The Rock Orchard

The Rock Orchard

by Paula Wall
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The Rock Orchard by Paula Wall

Some women can touch a man and heal like Jesus. The man who sees sunrise from a Belle woman's bed will swear he's been born again.

When it came to men, Charlotte Belle strictly ascribed to the law of catch and release. As soon as she could get a man out of her bed, she threw him back in the stream. No, Charlotte did not need a man. She had money. She had her driver, Mr. Nalls, for heavy lifting. Sex? Her pond was well stocked. What else does a woman need a man for? And so it comes as quite a surprise to Charlotte that she can not stop thinking about the Reverend Thomas Jones.

In The Rock Orchard, debut novelist Paula Wall uses sexy, lyrical prose — and throws in a dash of magic — to create a truly unique and hysterical love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743496230
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 01/03/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 573,260
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Paula Wall is the author of two collections of short pieces, My Love Is Free...But the Rest of Me Don't Come Cheap and If I Were a Man, I'd Marry Me. The latter was a semifinalist for the Thurber Prize. She currently lives outside of Nashville in a converted barn on 150 acres at the foot of the Highland Rim. Her nearest neighbor is one mile down the road, which, frankly, is a little too close for comfort. The Rock Orchard is her first novel. Visit her website at


Nashville, Tennessee

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Clarksville, Tennessee


B.S., Environmental Science, Austin Peay State University

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paula Wall did a superb job of telling the story of the Belle Women in the South...this novel delivers in so many ways: A great Story, well drawn and believable characters, sexual tension, love, hatred, compassion, and passion. I can't wait to read her other novels
Silvermoonstone More than 1 year ago
The Belle women are fantastic. Paula Wall's book was so good, I honestly had a hard time putting it down. It was an impulse buy due to good reviews and it being in a bargain bin. I picked it up to read a chapter before going to bed and was engrossed within the first few pages. Ms. Wall's characters are bursting with life and personality. You wish you lived there so that you could know these women and sense just a little of their allure and magic. Please write some more!!
moonsib More than 1 year ago
I first got this book on casette tapes, listened to the story twice, then had to buy the book to savor every sentence. Thoroughly enjoyable, great characters, and a book I will re-read when I need a dose of this author's clever turn of phrase and a good laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So, I am in a book club with several good friends. It was my turn to pick a book and I headed to the bookstore. Instinctively, I picked this one up right away because I am familiar with her work, being that I am from her hometown. I carried it around while browsing but finally decided this was going to be my choice for the month. I took it home, started reading and absolutely did not want to put it down. The characters were rich and entertaining and the setting was amusingly familiar. Rarely do you get to read a book that is so sassy and poignant all at the same time. I hated for it to end and look forward to reading more about the Belle Women and the citizens of Leapers Fork. I know I made an excellent selection as I am already getting good reviews from my fellow members! This one is definitely recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly entertaining book you will struggle with having to put it down for even a moment! I can only hope that the author is in the process of writing another book soon, we need more like her! Great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paula Wall creates a zany, small town you can get lost in. Sit down for a fun ride that delivers not only great one-liners, but you will find yourself amazed at the end the complexity of the characters you thought were there just for your entertainment. I can't wait for her next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It has all the elements you would expect in a novel about fiesty southern women; laugh at loud humor, drama, mystery, and spicy sex. Once I started reading I could not put the book down! It will captivate from start to finish. Buy this book you won't be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As steamy as an August night in New Orleans, 'The Rock Orchard' is built around the life stories of three generations of strong-willed, highly complex and totally bewitching Belle women and the men who love them and who find hope and salvation in such unlikely love. The humor, clever use of metaphor, witty turn of phrase and double entendre, combined with Biblical allusions, are gen-u-ine, 100-Proof Paula Wall. Totally Southen and extremely sensual, 'The Rock Orchard' has multilevels of meaning which come together to make it as rich, mysterious and irresistible as Western Kentucky burgoo. So pour a glass of sherry, sit back and savor every word. And don't give the book away--you'll want to read it over and over, enjoying it more each time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most hilarious books I have ever read but full of wisdom and quotable lines. LOVED each and every character! I would recommend this book highly and remind you of the old saying, "If you love Southern women, raise your glass. If you don't, raise your standards."
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CathyB More than 1 year ago
Characters, characters, characters. We certainly get our fill of them from this debut novel. Ms. Wall is quite adept at character development. The writing was beautiful and the story unpredictable and amusing. Who would have a child's birthday at a cemetery? The Belle sisters of course - they may even dance naked!! These are strong, intelligent women who pull you into their lives and may change your perspective. I enjoyed this book and recommend to those looking for a laugh or just to feel good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this audio book, but to be honest I am not sure which was the best part, the reading or the story. The narator really is a wonderful window into the characters but the characters where certainly very colorful and entertaining. I may very well listen to it again, and I don't usually do that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Alice Hoffman, you'll like this one. I find the Bell women enchanting in every way. I feel sorry for the student who is also a writer who couldn't just have fun with this one and couldn't appreciate this as a good time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Paula Wall¿s debut novel, The Rock Orchard, is akin to sitting down to a Sunday dinner with Southern fried chicken, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes and `nana puddin¿ for dessert. The Belle women, Musette, Charlotte, Angela and Dixie Cup, of Leaper¿s Fork, Tennessee, are at first glimpse, an odd family of enormously rich, freethinking and determined females. Stunningly beautiful, they tend to be the frosting on every man¿s desirability cake. The ultra-strong Charlotte and Angela Belle are both surrounded throughout by an array of memorable characters that provide both texture and flavor and move the plot along at atypically Southern speed. The Yankee doctor, Adam Montgomery, has chosen medicine for all the wrong reasons and sets up practice in Leaper¿s Fork hoping to be a big fish in a little pond. The beautiful Lydia is his vacuous trophy wife. Widowed Baptist preacher, Thomas Jones, comes to town to replace the hellfire and brimstone spouting Reverend Lyle. Disillusioned with life, apathetic Thomas walks around like a corpse until he sets eyes on Charlotte Belle. Before he can recite the Ten Commandments, his charisma peaks along with his libido and the church pews begin to fill. Boone Dickson, the handsome young Jack-of-all-trades, is dirt poor and hails from the wrong side of town. He is blessed (or cursed) with an enigmatic animal magnetism that ultimately lands him a welcomed spot inside the good doctor¿s mansion, if only in the closet. Throughout the book, Wall deftly strings together complete opposites. The rich and poor, black and white, good and evil, even holier-than-thou and cynical non-believers. Wondering how these characters can possibly blend, will keep you turning pages. It is a beautifully written book by a serious writer who knows when to inject a line or two of humor, when to take her characters down a notch or two or snatch `em bald-headed. Wall is adept at lacing plot and characters together so that the story comes out just right. The Rock Orchard is indeed comparable to Sunday dinner in the South. While you perceive a variety of textures and tastes awaiting your palate, you somehow intuit that, by the end of the meal, every morsel will have gone down as easy as cornbread and buttermilk.