abuse, and a few months later I moved to New York City. So David's story, his wretchedness Real rating: 4.5* of five Only two instances of the loathsome w-verb. Both gratuitous and unnecessary, of course. An enormously resonant story for my elderly self. I knew and tricked with these men most of my life. Had one terrible relationship with one of them, a horrible, painful experience of being the agony and the release from it at the same time. He died of liver cancer after over two decades of alcohol abuse, and a few months later I moved to New York City. So David's story, his wretchedness, moved me deeply. Christie's part I lived in reverse...after getting to Paradise I was a busy, busy boy for a few years. Over a decade, in fact, and I adored all but the last 18 months. When my life unravels, it does the job with verve and gusto. Anyway, Christie deciding to move to Auntie's place made perfect sense to me...I ran back to Austin...and his ultimate fate there mirrored my own, if mine was less painful. I left Austin because, after one night of gay-barring, I was followed home by two tradies (google it) who'd been somewhat unsettlingly focused on me. The truck they drove had a gun rack. It wasn't empty. Nothing happened. I don't care. I am never, ever again in all my life going to live in a place where guns are anything other than tightly regulated. I'm also deeply averse to going west of the Hudson or north of the Bronx. When home doesn't want you, it's not home, so here I stay. This book made all the same feelings as I felt then come roaring back, strong as ever, nauseating as ever. The highest function of storytelling is catharsis, it's why myths are evergreen and stage/screen drama has such a tenacious hold on human psyches. Author Easton has, in each of her stories I've read, given me a safe catharsis, a world built to experience and survive the strong negative emotions parts of her tale evokes. It takes skill to do this well. It requires convincing your readers that this *is* a world, this space is in fact telling truths to your emotional core. That takes talent and courage, which Author Easton has and uses for our benefit. And here I was looking for a light, fun read. Haw. Instead I got a deep and thorough dose of spiritual salts. And, mirabile dictu, was made to enjoy it. Congratulations, Eli Easton, and to you readers not squicked out by gay men making love to each other, this is a fine and satisfying read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    This book has some of the things Eli Easton does so well - two interesting guys, a slow building relationship, some heat, and a lot of lovely moments. David is a Mennonite farmer, not very religious himself, but settled into his life, with grown children including a son interested in the ministry. Christie is an urban Manhattenite and a graphic designer, whose life is derailed by a bad experience with drugs, drink, and the fast life. He tries to reevaluate his path by spending time in the house This book has some of the things Eli Easton does so well - two interesting guys, a slow building relationship, some heat, and a lot of lovely moments. David is a Mennonite farmer, not very religious himself, but settled into his life, with grown children including a son interested in the ministry. Christie is an urban Manhattenite and a graphic designer, whose life is derailed by a bad experience with drugs, drink, and the fast life. He tries to reevaluate his path by spending time in the house he inherited from his aunt, out in the country away from the shallow temptations of the city. But the thing that makes the biggest difference to Christie turns out to be his solitary, handsome, and lonely neighbor. As the two men grow closer, the inevitable moment when David's whole life, and his long-suppressed desires and affection for Christie, will collide. I really liked that David is not unaware of his gayness - he may have resisted indulging it, but he's not been fooling himself. This is more a matter of reaching for the sun, after 30 years spent in the dark hoping a candle would satisfy him. Near the end, there is one of the best (view spoiler)[coming out (hide spoiler)] moments I've seen in M/M - I loved the real and natural voice of David in that scene. Unfortunately, the consequences - the inevitable collision of family and culture and desires and plans - are all short-circuited by a moment of unforeshadowed melodrama. Then the painful consequences of that moment - which might have been an alternate and interesting picture of family rearranging itself - are dropped completely, in favor of an epilogue a year after that has all happened. So I felt a bit cheated out of the hard parts of this story after a long slow and easy build. Still a good read that I had a hard time putting down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    4.75 stars Just about the perfect m/m contemporary for me! I loved that David and Christie become close as friends first. It really felt like they had something to build their relationship on and, of course, it resulted in an oh so lovely slow burn. After having a hard time connecting with characters recently, I was so happy with the strong connection I felt with both characters, especially David. I had tears in my eyes several times when he talked or thought about his dreams of seeing the world 4.75 stars Just about the perfect m/m contemporary for me! I loved that David and Christie become close as friends first. It really felt like they had something to build their relationship on and, of course, it resulted in an oh so lovely slow burn. After having a hard time connecting with characters recently, I was so happy with the strong connection I felt with both characters, especially David. I had tears in my eyes several times when he talked or thought about his dreams of seeing the world so it was so nice to see him get his HEA. Absolutely recommended!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jay Northcote

