I also read this book in one day. Many twists and turns, many of which were to be expected and some a bit questionable but on a cold winter day it was a good distraction.
Sanna has created an enjoyable first novel. Set in Wisconsin during World War II, it presents a accurate picture of life on the Home Front. Husband and wife, Thomas and Charlotte, own a cherry orchard, and with the young men fighting in Europe and the Pacific, they encourage the growers to turn to prisoners of war to harvest the crop. As expected, this turns out to be both good and bad. Karl, becomes almost a part of the family, tutoring their daughter, Kate, in math as she prepares for college. But the attempted rape of Charlotte by another PW changes the picture entirely, especially when the couple’s son, returns from the war in Europe with deep resentment of the German prisoners of war. At times I was confused at whose story this was; that of Charlotte’s or Kates. (LibraryThing Review copy). The book came to a conclusion abruptly, and although I still had unanswered questions, I read this book in two evenings. (Librarything review copy)
I read this fast-paced novel in almost one sitting. It's 1944 in Door County, Wisconsin and the Christiansen family is desperate for workers to pick their cherry harvest. Since the harvest wasn't picked in 1943, Charlotte Christiansen is convinced that using German POWs this year will allow her family to have money for food and other necessities for the next year. Despite much community controversy, the prisoners arrive. An uneasy truce exists until a prisoner is killed after attacking Charlotte. Fascinating characters, unexpected plot twists, and the differing experiences of Americans during World War II make an unforgettable novel.
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