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.
Still devastated by grief five years after the death of her husband and teenage daughter in a car accident, Julia hopes to find solitude and solace while house-sitting at her aunt and uncle s California estate. Amid the lush landscapes and lemon groves of Malibu, Julia does find these things in addition to an unexpected relationship with Roberto, who oversees the estate. Roberto, an undocumented immigrant, connects with Julia over her loss: he became separated from his young daughter during their crossing from Mexico and believes her to be dead. Julia, an anthropologist specializing in movements and migrations, thinks that the little girl is still alive and sets out to find her even if doing so means potentially losing Roberto. The plot alternates from an initially tepid pace to moments of intensity as when the estate is threatened that seem largely irrelevant to the developing narrative. Nevertheless, Rice s fans will appreciate the evocative setting and unconventional romance, as well as the harrowing, if familiar, depictions of border crossing and the fascinating parallels drawn between Julia s research interests (she studies the Irish who arrived in America over a century ago) and modern-day Mexican immigrants.
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Ended too soon
I hate a book that ends so abruptly. I wanted to know more.
The Lemon Tree
Luanne Rice has a way to pull you in to her characters and this novel is no exception !
Loved this novel
Other than the ending, I loved the characters & the mix of Spanish & English. I feared for the characters as they migrated to The U.S. Having driven thru much of the area I felt as though I were truly in Mexico. As a mom I felt Julia's pain & longing. Great novel!