Sunday, June 16, 2013

Review: THE LEMON ORCHARD by Luanne Rice

Release date ~ July 2, 2013

From bestselling author Luanne Rice—a captivating and sexy novel of love, both enduring and unexpected

Year after year, Luanne Rice’s fans eagerly await her next book. Their enthusiasm is soon to be rewarded with The Lemon Orchard, Rice’s romantic new love story between two people from seemingly different worlds.

In the five years since Julia last visited her aunt and uncle’s home in Malibu, her life has been turned upside down by her daughter’s death. She expects to find nothing more than peace and solitude as she house-sits with only her dog, Bonnie, for company. But she finds herself drawn to the handsome man who oversees the lemon orchard. Roberto expertly tends the trees, using the money to support his extended Mexican family. What connection could these two people share? The answer comes as Roberto reveals the heartbreaking story of his own loss—a pain Julia knows all too well, but for one striking difference: Roberto’s daughter was lost but never found. And despite the odds he cannot bear to give up hope.

Set in the sea and citrus-scented air of the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains, The Lemon Orchard is an affirming story about the redemptive power of compassion and the kind of love that seems to find us when we need it most.

About this author....
Luanne Rice is the author of thirty-one novels including the forthcoming THE LEMON ORCHARD (Viking/Pamela Dorman Books.) Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, twenty-two have been consecutive New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. Born and raised in Connecticut, she divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

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Review ~ 5 Stars

I am so disappointed in myself once again. Let me explain. I have read almost all of this author's work and I wait with bated breathe for the next to be released. I promise myself that this time I won't read this in one day. This time I will savor it because it will be a long wait until another comes along. So, what do I do? Yepp, I read it as fast as I could and it was over for me in 4 hours. As usual the writing was fantastic. So beautifully descriptive that I lost myself in Julia and Roberto's story. I am always amazed by the talent Luanne has to make me feel a character's emotion. To make me see their surroundings so vividly in my mind as if I am there with them. I feel as though The Lemon Orchard was quite different from her past novels. It had a lot more romance and passion which I absolutely loved. This is most definitely a tear jerker so keep that box of tissues handy. I was sobbing just reading the prologue.

Julia has lost both her husband and daughter in a terrible car accident. She needs to get away and try to heal from this devastating loss. Her aunt and uncle are leaving the country for a month and ask that she watch over their estate and lemon orchard on the west coast while they are away. Roberto is the overseer of the orchard. He too has also suffered a horrible loss. Grief has a way of bonding people together like no other. They find comfort knowing that they are not suffering alone. This was not only a love story, it had a bit of suspense as well. I found myself turning the pages faster and faster trying to learn the truth about Rosa. Although those questions were answered I feel like this wasn't the end of their story or I least I hope not anyway. Yet another brilliant novel by Luanne Rice. I expected nothing less.


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