Love and Peaches (Peaches Series #3)

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After a not-quite-peachy year apart, three Georgia peaches come home to Darlington Orchard

When Murphy chose New York City, she left her first love behind. Now, a summer in Bridgewater means trading subway trains for pickup trucks and facing the boy she turned her back on.

Leeda expects her trip home to be over faster than her new Manhattan boyfriend can hail a cab—until a surprising inheritance saddles her ...

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Overview

After a not-quite-peachy year apart, three Georgia peaches come home to Darlington Orchard

When Murphy chose New York City, she left her first love behind. Now, a summer in Bridgewater means trading subway trains for pickup trucks and facing the boy she turned her back on.

Leeda expects her trip home to be over faster than her new Manhattan boyfriend can hail a cab—until a surprising inheritance saddles her with a huge responsibility.

Birdie's heart led her all the way to Mexico, and heartbreak brings her back to the orchard. But when the Darlington family decides to leave peach trees for palm trees, Birdie gets a crash course in letting go—and learning when to hold on.

Together for another juicy summer, carefree Murphy, perfect Leeda, and big-hearted Birdie return to the place that allowed them to bloom. Brimming with all the charm, humor, and heart of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches, this satisfying conclusion to the series reunites three unlikely best friends for a final sweet farewell.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
In this sequel to Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches, the storylines of best friends Leeda, Murphy and Birdie are brought to a conclusion. The summer after their first year away at college, the girls return to Bridgewater, Georgia, each for their own reasons. Leeda arrives to hear her grandmother's will, planning to return to her new life in New York City as soon as possible—but her grandmother had other plans for her. Murphy finds herself fighting her mother to learn who her father really is. And Birdie comes home to gain perspective on her relationship, only to find home is not quite as permanent as she thought. In this tale of growing up and discovering who you are really meant to be, the three friends go through the most confusing summer of their lives and come out on the other side very different from how they started. Older teens will probably get the most out of this book, as it deals with a number of themes that will not make as much sense to the younger end of the YA spectrum who have not yet begun to approach the era of truly leaving home. Reviewer: Kathleen Foucart
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Gr 8 Up

In this conclusion to the series that began in Peaches (HarperCollins, 2005), the author delights once again with more friendship, love, and, of course, peaches. Leeda and Murphy, both living in New York City, and Birdie, studying in Mexico, return to Darlington Orchard where they once again bond. Leeda is home to listen to the reading of her grandmother's will, thinking she will be back at Columbia University and in her boyfriend's arms in two weeks. She finds herself staying longer than expected and encounters changes that make her question who she is. Murphy comes face to face with her past, including her first love whom she turned her back on before leaving. Birdie Darlington abruptly returns home on a whim. She discovers that the orchard is up for sale and that her house is falling down. Determined to save both, she must learn the hard lessons of letting go and growing up. These young women are richly painted, and each one comes to terms with her past and stands ready to face the future. The ending of the series is neatly wrapped up, and new readers and old fans will not be disappointed. This coming-of-age story has beautifully written passages so vivid that readers can almost taste the peaches and feel the Georgia sunshine.-Julianna M. Helt, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060733131
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Series: Peaches Series , #3
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 468,661
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, Love and Peaches, Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets.

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Love and Peaches

Chapter One

The grassy lawn of Columbia University was a vivid green, and Leeda Cawley-Smith lay entwined with her boyfriend, letting the sun's rays seep into her heavily SPFed skin. They were a T; she was perpendicular to him with her head on his stomach, big black sunglasses shielding her eyes. He had his knees up and a school catalog of summer classes covering his face. Occasionally someone appeared and hovered over them to say hello, as if they were Jackie and John F. Kennedy, beautiful and perfect and sunlit, being visited by their subjects.

"I don't know what I'm gonna do without you for the next couple of weeks," Eric Woodard said, running his fingers through her loose curls. Leeda rolled over onto her stomach and propped herself up on her elbows to look at him. He was peering over his catalog at her, his dirty-blond hair messed up from lying on the ground. "Who's going to match my socks?"

Leeda smiled. She had an obsessive-compulsive habit of matching Eric's socks, which were all cashmere and sent by his mother. She also liked to fold anything that was hanging from anywhere. Leeda was very visual. She liked everything in her vision to be orderly.

