The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
Publisher: Random House Audio (July 2013)
Audio Source: Publisher
Formats Available: Hardcover, Kindle, Audio
Format Read: audio book
Narrated by: Blair Brown
Running Time: 8 hours 29 minutes
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My thoughts: This story was a little heart wrenching. As I made my way through the first disk, I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to listen to it. I have a hard time with any story that deals with the loss of a child. After making my way through the first part of the story I figured out that it was more than a story about the loss of a child. It is an expression of the way life is in a large portion of this country.
Immigration is a touchy subject and Rice addresses it from a very specific side. Her presentation of immigration is thought-provoking to say the least. All politics aside, this is a story about people trying to improve their lives the best way that they know how. It’s a story of courage and perseverance for Julia and Roberto. It’s about finding the goodness in people.
I liked Blair Brown as a narrator for The Lemon Orchard. There were many characters and dialects to differentiate throughout the story and she did this with ease. Each one was a little bit different.
Here’s a sample of the audio for you to preview!
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