    I'm a massive, shameless Eli Easton fanperson... and she gave me an ARC. But I would have bought it anyway, so 5 stars it is. Beautiful story, beautifully written. A lovely tale of second chances and living your truth. I thoroughly enjoyed this one even though it broke my heart in a few places along the way to the obligatory happy ending. Recommended!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    4.5 Stars Christie Landon is a city boy, through and through. The past decade has been spent clubbing with his best friend, Kyle, and indulging in anonymous sex and not quite growing up. But, now that Christie is 30, he's been finding that life less and less satisfying. And after Kyle accidentally OD's, one night, Christie finally decides to make a change. He inherited a house from an aunt who recently passed away, so after Kyle's recovery, Christie figures that there is no time like the present 4.5 Stars Christie Landon is a city boy, through and through. The past decade has been spent clubbing with his best friend, Kyle, and indulging in anonymous sex and not quite growing up. But, now that Christie is 30, he's been finding that life less and less satisfying. And after Kyle accidentally OD's, one night, Christie finally decides to make a change. He inherited a house from an aunt who recently passed away, so after Kyle's recovery, Christie figures that there is no time like the present to get away and figure out what he really wants out of life. David Fisher is 41 and pretty much waiting to die. He's been a farmer all his life, inheriting the farm when his father passed away when David was 18. David married young and helped raise a family. Now he widowed and though he was never really happy in his marriage, and he never dared even think of his attraction to men, now he just sees endless years ahead of him doing what everyone else expects of him. David is honorable, honest and faithful, to a fault. He has responsibilities that he takes seriously, even to the expense of his own happiness. When Christie and David struck up a friendship, everything felt so natural. Christie, although a city boy, wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty and learn new things. He also rediscovered a love for cooking, so it was only natural for him to share that love with his new friend. Both men were lonely and alone, so neither even questioned their time together. Christie and David had been dating for weeks before either of them even realized it. And it isn't that David was that clueless, it was just that he kept that part of himself locked in a box so tight, it took him a while to find the key. And Christie wouldn't let himself hope that David felt the attraction, too. There is a very slow burn of a romance here, and I loved it. David and Christie become friends before they get to "more". And once they decide to embark down the path of exploration, they were still so tentative. Their loving was sweet and hot and it meant something. The angst comes from family and community and religion teaching and preaching that gay is sin. But David has a strength that he probably never realized he had, when faced with losing the one man who gets him and loves him. When faced with having to choose between Christie and his farm, family and community, David chooses love. Christie, as well, is brave and true. He's a fighter when it comes to those he loves. A Second Harvest is about finding yourself and also finding that one other person that completes you. It's about finding the strength to hold on, even when everyone is against you. It's about love. And I think the world could use more of that. ------------------ ARC of A Second Harvest was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John The Cosmic Wanderer

    All the elements of an amazing story was already there but I dont know, it just didnt grab me. I didnt feel any strong connection between the MCs. The last 30% of the book was so rushed it felt like it was missing 5 more chapters of something.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    4.25 stars David Fisher spent his whole life doing what was expected of him as a God-fearing Mennonite farmer. After his wife's death and with both his children at college beginning their own lives, he finds himself alone and despondent on his farm. When he gets a new neighbour, David's forced to confront a part of himself that he had buried long ago - his homosexuality. Christie Landon needs to get away from his life of partying and drinking, and so decides to move to a rural property he recentl 4.25 stars David Fisher spent his whole life doing what was expected of him as a God-fearing Mennonite farmer. After his wife's death and with both his children at college beginning their own lives, he finds himself alone and despondent on his farm. When he gets a new neighbour, David's forced to confront a part of himself that he had buried long ago - his homosexuality. Christie Landon needs to get away from his life of partying and drinking, and so decides to move to a rural property he recently inherited. Bored with the monotony of country life, he takes up cooking and eventually invites his handsome older neighbour to join him. As the two become friends, they find it increasingly difficult to deny that attraction building between them. I'm a sucker for small-town romances. There's just something romantic about the countryside. I've enjoyed reading about Lancaster County in a few of Eli Easton's other books, so I was stoked to hear that this book would be set there. 