"I'll be back before all your groupies know I'm gone and you can get a new girlfriend," she said. Eric rolled his eyes. Leeda liked to tease him about all the girls who constantly hit on him, sometimes right in front of her.

Leeda was headed home to Bridgewater, Georgia, for two weeks come Saturday. It was something she was ambivalent about. There were some things she was thrilled to see again after a whole year away. There were some things she wouldhave been glad to skip. It seemed silly, but the hardest thing would be the two weeks without Eric.

They had met on the bus the first week of school. He had gotten her first name before he'd jumped off. Then he'd called the dean of her college and had made up some story to find out exactly who she was. When he'd showed up outside her second Tuesday econ class, Leeda had been wary. But Eric had assured her that once he set his mind to something he always followed through. He hadn't been lying. He had even known what he wanted to be since he was in fifth grade—a surgeon.

Tonight he'd make Leeda study with him like he always did. He liked to tease her that he was the reason she had an almost perfect GPA. But they both knew that wasn't true. Leeda didn't like Bs. They made her grade sheet look messy.

There were some ways, though, in which Eric had shaped her life at school. He knew everyone. He was always invited somewhere. He took to people like a swimmer takes to water, and he was always liked. It had been too easy for Leeda to ride his coattails into her group of friends at Columbia. She wasn't sure where she would have been without him in that aspect. She, too, was usually well liked. But not great at making close ties. She was too contained.

If there was such a thing as a white knight, Eric was hers. When he was around her, Leeda felt like she didn't have to worry about anything. It was something she couldn't explain. He was the kind of guy who took care of things. If there was anything she needed, she knew he would give it to her. It made her life feel as smooth as silk.

"You'll be batting off all those southern boys," he said, grinning up at her and also looking the tiniest bit worried.

Leeda rolled her eyes. "Yeah, you know how I'm into guys who drive tractors and drink Bud Light," she said. Murphy McGowen would have said she sounded snobby. But Eric didn't seem to notice.

He opened up the schedule book and showed it to her. "Here's the class I signed us up for."

Leeda read the description. Art of the Italian Renaissance. "That sounds good." It was a summer class Eric had talked her into. They planned to spend the rest of the summer sitting at sidewalk cafés, seeing movies, and taking advantage of all the city had to offer.

Leeda sometimes felt like her life as a Georgia girl had gone up in a puff of smoke, replaced by a New York life that was full of conversations about things that mattered and countless things to do. It had all surpassed her wildest expectations. On Fridays, she and Murphy had a permanent date, no matter who else tried to get in the way. Friday afternoons and evenings were theirs, without fail, to ride ferries, to tramp Fifth Avenue and window-shop, to ice-skate, to lie on the grass in Central Park, to eat falafel from stands, to get crepes in the East Village, to take up seats at diners for way too long while eating rice pudding, and sometimes just to stay cooped up in one of their dorm rooms and cowrite lively, chaotic e-mails to Birdie.

"What's the first thing you're gonna do when you get home?" Eric asked, scrunching up his eyebrows thoughtfully, his hazel eyes half caught in the shade Leeda cast. He had a smooth, open face, the kind you liked right away. Even his features were uncomplicated and honest.

Leeda's thoughts immediately went to the smell of peaches, which she had almost forgotten, and the Darlington Orchard. She had the same eager feeling about seeing it that a kid might get while anticipating going to Disney World, like it was something huge and far away. But in two days, she thought, it would be New York that felt far away and the orchard that would feel real—quaint and quiet and full of shadows and tucked away at what felt like the edge of the world. She didn't know how to explain her excitement to Eric, though. He was more of a facts and figures guy. "They're reading my grandmom Eugenie's will on Saturday. So I guess I'll do that."

