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The Cherry Harvest: A Novel
by Lucy Sanna

Published: 2015-06-02
Hardcover : 336 pages
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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 consequences.

The war has taken a toll on the Christiansen ...

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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 consequences.

The 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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  "the cherry harvest "by Sherrit (see profile) 08/04/17

places reader back in the life of WWII when German prisoners were held in concentration camps in among other US locations Door County in WI to help with the cherry harvest . Interesting, dangerous... (read more)

 
  "The Cherry Harvest"by BetteBerger (see profile) 08/04/17

historical fiction with an interesting story. It showed how war affects everyone, even those not in the war zone. I had never heard that the USA kept German prisoners of war in barracks in many cities... (read more)

 
  "The Cherry Harvest"by seanancy (see profile) 08/19/16

Interesting,fast read. Perfect summer book. I never saw the ending coming!

 
  "Defnitely Worth Reading"by Betty56 (see profile) 06/28/16

Beautifully written by Ms. Sanna the story moves quickly and smoothly taking you back in time to the Wisconsin farmlands. A couple of twists and turns left me scrambling to rethink my anticipated ending.... (read more)

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