The Cherry Harvest

The Cherry Harvest A memorable coming of age story and love story laced with suspense which explores a hidden side of the home front during World War II when German POWs were put to work in a Wisconsin farm community

  • Title: The Cherry Harvest
  • Author: Lucy Sanna
  • ISBN: 9780062343628
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A memorable coming of age story and love story, laced with suspense, which explores a hidden side of the home front during World War II, when German POWs were put to work in a Wisconsin farm community with dark and unexpected consequencesThe war has taken a toll on the Christiansen family With food rationed and money scarce, Charlotte struggles to keep her family weA memorable coming of age story and love story, laced with suspense, which explores a hidden side of the home front during World War II, when German POWs were put to work in a Wisconsin farm community with dark and unexpected consequencesThe war has taken a toll on the Christiansen family With food rationed and money scarce, Charlotte struggles to keep her family well fed Her teenage daughter, Kate, raises rabbits to earn money for college and dreams of becoming a writer Her husband, Thomas, struggles to keep the farm going while their son, and most of the other local men, are fighting in Europe.When their upcoming cherry harvest is threatened, strong willed Charlotte helps persuade local authorities to allow German war prisoners from a nearby camp to pick the fruit.But when Thomas befriends one of the prisoners, a teacher named Karl, and invites him to tutor Kate, the implications of Charlotte s decision become apparent especially when she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Karl So busy are they with the prisoners that Charlotte and Thomas fail to see that Kate is becoming a young woman, with dreams and temptations of her own including a secret romance with the son of a wealthy, war profiteering senator And when their beloved Ben returns home, bitter and injured, bearing an intense hatred of Germans, Charlotte s secrets threaten to explode their world.

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    1. I won a copy from GoodReads First Reads.So who knew there were Nazi POWs in Wisconsin during the Second World War If I learned that anywhere, I had forgotten And Northern Lights The atmosphere and sense of place were what I enjoyed about this pretty little book, especially with the locale being a Door County farm community It s cherry picking time but all the workers are off to war The previous year that meant no harvest and no income So Charlotte and Thomas, the farmers, suggest bringing in POW [...]


    2. Completely divided on this book for a number of reasons I liked the fact Charlotte was the adulterer, although I never liked her at all Thomas was a solid character, I wish was revealed and developed, he kept my attention when I wanted to close the cover and call it a day Charlotte didn t gain any points in my book, didn t like her or warm to her She came across as cold, aloof, I felt a disconnect with her throughout the story I never understood the attraction or draw between her and Karl, it w [...]


    3. Rarely do I have the delicious opportunity and luxury to read almost non stop as I did with Lucy Sanna s novel The Cherry Harvest It s the best way to read and allowed me to follow her memorable and conflicted characters without missing a beat, through a well told and crafted story.While war raged in Europe, on the Christiansen s Wisconsin cherry farm, without workers, Charlotte and Thomas worry that they will lose their harvest Emotions are high, ripe for the sort of conflict that arises when G [...]


    4. Original review can be found at kristineandterri 2I received an advanced readers copy from William Morrow via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Thank you I love historical fiction particularly when the story takes place during either of the World Wars This book takes on an angle that I have not read about before which says quite a bit because I have read war stories than I can count It takes place on American soil where German war prisoners were used to help with the farming community [...]


    5. Every book has good and bad, so I ll start with speaking of the good The author does a fantastic job of capturing, in the first chapter of the book, the basic makeup of her characters She will add shades as the tale goes on but the basic elements of who they are is incredibly encapsulated in the opening pages Charlotte is butchering a rabbit at the start of the story We know it is her daughter s rabbit, we know she had options But she is determined to put a full meal on the table and that rabbit [...]



    6. This book has received many varied stars which I am puzzled about as I found this a powerful and compelling story about a family during World War II I loved the setting, the characters and the fact that I was unable to do anything else until I had finished the book Charlotte is a cherry farmer s wife, Thomas her husband, Kate the daughter at home helping where she can but aiming for University and Ben the son off at war and to keep everything going the local farmers bring in Nazi POW s to get th [...]


    7. Read this book IF You are 14 18 years oldYou have not read very many novelsYou enjoy grade B Lifetime movies.The serious reader will have this one figured out from the beginning It should be classified under Romance not general fiction Plodding story line and tedious characters.


    8. While visiting Door County, Wisconsin, I went into a small bookstore on Washington Island I was looking for something about the island the store owner suggested that I read THE CHERRY HARVEST instead She recommended it for its complexity and good writing I am glad I listened to her This is a novel that has stayed with me for several weeks.The book is set in Door County during WWII when German POWs arrive to work the cherry harvest in place of the migrants who have gone to war The presence of the [...]


    9. I had high hopes for this title German POWs in the States is a fascinating topic, and I dove into the book expecting an intriguing story Well I had trouble liking any of the characters Kate and her mother Charlotte are the two we get to know the most, and I found Kate a little too Mary Sue at times yes, I will have a rich boy fall in love with my almost drowned self and my farm girl self will totally fit in with his Fortune 500 life and Charlotte could have been made a little interesting with a [...]


    10. The best two things about this book were the location, beautiful Door County in Wisconsin and the history lesson I was not aware that German POWs of WWII were put to work in the cherry orchards to save the harvest Other than the above I felt absolutely no connection to the characters and their sad situations Charlotte, the wife and mother, was annoying as hell and Thomas, the husband, didn t have a clue He was invisible to me And Kate, the daughter, just a silly little girl caught up in love and [...]