'A Second Harvest' gave me the country charm that I was looking for. This is a slow-burn romance. David and Christie fall in love other gradually and slowly. I loved how they fell for each other - through their dinner dates. When Christie realizes that David has rarely left his farm and dreams of the wider world, he decides to cook different cuisines and give David a taste of the world. Their dinners were incredibly sweet and romantic. While the two move slowly, that doesn't mean the sexual tension isn't there. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for them to give in to the attraction. And when they finally do, it's hawt. Once David decides to finally explore what it's like to be with a man, he doesn't hold back. And Christie's more than willing to play teacher. There's a fair amount of religion in this book, but it wasn't off-putting. David has to reconcile his own beliefs and his sexuality, and also has to confront his family and community. I thought the author did a good job of balancing the religious aspect with the rest of the story. However, the pacing in the last quarter threw me off. There was just a lot crammed into the last pages, which was jarring because of the slow pace of the book until that point. It wasn't a major issue, but I would have preferred extra pages/chapters to even things out at the end. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read, and an excellent start to Easton's new series. If you're looking for a slow-burn romance, I'd recommend 'A Second Harvest'!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Wow. 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 Wow. 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. What's to Like: 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. What's to Love: This book kinda plays on all my favorite tropes: friends to lovers, forbidden love, age difference, opposites attract. So good. Beware of: 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. This Book is For: 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    3.75 stars rounded up I needed to get 'things I didn't like' out of the way first. I will never, ever, be comfortable to read M/M romance stories that has religious element in it. The thing is, the arguments from both sides will become repetitive (or wrongness vs. nature). It rarely see eye to eye in M/M romance. Usually, it will end up with the MCs leaving the religion altogether. I understand that in religion will always be one of the most significant opponent of homosexuality. But I guess I wi 3.75 stars rounded up I needed to get 'things I didn't like' out of the way first. I will never, ever, be comfortable to read M/M romance stories that has religious element in it. The thing is, the arguments from both sides will become repetitive (or wrongness vs. nature). It rarely see eye to eye in M/M romance. Usually, it will end up with the MCs leaving the religion altogether. I understand that in religion will always be one of the most significant opponent of homosexuality. But I guess I wish of seeing the MCs who in the end embrace both his faith and his sexuality. Anyway, so yes, that part made me uneasy. I also could do without the (view spoiler)[gay bashing (hide spoiler)] as well because that part was quite disturbing to read. Oh, and the time jump in the end? Yeah, not happy with that. However, apart from that, this story was SOLID. I loved Eli Easton's writing, and I loved how she built up the relationship between David and Christie. From the tentative neighbors, to being friends over Christie's foods and David's love for culture, before finally arriving as lover. I believed in these two so much! I knew that everything that happened between them, including (view spoiler)[the gay bashing (hide spoiler)] and David's kids reactions would just make them stronger as a couple. So another winner from the pen of Eli Easton :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    A sweet read. Read it a while ago so not spending time on a long review. A sweet read. Read it a while ago so not spending time on a long review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    *4,5 stars* *** I loved this. **** Loved David, loved Christie!!! Hope to see more of them. Review maybe later. *4,5 stars* *** I loved this. **** Loved David, loved Christie!!! Hope to see more of them. Review maybe later.