Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them ! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.
This week I’m picking a book I read years ago and loved!
THE LEMON ORCHARD is where Julia finds herself five years after her daughter’s tragic death. She is staying at her aunt and uncle’s home in Malibu to house sit and has her dog Bonnie to keep her company. Julia is looking for peace and nothing more, but we all know how life goes. She is still reeling from the car accident that claimed the lives of her daughter as well as her husband. She just wants to relax and enjoy the beauty of where she is, but she keeps running into Roberto.
Roberto runs the lemon orchard and is an undocumented worker. Could there ever be two more completely different people in the same place? Roberto came from Mexico five years ago with his daughter Rosa. What happens as they are crossing the border will break your heart.
As much as Julia and Roberto both try to fight it, their attraction grows. They start spending more and more time together sharing everything with each other. When Roberto tells Julia the details of what happened and how he lost his daughter, Julia’s heart breaks for him. Both of them are so lost without their daughters. Can they help each other get through or will there be too much pain?
Julia has studied anthropology and spent time in the desert doing research. She would love to find closure for Roberto, and she just might still have the contacts to help him. After much leg work by a retired Border Patrol agent, Julia and Roberto are finally getting some answers as to what happened to Rosa. You won’t believe where this part of the story goes.
THE LEMON ORCHARD is filled with so much heart ache, loss, hope, love, forgiveness, and happiness. You will read this story very quickly, as you will have to know how it ends. You will be pulled in right from the very start, and author Luanne Rice will not let you go even after the book ends. I was very connected to Julia and Roberto and could feel their pain coming right off of the pages.
THE LEMON ORCHARD is a very haunting story. It’s a beautifully written story with gut-wrenching honesty in the portrayal of the immigration journey. I would love for there to be a sequel, but if not, it’s a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. I finished THE LEMON ORCHARD with tears streaming down my face and a huge lump in my throat.
A heartrending, timely love story of two people from seemingly different worlds—at once dramatic and romantic
Luanne Rice is the beloved author of twenty-two New York Times bestsellers. In The Lemon Orchard, one of her most moving and accomplished works yet, Rice gives us an affirming story about the redemptive power of compassion, set in the sea- and citrus-scented air of the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains.
It’s been five years since Julia’s daughter died. When she arrives to housesit at her uncle’s home in Malibu, she longs only for peace. But to her surprise, Julia becomes drawn to Roberto, the handsome man from Mexico who oversees the lemon orchard.
When Roberto reveals his own heartbreak, Julia recognizes his pain, but their stories have one striking difference: Roberto’s daughter was lost—and never found. What ensues is a page-turning search across the U.S. and Mexican border and a captivating novel of love, both enduring and unexpected.
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