Book Club: Cherry Season

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Author: Trish Morey
ISBN: 9781743534342
RRP: $29.99

Cherry Season is my second Trish Morey read and it was just divine. Set in the picturesque Adelaide Hills that I call home it was familiar and comfortable with surroundings that dragged me in from the very beginning.

Dan Faraday is a grumpy orchardist holding out for a bumper cherry season that will get the banks off his back, but that’s not all he has going on at the moment. His 37th birthday will be memorable for all the wrong reasons; his three younger sisters have splurged on an online dating subscription for him, and the candles on his cake set off the smoke alarms. Not the nice quiet night he had been expecting.

An online dating subscription is the last thing Dan Faraday wants but it is definitely time he started actively seeking a wife or there may not be anyone for him to pass the orchard on to. Faraday Orchards has been in the family for generation and this is the first time it has looked like there may be an end to the line. Dan has three sisters but none are keen to go onto the family business, or are looking like marrying and having children that will take over the business.

Dan has always put the business first and when it’s not cherry season there are the apples and the pears to worry about, or the raspberries or rhubarb and if it’s not the fruit there’s always something that needs attention on the farm. Dan is a conservative man who plans everything, I think this might be an occupational hazard for a primary producer; so much is out of his control that he needs to be in complete control of what he can.

Lucy Mariano on the other hand is not conservative, she does not plan every move – or any move. She is a complex character who moves around a lot. She doesn’t settle down or stay in one place for long because that’s the way she likes it but you can feel from the beginning that there’s more to it than that.

Gypsy is in Lucy’s blood, her mother never settled down for long either so she has never known any different. It is easier to keep moving than to get attached and open yourself to heartbreak; which immediately tells me Lucy has had her share of heartbreak.

Lucy seems to be rootless, drifting all across the world with no responsibilities and no possessions. The no possessions is fast put to bed as we see Lucy decorate the place she stays with special mementos of her travels; wall hangings, cushions and cookbooks from all over the world.

Dan is a conservative overthinker who never makes rash decisions so the fact that he employs Lucy on their first meeting at a service station is slightly out of character.

Dan and Lucy are polar opposites in every way, right down to the fact that Lucy is here for the Cherry season and Dan is looking for a wife.

The online dating subscription has kicked him into gear and now he even has a checklist for all the things he is looking for in a prospective wife and Lucy doesn’t tick a single box – only because spark and chemistry don’t even make his list.

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The romance is a very slow burn but the sparks fly every time the pair are in the same space. Written from both perspectives we get in their heads and know the attraction they each feel, but we also know that they are determined that it will go nowhere as they are so different, and you’re never quite sure whether one will give in to their desire.

Cherry Season is gorgeous. The writing flows beautifully and the scenery is very visually written, maybe I could picture it so well being familiar with the area but I think it was Morey’s superb scene setting.

The pacing was spot on and she made all of the Faraday family so three dimensional that I’m invested in their stories as well, I’m left wanting to know what happens to them from here. It’s not just the family either, I want to know what’s next for Kate as well.

A believable love story, a picturesque setting and a generous helping of humour. There were times I was left with a very bad feeling about what was coming and I was not disappointed.

There were elements that I found predictable but the way that Morey resolved them was not what I was expecting at all.

Cherry Season is a fantastic read that I would recommend to all.

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Cherry Season is book #64 for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2015.
Cherry Season is available from November 24th through Pan Macmillan from Booktopia and where all good books are sold.
10 of our lucky readers will also be reading Cherry Season so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

12 thoughts on “Book Club: Cherry Season

  1. I think I know the area this book refers to as I live in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. The Adelaide Hills have many orchards which have export quality apples. Some are processed to make Apple Juice too. A great area for sightseeing, accomodation and shopping etc.

  2. The success or failure of novels like “Cherry Season” often rest on the strength of their characterisation. The “boy meets girl” plot is very familiar, and it’s hard to bring anything stunningly new to it. However, a novel with vivid, engaging characters and a strongly drawn setting can still be highly enjoyable. And for me, that’s what “Cherry Season” offered.

    Both Lucy and Dan are people you wouldn’t mind meeting. Lucy, the drifter, is on the surface the girl we all wanted to be at least once in our lives. Beautiful and bold, she speaks her mind but is good company, enjoys what life throws her way, and refuses to be tied down to a plan, a place… or a person. But Lucy has depths that aren’t immediately obvious, and perhaps it’s time she stopped wandering the world.

