Review: The Taste of Apple Seeds by: Katharina Hagena

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: An international bestseller, The Taste of Apple Seeds is a story of love and loss that will captivate your heart.

When Iris unexpectedly inherits her grandmother's house in the country, she also inherits the painful memories that live there.

Iris gives herself a one-week stay at the old house, after which she'll make a decision: keep it, or sell it. The choice is not so simple, though, 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.

As Iris moves in and out of the flicker between remembrance and forgetting, she chances upon a forgotten childhood friend who could become more.

The Taste of Apple Seeds is a bittersweet story of heartbreak and hope passed down through the generations.

Review: THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS is a story infused with life, longing, and family. When Bertha, Iris’ grandmother, passes away Iris finds out she has inherited her house in the countryside. Iris plans on staying at the house for a week to help her decide what to do with the property, but things aren’t as simple as they appear. There are so many memories and secrets lurking in every room of the enchanted house waiting to be uncovered. Three generations of women have loved and lost in this house, filling the house with their tears, hopes, and dreams. While visually captivating, THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS seems to try too hard for the magical realism to truly blossom. Perhaps it’s an issue of “lost in translation”, but while I sensed so much potential it fell a little short. I enjoyed learning the history and secrets of Iris’ family, but there was a lack of a solid plot to drive the story along. THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS has the glimmer of magic and beauty and I look forward to more of the author’s writing to see it fully shine.

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