Love and Peaches (Peaches Series #3)

Love and Peaches (Peaches Series #3)

by Jodi Lynn Anderson


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Love and Peaches (Peaches Series #3) by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060733131
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Series: Peaches Series , #3
Pages: 243
Sales rank: 660,221
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Asheville, N.C., with her husband, her son, 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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Love and Peaches 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Murphy and Leeda plan on traveling home for the summer, Murphy to escape city life and Leeda to listen to her grandmother's will.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Jodi Lynn Anderson wraps up her amazing trilogy wonderfully, leaving readers fully satisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series of three girls finding out who they are and friendship
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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. AD
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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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Ilana Sabio More than 1 year ago
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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