    Dan, meanwhile, is the man we all want at least once in our lives. Stable, sensible, responsible, a homebody – and good looking with it. But he’s also the grumpiest man in the region, so focused on looking after the family orchard that he’s almost forgotten to have a family of his own. When he sets out to find a woman to love, he does it the same way he runs his business – he sets a goal, he makes a list, he embarks on a plan.

    There’s no great surprise what happens between these two, but it’s a really enjoyable journey for the reader. It’s easy to picture either Lucy or Dan as your friend, and it’s easy to care about what happens to them. Morey has described the Adelaide hills vividly. It’s a setting I’ve not often come across in novels, but it’s clear that Morey both knows the area well and loves it. Given the importance of the setting to much of the action, it’s a real strength for the novel.

    “Cherry Season” probably won’t change your life, but it will give you several very enjoyable hours. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a diverting but not too demanding read.

    And if you enjoyed “Cherry Season” – or are tempted by it – “Stone Castles” by the same author is free on Apple iBooks this week!

  3. I have just finished reading Cherry Season today, it took me 2 days to read in between my busy household. This book was easy to fall into reading and that fantastic I hope it becomes a movie one day as I felt like I was right there beside all these characters. You will need tissues towards the end and we can blame Trish Morey 🙂 as it was that well written it took me right in. I will be looking into Stone Castles but I dont have apple so will have to try look it up on android/google. I have been to Norwood, down to Victor Harbor and down Magill Rd so it was so close to home it was the best book I`ve read for a long time.Thankyou beauty and lace and especially Trish Morey for taking me away to a beautiful new world for a few days as it will linger in my thoughts for days and more it was that good. 🙂

  4. I was captivated by the first few pages. A lovely easy read, set here in Australia (yay). I enjoyed the journey I was taken on along with getting to know the characters. I did find it predictable at times, but then couldn’t put it down to see if I was right. I really enjoyed reading this and thank you for the opportunity 🙂

  5. Thank you for the opportunity to read Cherry Season. It was great to read a book set in the Adelaide Hills, I would one day like to visit this area and see it for myself. I found the story easy to read and once I started reading I found it hard to put the book down. With Dan being such a predictable character by being stable, responsible, and a homebody. When he meets and employs Lucy who is a drifter and does not really want to be tied down to anyone place or anyone person. From their first meeting there is an attraction. With Dan running the family orchard and being so busy he has given himself the reputation as being the grumpiest main in the area. He has also forgotten to have a family of his own so his sisters have taken it upon themselves to change this by giving him a online dating membership for his birthday. Dan organises a couple of dates but with his list of credentials these dates are never destined to succeed. With Lucy and
    Dan being so different they go through some testing times, but are obviously destined to be together which was quite predictable from the start of them meeting but in saying that you really did not know what could happen with them as they go on life’s journey really discovering each other.
    I enjoyed the easy and light read and would recommend Cherry Season to everyone.

  6. An easy light hearten story with true dimensions in today’s environment. I love the characters, so different in each but so realistic in a what does happen to achieve true love. Dan is a man with lots of responsibilities where Lucy has none apart from where to drift to next. I believe we could see early on in the story Lucy was really looking for something in her life but didn’t really know what it was.Lucy may have appeared happy on the surface but I don’t believe she was. Lucy and Dan meet by chance and develop their relationship without really showing each other their true personality. On line dating to Dan was a chance but his heart not in it. Lucy was always in the background in his mind. It is interesting how his sisters knew from the start that Lucy and Dan were meant to be together and in the end the hurdles were overcome and they got their. I loved this story. Light romance with an Australian theme. Thank you Trish Morey, I will be looking for more of your novels.

  7. This book was one of the best romance novels I have read to date. It was an easy read and was a story that dragged you right into the characters lives.

    If you love reading romance novels, this is a must

  8. If there is one thing that Trish Morey managed to do in Cherry Season, it was to take me back to all my own childhood memories of South Australia. From the second I found out this would be set in my old stomping ground, I was hooked. Trish Morey successfully created a picture in my mind of the Adelaide Hills area and it made me want to return back again.

    I felt that Cherry Season was not slow to move at all, it created a solid attraction between Dan the cherry farmer and Lucy the backpacker from the first meeting. I enjoyed the involvement of Dan’s family in all his affairs and particularly enjoyed going on his journey into the world of online dating with him.

    I managed to read Cherry Seasons within 3 days and was hooked after the first 2 chapters. I highly recommend it to anyone and have already passed it on to my mum, who also read it very quickly and commented on the fact that opposites really do attract.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace for giving me the opportunity to read Cherry Season.

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