Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review The Lemon Orchard by: Luanne Rice

Title: The Lemon Orchard
Author: Luanne Rice
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Pages: 304
Format: ebook ARC
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon


In the five years since Julia last visited her aunt and uncle’s home in Malibu, her life has been turned upside down by her daughter’s death. She expects to find nothing more than peace and solitude as she house-sits with only her dog, Bonnie, for company. But she finds herself drawn to the handsome man who oversees the lemon orchard. Roberto expertly tends the trees, using the money to support his extended Mexican family. What connection could these two people share? The answer comes as Roberto reveals the heartbreaking story of his own loss—a pain Julia knows all too well, but for one striking difference: Roberto’s daughter was lost but never found. And despite the odds he cannot bear to give up hope.

Set in the sea and citrus-scented air of the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains, The Lemon Orchard is an affirming story about the redemptive power of compassion and the kind of love that seems to find us when we need it most.

My Thoughts: 

This was a great and emotional story about Julia who goes to Malibu on  a vacation 5 years after the death of her daughter and husband.  While there she meets Roberto a illegal immigrant  who she connects with as they talk about their daughters Julia who died and Rosa who vanished during his migration to the USA.  

Julia connects with Roberto and looks to help him find his daughter, which takes them down to Mexico.  Julia and Roberto also connect in a love so deep and powerful.  What a great story it was.

We also meet Lion who is like a uncle to Julia but not related, when she is not with Roberto she is with Lion learning how he has been and the fact that Lion is in love with Julia's aunt but probably couldn't offer her what she needed and that was a green card.

This was a gripping story at times very sad for the little girl who got lost, and what happened to her.  Definitely a great story for those who love a great romance with a fabulous reuniting between father and daughter!
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