The Cherry Harvest
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by William Morrow
ISBN 0062343629 (ISBN13: 9780062343628)
The Cherry Harvest is set during WWII on a cherry orchard in the US whose owners choose to use German POWs to complete the harvest during a labor shortage. The story is told from the point of view of Charlotte, the mom, and Kate, the daughter. The author did well in setting the tone of what a farming town had to deal with as far as labor shortages that caused some farmers to not be able to complete their harvest and remain financially viable, shortages of cloth, meat, fuel for vehicles, many of the younger men being off to war, and on top of that, the fear of having a German POW camp near by. I liked Kate, who seemed to have it together as far as how she was going to succeed in going to college. Charlotte seemed a little more shallow of a character. She seemed to be likable, but also seemed to put down Kate's dream of going to college as being silly and then became excited about Kate taking an interest in housekeeping instead of being happy that Kate was trying her best to be successful at both. Overall, I enjoyed the book. The ending was not quite what I expected, but not a total surprise.
****I received this book in a giveaway held by The Reading Room and publisher, William-Morrow****