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The Lemon Orchard: A Novel

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    *This book was given to me for a fair and honest review* I

    *This book was given to me for a fair and honest review*
    I was so excited to be given the opportunity to review Luanne Rice’s The Lemon Orchard. I have been a fan for years so this is like the holy grail of reviews for me! Luanne never fails to deliver a wonderfully thought-out and extraordinarily engaging book.

    The Lemon Orchard was thought-provoking and lovely, a book to be read not only with your brain, but your heart as well. The story of Julia and Roberto was heartbreaking yet magical. Finding love after tragedy is hard enough, but struggling with the unknown makes it almost seem impossible. Yet Roberto and Julia reveled in their time together, simmering in the love and passion that they knew was on borrowed time. They fell hard and fast, united in grief and sadness of horrible losses that they both endured but their love made their hearts begin to heal.

    This is not your typical happily-ever-after story. This is what I loved about it. It was REAL. What takes place in the book is real life. Everyday people do not have the sunshine and roses love all the time. There are happy days, there are sad days, there is tragedy, there is healing. Roberto and Julia were the most genuine couple in a romance that I have read in a very long time. They reminded me that sometimes love means letting go….

    I recommend The Lemon Orchard to those who do not like “cookie cutter” romances, who are willing remember that love does not always have a happy ending. Originally posted to Books Books Books Blog

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Good summer read

    Great writing; you can smell the freshness of the Pacific ocean and the lemon orchards.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

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    Two lives engulfed by sorrow meet and find a way of life that br

    Two lives engulfed by sorrow meet and find a way of life that breeds survival for both in extraordinary ways!  Julie lost her daughter Jennie five years ago and with that a part of herself so closely were they entwined in their daily lives.  She also lost her husband at that time; but as sad as that was, it wasn’t as traumatic as the loss of Julie’s child.  For five years Julie has kept close to home but finally agrees to house-sit for her aunt and uncle in Malibu, California. The lemon orchard grove and nearby Pacific Ocean breed some unexpected surprises!
    Roberto is an illegal immigrant who is the manager of the lemon orchard grove.  All of his money goes to his family in Mexico but his heart lies elsewhere. He too has lost a daughter, Rosa, who disappeared five years ago.  He has no idea whether she is alive or dead, but he holds onto a very dim hope she could have been found and adopted by some kind family. The sharing of that secret opens Julie’s heart and provides a ray of hope to Roberto.
    Romance infrequently develops from such pain and yet a similar bond can grow stronger and stronger from the sharing.  So it is here, but don’t try to predict how this all turns out because you will fail for sure.  Closer and closer they do grow as they formulate a plan for the future.  In the process of carrying out this plan, the reader will learn about the personal side of what is a troubling issue to so many in this country America, so often the ultimate refuge of those fleeing poverty, danger and other well-known problems.  But this story defies the stereotypical image of the illegal immigrant, depicting an actual person with a family and dreams of a better future.  No one is taking sides in this novel as to how they should be treated, but reading and pondering this particular scenario puts a whole new light on usually not discussed vulnerable aspects of the problem.
    This is the story of a quest for healing and hope.  It’s about how one singular event changes a person’s life and love forever. It’s no storybook romance but a real, gritty and yet charming account of the possibilities of renewal for those who have been rendered fragile through no fault of their own.
    Luanne Rice has written many novels but this is one of her best!  Very nicely crafted, Luanne Rice, story with some lovely, lovely descriptions of the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains and lands around it.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    I DO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! I found this book very interesting, at

    I DO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
    I found this book very interesting, at first I thought it was a fairy tale romance but after reading more I realized its a human story. I hope more people read this book and open their hearts to other human beings, a little human kindness goes a long way, we never know when we are going to need a helping hand and understanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Heart touching

    Pulled at my heart and kept me turning the page.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A fantastic tal

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A fantastic tale that weaves in and out of two different character's stories as they both have lost daughters in one way or another and how this similarity can join two polar opposite people.  Julia is one of the main characters and five years ago she lost a daughter in a car accident.  She has go over the country to California for a little break from her daily life to live on her extend family's lemon orchard farm.  Roberto is the caretaker of said lemon orchard and lost a daughter in a very different way five years ago.   

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