The Simplicity of Cider

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**** (4 out of 5)

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert


I got this book in my September Lit-Cube Subscription.  The theme was “Apple Spice & Everything Nice.”  This book fits perfectly into the theme.  Its about a Cider maker (fulfilling the “Apple Spice” quota) and her journey to save the orchard and finding love in the process (fulfilling the “Everything Nice” spot)

Its a great book to cuddle in front of the fireplace with, and drink apple cider.  The love story is a bit cliche. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl starts to fall in love with boy, boy messes it up, boy makes it better, they live happily ever after.  This isn’t a bad thing, it is what it is.  The rest of the story is fairly original.  The setting in the orchard lends itself nicely to the story and the characters are super passionate.  There is a little bit of whimsy added, but it is not overwhelming.  It adds to the romance but isn’t over the top unrealistic.

All the characters are so real.  They all have realistic flaws which adds to their personalities.  The brothers and sisters even fight like normal siblings do.  There is a lot of character growth which was really well written.  It came on slowly and you could follow along with the changes.  No character randomly had an unrealistic change of heart for no reason. One character, a ten year old boy named Bass, is hilarious.  He perfectly sums up the life of a 10 year old boy and reminds me of my brother (who also happens to be 10).  My favorite part is when he names his butt Gary.  Its so random, but speaks volumes to who he is.

The only issue I had with the book was that the ending was a little rushed.  The whole story took its time and brought you along for the ride and then all of a sudden all the loose ends were quickly tied up and then its two months later and the book is done.  I did appreciate that all the loose ends were tied up, but it still felt rushed.

Overall I liked the book a lot.  I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a feel good book.

I didn’t include any gifs in my review so here are some gifs of adorable animals eating apples:


Lit-Cube September Reveal!

Hi all! Its been a while.  My September was a whirlwind of activity and I didn’t have time to write.  But I am back now, and things should settle down for a bit!  I will write more about my whirlwind later, but I wanted to get started with this long overdue post.

Back in August I wrote a post about Book Subscription Boxes and at the end I decided to order from Lit-Cube.  As promised here is my big reveal! (And Yes, I know, its October and I am just revealing the September box, I will do better next time I promise)

September’s theme was:


This theme does not make a great first impression.  It sounds weird and not book related at all.  What kind of book is going to fit in with “Apple Spice & Everything Nice”? A Cookbook? Better Not be.  Even though I am skeptical about the theme I am still super excited to find out what is in the box!

The box itself is mint green and very nice looking.  Though, honestly, I could care less what the box looks like,  (It will most likely end up in recycling)  I care more about whats on the inside.


P.S. My cats refused to stay out of the pictures so meet Logan (Bottom Right) and Kaylee (Top Left).

Inside, the box is nicely packaged so the items aren’t crashing around.  There is a cute design on the lid that goes along with the theme.  (Again I don’t really care about the box.  I would rather the creator put more effort into what goes into the box rather than designing the box itself)


And finally there were three items in the box:


Item 1: Baked Crunchy Apple Chips by Bare.

Holy Cow these are delicious.  They taste more like apples then apples do! The only ingredient is apples, which is awesome.  I googled it and you can buy these at both Walmart and Target so I will definitely be buying more.

Item 2: Finger-less Gloves

At first I wasn’t too sure about these.  They are super cute, but most of my wardrobe is black based so they don’t match anything I own.  But, they are also super comfy, like little sweaters for your hands.  Not uncomfortable like most gloves.  I realized these are perfect for work.  My office building is FREEZING.  I wear extra layers and have a personal heater but my hands still get cold.  I can’t wear normal gloves because I type all day, so these should work perfect.  (Because I don’t care what I look like at work as long as I am warm!)

Item 3: The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

Here is the back of the book, so you can see what it is about:


This book sounds like the perfect book to curl up with on the couch and, drink some hot cider, while watching the leaves change.  Its got cozy written all over it.  I will start reading it just as soon as I am done with this post!

Overall I really liked all three items, but I was a bit disappointed that there were only 3.  Yes, they are all quality items, but I thought I would get more.  Plus I already knew I was getting the gloves because they were revealed in a “teaser” email.  I thought it was weird that they would reveal the gloves when the only other items are the book and apples, so I went back and re-read the e-mail.  I found this little tid-bit:

Included in this box will be:
1. Beautifully written women’s fiction book!
2. A pair of lovely fingerless gloves! Pictured below (you will receive a different colored pair, not the red ones pictured!)
3. Something scented & made exclusively by a wonderful small business!
4. Something exclusively made for Lit-Cube by a fabulous bath & body business!
5. Something yummy to snack on while you read!

So it seems that I didn’t get items 3 and 4.  I e-mailed Lit-Cube and within a couple hours I received a response saying that I was indeed missing 2 items, and that they would get them sent out pronto!  Lit cube gets an A++ for customer service, pending on me actually getting the missing items.

I will update you when I get the items and will post a review on the book soon.

Keep an eye out for next month’s reveal! The theme is:


And this is the “Teaser:”

Featuring a brand new YA novel not even out yet. This book has a witchy “Picture of Dorian Gray” vibe! Unique, well-written, & an award-winning novel.
Included in the box will also be some fabulously “witchy” items
to enhance your reading experience!

I HATED The Picture of Dorian Gray, but I was pleasantly surprised by September’s box, so I am still looking forward to Octobers!