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Review: The Lemon Orchard

August 30, 2013

The Lemon Orchard

Still reeling from the loss of her husband and daughter, Julia heads to her aunt and uncle’s lemon orchard to house sit and reflect on life.  Much to her surprise, she finds herself attracted to Roberto, the orchard’s foreman.  As they get to know each other, she finds that Roberto has a tragic story of his own.  He became separated from his daughter, Rosa, when he crossed the border and doesn’t know what happened to her.  Julia is determined to find out what happened to Rosa just so Roberto can have closure.  She never imagined what she would find.

I really enjoyed The Lemon Orchard, by Luanne Rice.  I was taken with Julia from the very beginning and felt so much empathy for her.  It seemed impossible to go on after a loss like hers but she was managing and I was rooting for her.  When she met Roberto, it seemed like an answer to a prayer, but things aren’t what they seem since he has demons of his own.

I thought the story in The Lemon Orchard was timely as well since it explores the issue of illegal immigration.  No matter how you feel about the it, this book is sure to tear at your heartstrings and make you think about the issue in some new ways.  I really enjoyed Rice’s writing and hope to explore more of her work after reading this book.

I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed Blair Brown’s narration.  The audio is on 7 CDs and lasts approximately 8 and a half hours.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
26 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2013 6:10 am

    I think I would enjoy this one

  2. August 30, 2013 6:18 am

    This sounds like something I would really enjoy!

  3. August 30, 2013 6:43 am

    I think I’d like this one. Thank you for the review.

  4. August 30, 2013 7:05 am

    Oh, I need to see if the library has this one –thanks for sharing Kathy

  5. August 30, 2013 7:45 am

    I’ve got a print copy of this book. Your review amazes,me more excited!!

  6. Beth F permalink
    August 30, 2013 7:50 am

    Oh I like Blair Brown as a narrator and I like the premise. I’ll add this to my audio list.

  7. August 30, 2013 8:22 am

    I think I have this but didn’t know if I wanted to read it, but now I do!

  8. sandynawrot permalink
    August 30, 2013 10:07 am

    Blair Brown is awesome, and the story sounds so good. You are right, no matter how you feel about immigration, when you look close, it always has a human face and a heart-wrenching story attached.

  9. August 30, 2013 10:21 am

    I like novels that explore current issues… they can be very effective in giving a ‘face’ to one side or the other. I listened to The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle a few years ago (loved it!) and it did a great job representing both sides of illegal immigration.

    Blair Brown is a great narrator, so I’ll definitely consider listening to this book.

  10. August 30, 2013 10:46 am

    I appreciate a book that offers me something to think about. Wonderful review. I look forward to reading The Lemon Orchard.

  11. August 30, 2013 11:12 am

    i have this one on my nightstand to read next ~ so glad you enjoyed it! Now I’m so curious to find out Roberto’s demons!

  12. August 30, 2013 12:42 pm

    Now that I’ve kind of “broken the ice” with audiobooks, I think this would be a great choice to listen to. Stellar review, Kathy!

  13. August 30, 2013 1:30 pm

    I’ve never really gotten into Luanne Rice, but my sister lovers her.

  14. August 30, 2013 3:09 pm

    So glad you got to read this book. I really liked it too.


  15. August 30, 2013 3:10 pm

    I wasn’t crazy about her last book (Little Night), but this one sounds like something I would really enjoy. Great review!

  16. August 30, 2013 3:11 pm

    I read the ARC and thoroughly enjoyed the story!

  17. Patty permalink
    August 30, 2013 3:12 pm

    I have this…and totally forgot about it…your review makes me want to get to it soon!

  18. August 30, 2013 7:34 pm

    As a fan of this author, I will definitely want to read this book.

  19. August 30, 2013 10:40 pm

    I like this author too and I know I have this one around here somewhere.

  20. August 31, 2013 12:21 pm

    The Lemon Orchard sounds like a worthwhile read.

  21. August 31, 2013 12:45 pm

    I think I have this one to read too so I am thrilled to hear you liked it so much!

  22. September 1, 2013 8:18 pm

    I have been wanting to read this one…I just picked up another book by this author (The Silver Boat). Thanks for sharing.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    September 2, 2013 4:04 pm

    I actually read this one and enjoyed it. I wonder if the audio version would have made me like it more.

  24. September 4, 2013 1:04 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one on audio too Kathy. I thought it was well done as was the story. It’s the first of her books I’ve read but I doubt it’ll be the last.

  25. September 5, 2013 3:37 pm

    I’ve never read anything by this author; thanks for putting this one on my radar!

  26. September 5, 2013 4:05 pm

    I just finished this one and have been pondering my reaction to it. It was a bit heavy on my heart at times.

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