The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice (July 2, Pamela Dorman Books – Penguin) is out this week, and it is on the list of my summer reads. In fact I read the first chapter, and not having read the book synopsis, I was stunned and completely unprepared for what happened. It quite literally starts off with a bang that the rest of the book will have to deal.
Check out my interview with Luanne Rice from two years ago and enter to win a copy of The Lemon Orchard with its own tote bag. Could it be more perfect encouragement to take on a trip to the beach?
Publisher’s Description: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.
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