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Life in the country isn't always as boring as it seems... David Fisher's lived his life according to everyone else's dictates. His father and then a wife and two kids, following the beliefs of the Mennonite church. But now his wife's passed away, his kids are grown and off at school and David's all but turned away from the church. David finds himself really just going through the motions of running the family farm. Every days basically the same until the day he meets his new neighbor, Christi Life in the country isn't always as boring as it seems... David Fisher's lived his life according to everyone else's dictates. His father and then a wife and two kids, following the beliefs of the Mennonite church. But now his wife's passed away, his kids are grown and off at school and David's all but turned away from the church. David finds himself really just going through the motions of running the family farm. Every days basically the same until the day he meets his new neighbor, Christie Landon. Christie's escaped the city after leading life in the fast lane for years. A friend's close call when he overdoses causes Christie to re-evaluate his life and head for the country where he plans to sort out things at his aunt's house that he's inherited upon her death. Christie's looking to slow down, regroup and re-evaluate his life until he meets his new neighbor, David. David and Christie are total opposites on the surface. David's closeted. He's lived his life in Lancaster County never travelling anywhere or seeing anything of the world. He's dreamed of if...his collection of National Geographic magazines can attest to that. At 40 years old not only does it seem like his life is over...it never really got a chance to start. While at 30 years old, Christie's a college graduate, he's got a solid career as a graphic designer, he's partied, walked on the wild side, seen a bit of the world and reached a point where he just wants to put the brakes on. Neither of these men are really looking for a relationship but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants and common sense doesn't really factor into it. I liked the slow burn on this one. Seeing David and Christie build their relationship over food and farm work. Watching as Christie slowly draws out David's awakening sexuality until David neither can nor wants to deny it. I really liked both David and Christie. David for me was someone who was thoughtful, strong and honorable. He stuck by his convictions regardless of how hard it was...when he was confronted by members of the church or his own children he didn't automatically do the easy thing and capitulate to what they wanted. While Christie was out and proud he was also a kind, caring and compassionate person. "A Second Harvest" had all the makings of an incredibly good story and while I enjoyed it. It didn't make the same connection for me that other books by this author have. I'm honestly not entirely sure why this one didn't totally work for my but I do think at least part of that was due to the narration. I was fortunate to be able to listen to the audio book for 'A Second Harvest' which was narrated by Will Tulin, who is a new to me narrator and unfortunately for me this narrator just didn't quite work. His voices for the characters weren't the same as how I had imagined they would sound and I found this to be a bit distracting. While he did check off my basic checklist of 'what I look for' in an audio book, the voices just didn't work for me. So I have to caution that this is a very subjective opinion being expressed here. "A Second Harvest" is a story not just of two men discovering each other but themselves. Other than my issue with the audio, I'm not sure why this one didn't work for me...maybe it wasn't quite the type of story I was looking for at the time...who knows sometimes things work, sometimes they don't and this time was just ok and not 'howl at the moon awesome'. ******************** An audiobook of "A Second Harvest" was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pianka *call me PIU*

    4.5 STARS A recipe for the most adorable and sweet m/m story: 1. Take a 41 year old silver fox, with an extremely compassionate heart and a whole lot of repressed emotions. 2. Mix with that a 30 year old twink with big blue eyes, looking for FOREVER. 3. Add a whole lot of cuisines from around the world. 4. Add a bunch of awkward/sweet moments of two people trying to know one another and unable to fight their attraction. 5. Add a cup of “SEXY” and “Passionate” Love making. 6. A pinch of some self-ri 4.5 STARS A recipe for the most adorable and sweet m/m story: 1. Take a 41 year old silver fox, with an extremely compassionate heart and a whole lot of repressed emotions. 2. Mix with that a 30 year old twink with big blue eyes, looking for FOREVER. 3. Add a whole lot of cuisines from around the world. 4. Add a bunch of awkward/sweet moments of two people trying to know one another and unable to fight their attraction. 5. Add a cup of “SEXY” and “Passionate” Love making. 6. A pinch of some self-righteous bigots for sourness. 7. A very generous amount of love. Mix everything properly to get the perfect gooey texture and serve it HOT on a Kindle. There, you have the recipe for “A Second Harvest” by Eli Easton. BOY, this book was the greatest!!! I have read a lot of books, be it m/m or m/f with couples having quite an age difference but this book just felt exceptionally good. This read was about a second chance in happiness and living life for your own and not for the society, who condemn you for your sexual preferences based on a twisted view of right and wrong. Plus, this read has the sexiest “Silver Fox” EVER!!! David Fisher was super sweet and adorably awkward and shy when it came to Christie Landon, but he was a tiger when he let his emotions flow. David Fisher has followed the society’s rules all his life. He has been forced to grow up at a very