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!