THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS tells the story of young librarian Iris Berger. When Iris's grandmother dies, Iris is surprised to learn that she has inherited the house–a house she has not been in since her cousin Rosmarie's tragic death fifteen years before. But from her first step inside, the painful memories—and family secrets—instantly come flooding back. Allowing herself a week-long stay, she’ll ultimately have to decide this family treasure’s fate: keep it or sell it. As Iris reminisces, she comes to realize the choice won’t be so simple, for her grandmother’s cottage is an enchanting place where currant jam tastes of tears, sparks fly from fingertips, love’s embrace makes apple trees blossom, and the darkest family secrets never stay buried.

While trying to remember—and forget—Iris chances upon an old childhood friend who might just be the answer she is looking for. With a hint of magical realism, seamless flashbacks and a narrative take on three generations of women and love, Hagena’s gorgeous writing touches each of the senses in a charming way. Readers will fall under the spell of THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS and discover the amazing vulnerability and resilience of the human spirit. This is a story of heartbreak, hope, and friendship, and one that will be passed down through the generations.

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My review

Iris's grandmother dies. She splits everything she owns to Iris's mother, her aunts, and Iris. Iris gets her grandmother's house. Iris decides to stay at her grandmother's house for one week and after that week she will decide if she will keep the house or sell it. Iris is visited by an friend of the family. His name is Herr Lexow. He drops a bomb on Iris regarding her family. He then proceeds to tell her the story. One that will give Iris a real, good insight look into the history of her family.

I tried really hard to want to like this book but I could not get into it. I found that for me the story did not get going until chapter 4. Even than it was hard for me to stick with it. I felt the flow was not there. Herr would start to tell the story and then Iris would interrupt with her thoughts. Also, there is the fact that I realized later that I was not sharing a connection with anyone in the book and therefore could not continue on this journey any longer.

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Elizabeth said…
Nice review.

I have this book in my TBR stack.

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