    11. Powerful story about a family during World War II Charlotte is a farmer s wife, living on a cheery orchard with her husband Thomas Their daughter is anxious to leave and go to university, while Ben, their son, is fighting g in Italy The orchard needs workers since most have signed up for the war effort Bringing Nazi POWs to help local farms is at the bottom of this well written, engrossing story.


    12. Probably actually 3.5 stars The thing is, I really enjoyed 3 4 of the book and was for sure set to give it 4 stars However, it all seemed to spiral out of control in the last 1 4 and I absolutely hated the ending I ve been to Door County, Wisconsin, so for me, one of the highlights was reading about an area of the country I v e visited it really is beautiful there I kind of wonder if the lighthouse in the book is one of the ones I ve been to


    13. This book had so much potential but just didn t do it for me There wasn t enough of the war prisoners and too much of the main characters shallow lives I felt like the book couldn t decide if it was YA or romance or thriller It should have stuck with one genre and went into depth And the ending Ridiculous.


    14. I have read a lot of books that I gave 5 flowers flowers too this year, but very few reached the wonderfulness that was The Cherry Harvest If the cover doesn t pull you in, the story will.The story revolves Charlotte and her daughter Kate and how their lives are changed when German POWs come to help with the harvesting.From the start of the story, the reader can tell that Charlotte and Kate aren t a lovey dovey mother daughter pair Though I can understand Charlotte s motive s at the beginning of [...]


    15. In Door County, Wisconsin the war has taken its toll on the farming community With all of the young men gone to fight and migrant workers finding better paying jobs, many of the farmers have missed their harvest When the opportunity arises for German Prisoners of War to work on the farms, Charlotte Christiansen does not hesitate to take up the offer for her family s cherry farm When the prisoners arrive, however, she begins to have second thoughts will her daughter Kate be safe What about all of [...]


    16. This coming of age story is set in small farming community in Wisconsin The war has taken a toll on the Christiansen family With food rationed, and money scarce, Charlotte struggles to keep her family fed, often bartering for what she needs Her teenage daughter Kate raises money to earn money for college Charlotte s husband, Thomas, struggles to keep the cherry orchard going while their son Ben, is off fighting in Europe, and has to deal with a labor shortage also.When their upcoming cherry harv [...]


    17. This could have should have been so good With the rich culture, history, geography, and traditions of Door County, the last years of World War II, and the famous cherry growing industry all part of the setting, this should have been literary gold Instead we get all of this richness used as thin and barely there set dressing for a B movie soap opera story with a predictable plot worthy mostly of a badly executed teen drama A few mentions of Allied victoriesa song on the radio by Bing Crosby or Fr [...]


    18. I had trouble getting into this book I just didn t like any of the characters for most of the book Kate was annoying, Thomas was weird, Josie was also annoying, and Charlotte came off as rude one word comes to mind, but I try to refrain from using curse words in my reviews If I had read the first 2 3 of this book, I would have rated it only 2 or 3 stars But the last third of the book is what made this a good book I m glad I read the whole thing because the ending was so good and unexpected I lik [...]


    19. Rural Wisconsin 1944 Town meeting German POWs will be arriving in camps set up by the Army Charlotte Christiansen suggests that the farmers in her county petition the Army for workers and these prisoners be set to work on the farmers land to harvest their cherry and apple orchards This novel sets out the effect these POWs have on the lives of the Christiansen family Also, with the return of their son, Ben, badly injured in the war and full of bitterness and hatred, we see war s devastating psych [...]


    20. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review It seems like it took forever to finish this book I thought the idea for the book was unique but overall it was just ok for me There were several sexually explicit scenes that were awkward and took away from the mood of the story Some of the character situations were unbelievable and inconsistent with what I had already learned about those characters The writing was good enough that I stayed interested and wanted to finish but [...]


    21. It was interesting to me and something I didn t know, that there were POW camps in Wisconsin during WWII, including Door County, my home And really that was the only interesting thing about this novel Too many sex details, violent gory details and not enough getting to know the character details There was so much potential with a story like this, but I m afraid it fell flat I was disappointed.


    22. Read this novel written by a graduate of St Norbert College, in anticipation of the author s visit to my classroom Excellent characterization and vivid details make this historical fiction a good, fast read.


    23. What a dumb plot progression Only thing of value I found was learning about POW camps in the US during WW2 Please don t waste your time with this one.



    24. I d really like to give this book 3 1 2 stars but that s not possible After just coming off a Jane Austen novel, I find it hard to give it a true 4 stars since it is really not a literary masterpiece but it is truly and enjoyable read I felt connected to all of the main characters, the secondary characters not as much There are a few scenes that happen rather abruptly I like things to be believable and a few spots were under developed and thus unbelievable All in all if you just want a good, fas [...]


    25. What to even say on this one.The actual prose were well written and the author does a fantastic job of building the world this story is set in You can really get engulfed in the setting and see exactly what the characters see That is what really kept me in this novel The actual narrative on the other hand is a mess There are several competing story lines that just don t mesh And the relationships that build in this story are absolutely ridiculous, improbable, and their progressions are insanely [...]


    26. This book gets high marks for the complexity it presents, which is, after all, the nature of all true stories It is a novel, but based on quite a bit of historical truths, some of which the author kindly points out for us in an afterword I love it when they do that It tells the story of the effect of WWII mobilization on farmers in the Great Lakes region, mainly a shortage of labor for the harvest There are lots of subplots involving various characters desires and frustrations, that twist the st [...]


    27. I really loved the history and Wisconsin references It read like last a soap opera, but sometimes you need a soap opera I don t think the ending fit with the rest of the book.



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