Title: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season: A Novel
Author: Molly Fader
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)/Women’s Fiction
Release Date: June 9, 2020
“A stunning story about family and hope that unfolds unexpectedly but beautifully, like a Michigan summer sunset over an orchard.” —Viola Shipman, bestselling author of The Heirloom Garden and The Summer Cottage
In cherry season, anything is possible…
Everything Hope knows about the Orchard House is from the stories of her late mother. So when she arrives at the northern Michigan family estate late one night with a terrible secret and her ten-year-old daughter in tow, she’s not sure if she’ll be welcomed or turned away with a shotgun by the aunt she has never met.
Hope’s aunt, Peg, has lived in the Orchard House all her life, though the property has seen better days. She agrees to take Hope in if, in exchange, Hope helps with the cherry harvest—not exactly Hope’s specialty, but she’s out of options. As Hope works the orchard alongside her aunt, daughter and a kind man she finds increasingly difficult to ignore, a new life begins to blossom. But the mistakes of the past are never far behind, and soon the women will find themselves fighting harder than ever for their family roots and for each other.
Hope faces a lot of uncertainty in her future but the one thing she does know is that she and her ten year old daughter Tink need a safe place to stay and the other place she can think of is the family orchard her mom told her about even if it means staying with Peg, the aunt she doesn’t know.
Except for Abel, her partner, in the orchard Peg leads a solitary life and she had no intention of changing that but when Hope and Tink show up at her door needing help they agree to an arrangement where they can stay if they agree to help on the farm.
As Hope and Tink become more comfortable with their new surroundings they begin to open up with not only with Peg, but a romantic relationship starts to develop between Hope and Abel as well. Between Hope’s past and the family secrets yet to be revealed can the orchard be anything more than a reprieve before she has to escape once again?
This is a heartwarming story about love, family and new beginnings which is told from the perspectives of all three generations of women.