young age and strapped with responsibilities that mostly killed his dreams. His church and community abhor the Homosexuals, so all his life David has kept his desires under lock and key. Now after the death of his wife, he is all alone in his home trying to live a life which is stifling him to death. But he never acknowledges these feelings unless and until he meets Christie Landon. Their start is not so smooth. David feels unbalanced when it comes to Christie. Christie is from the city and from a completely different world than David. He never even work it out that Christie is gay, but around that guy he can finally be himself and David starts cherishing their friendship more than anything. David has shoved his feelings and desires to the darkest recesses of his heart. He has never tried to act on them, afraid of it being all too real. But with Christie he finally has to acknowledge his true self. David is a solid guy with a big heart with a great sense of duty and responsibility, be it for his kids or for Christie. His struggle to make his kids understand about his new reality was really emotional, but at the end i was happy that his kids do not let him down. The Fierce Christie Landon is a party animal. His relationships last for just a blow job or an occasional fuck in the club bathroom. He gets a huge wakeup call and is determined to turn his life around for the better. Christie is attracted to David from the first time he meets his sexy neighbor. He knows he is setting himself up for heartbreak but he is not ready to let his friendship with David go. He was so patient with David and so very supportive in helping him transition to a new life. And his cooking was divine, which in my book is the biggest point in my pro list. This book made me hungry for all the food that was featured here. I am an Indian so the Chicken Tikka Masala and naan was my first order from the restaurant on the first night i started reading this book. It was HEAVEN!!! Just look at this: YUM!!! I tried to make the cookies with the recipe provide by the author at the end of the book and they came out pretty good (not like Christie’s, mind you!!) So, this book in total made for a great read. Acknowledging and standing up for your true feelings is a very brave thing to do and David here was AMAZING for that. A very sweet and touching story about coming out and second chances. LOVED IT!!!! *This review has been cross posted at GayBookReviews*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    *** 4.5 Stars *** This was an absolutely solid book from start to finish. It just goes to show (again) why Eli Easton is a master of the genre.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suki Fleet

    Really, really enjoyed this. Exactly the book I needed to read right now. Lovely

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Eli Easton’s books have always been a special treat for me. I love how deceptively simple her romances can be, how easy it is for her to pull me in, how realistic her characters always seem and how genuine the emotions between them appear to be. I can be quite nitpicky when it comes to my favorite romance authors, but Easton has never given me any reason for complaint. Second Harvest warmed my heart and made me really feel the love. Our two heroes are the farthest thing from reckless youth. T Eli Easton’s books have always been a special treat for me. I love how deceptively simple her romances can be, how easy it is for her to pull me in, how realistic her characters always seem and how genuine the emotions between them appear to be. I can be quite nitpicky when it comes to my favorite romance authors, but Easton has never given me any reason for complaint. Second Harvest warmed my heart and made me really feel the love. Our two heroes are the farthest thing from reckless youth. They have both lived a dozen lives and been through so much. By the time they meet, they are tired of their circumstances and ready for a change, even if they don’t dare to truly wish for it. Christie has been doing the bar scene for years and the shine has truly worn off. He wants someone to come home to, someone to finally love and cherish, and he’s certain he won’t find that in a club. As a Mennonite, David won’t even acknowledge his feelings for other men, and as a 41-year old widower with two grown up kids, he’s just about ready to give up on life. David lives in a rural, primarily Mennonite area, but Easton doesn’t develop too much neighborhood drama. While it does rear its ugly head towards the end, this book is really a journey of discovery for these two men, a quiet, introspective story filled with life, love and demons within. Just like in life, there is no shortage of homophobes, but the true fight takes place inside David’s heart and mind. As far as David’s religion goes, Easton takes an unexpected path. I’ve read several books lately about deeply religious gay men and I thought that’s what I’d be getting here, but really, David’s faith and his feelings about God weren’t at all exaggerated. In fact, the subtle approach to this sensitive subject is perhaps my favorite thing about this book. I also loved his relationship with both his children, even (or especially) when it was hard. This is the beginning of a series, but I can’t even imagine where Easton might go with the second book. Whichever direction it takes, I’m already looking forward to it.

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