Love and Peaches. Copyright © by Jodi Anderson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Murphy and Leeda plan on traveling home for the summer, Murphy to escape city life and Leeda to listen to her grandmother's will. <BR/><BR/>Leeda expects to be gone within two weeks, back to the city and her boyfriend. The reading of the will changes her plans and potentially her life's direction. <BR/><BR/>Murphy's trying to run away from her feelings about a certain boy she left behind at the end of last summer. Will she see him again this year and, if she does, what is there left to say? <BR/><BR/>Birdie didn't plan on coming home this summer. Recently engaged, she decided to spend her time in Mexico. But on a whim, she rushes home, breaking things off with Enrico. Then she hears the news that her father plans on selling the orchard and its decrepit house to retire. Her heart breaks twice over the summer and she desperately needs something to help her heal. <BR/><BR/>Together the girls have one more summer on the orchard while they deal with their lives in separate ways. Friendship, love, and survival guide the girls together. <BR/><BR/>Jodi Lynn Anderson wraps up her amazing trilogy wonderfully, leaving readers fully satisfied.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

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    PEACHES SERIES ROX THE HOUSE!!!!!

    I absolutely love the Peaches series! I read all of them, and they were all so good! I LOVE the plot line, the characters are awesome too!!! I really hope that Jodi Lynn Anderson comes out with another!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Great read

    Amazing series of three girls finding out who they are and friendship

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Click here :)

    If you luved this series(i did) then i would recommend the ttyl series. Ttyl, ttfn, and l8r g8r are books about three girls trying to prove that high school friendships CAN last. Enjoy!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    To all dingbats who say something bout ending

    Please, dont ruin the book by sharing your opinion about the ending, especially in the title. I know not to click on the review if it says something like "____ ending" but when you say something aout the ending in the title, all hope is lost. Just dont say anything like that at all anyway. I give this book a 3 because it was a solid series so far, but not my absolute favorite. I havent read the third book yet, but I figure that if you read the first two, you most likely dont need a review to decide whether or not to read the third.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Loved this Trilogy

    Thank you B&N for finally adding the third and final book to nook! This was a fun light heart series and I would highly recommend to all. To me however it appears the author rushed through the final book (196 pages) All the girls stories were completed and you were not left on a ledge but the author wasted no time finalizing this series. Enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Good

    I read and loved the first two books. This one, was almost as good as the first two. I was disappointed with the ending. I had hoped for a happily ever after. It was still an incredible book.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!

    This seriesbis the best i have read next to twilight. The constant issues that pop up in each girls lives wants to make you keep reading, but once the book is over, you are like omg i wanna read the next one. This book was my favorite out of the whole series. I would definitely recommend it to people who have read the othet two books.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    It looks really good

    I just downloaded the sampe and it was rrally good. Sure i was disapointed when all i could read was a few ges. But im going to buy the full book. I cant wait.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    good book but dissapointing ending

    this book and series was good, but I dont think I gainedany knowledge or lifetime experience from it. It was good in a way of friendship but at theend of the book in the epilogue one of the girls lost most of everything she loved and ended up being lonely. how pathetic is that! This series could be compared to the sister hood of the traveling pants, but I think that the sisterhood of the traveling pants is much better with a better plot. Over all this book was ok, but i felt like i couldnt wait to just finish it and move on to a different book

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    A great series

    I have yet to read this but the other two books were great! When I found out this is the last book in the series I whispered to myself "I just died a little inside" I would suggest this book to anyone who wants a good book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Great book

    Great series, sorry it has ended.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    The Perfect Ending

    Love and Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson was the perfect ending to the wonderful Peaches series. The story ties up all the loose ends and has a sweeter than peaches finish. In the book, Leeda, Birdie, and Murphy are thrown into some crazy situations but together they are strong enough to handle what they need to. Jodi Lynn Anderson ends the Peaches series by writing an amazing book that will make friends closer. You will be thinking, "If these girls can handle this than my friends and I can get over what's going on in our lives." Love and Peaches is a definite read for anyone who has read the other 2 previous Peaches books.

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  • Posted January 10, 2009

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    LOVED IT!

    This was a really good book my fav. out of the series. She is a really good writter. My fav. characters are Birdie, Enrico, and Grey. You should really read them, they were as good as Twilight.

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

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    GREAT BOOK!!!

    This book was amazing. This whole series was amazing. Thsi book shows the three girls that everything works out the way its suppose to but at the right time. Murphy trys to aviod Rex but that get destroyed. Birdie gets wrapped up in a relationship that is really a escape. Lydia (forgot the name) finds herself in the process of taking care of lives. The three girls have a great life that only gets better or more interesting. Who ever read this knows that they should buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    i love these books

    i love all the peaches books they are heart warming and show you what true friends are for.jodi lynn anderson is a great author and really is passonit about her work.

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