“Very interesting book set in Washington state. A bit slow moving but showed the frailtys of human emotion and it's strong points. I really got involved with the lives of the characters. ”Wendy S wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this slow and haunting novel of simpler times. It was not the type of book I could quickly forget when I finished it.
Beautiful writing and powerful images made this story stand out to me. The strong focus on the orchard and the depiction of quiet, solitude, and scents, almost made it seem like another character.
There were parts that were heartbreaking and some disturbing personalities that I keep thinking about.”
“A very unusual book. I always enjoy reading a book with a unique story. Although the ending was a little disappointing. It is worth the read.”RuthAnn Alexander wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read some of the reviews for this book and they were all over the place. I wanted to take those that said it was "boring" or "slow" or "ponderous" or "too detailed" and shake them. I don't think they get it. This is not an action-adventure book. It is a book about people who have lived hard lives and how they cope with what happens. It is about what is going inside of them.
I thought the book was very good. It is indeed long, and there were some passages that moved slowly, but I think it was a marvelous first book for this author.
The thumb nail story is of Talmadge, an orchardist who lives his life in western Washington growing apricots and apples. He has had some hard knocks in his young life and has spent the rest very much alone. He has two girls, Jane and Della, enter his life as they are fleeing from a brothel where they had been held captive. He fosters them, although there is almost no vocal communication between them. None of them have the skills.
Eventually, he raises the baby girl of Jane, Jane takes her own life, and Della moves on. Yet the tied that he feels for Della overshadows everything else in his life. He loves the child, Angelene, but feels responsible for Della.
It is all very complicated and certainly not a normal relationship in any way. It is a sad book - these are really good people who don't know how to form relationships. I thought it was masterfully done. But, it is sad!
This is not a book for everyone - but I enjoyed it very much.”
“2 Stars = "It's OK."”Leese1015 wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting characters. Plot a little thin and drags at times. End was unsatisfying because you don't know what kind of life the main character has.”pat m wrote this review Sunday, October 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Couldn't finish, only made it a third through...i was bored”Sharon M wrote this review Saturday, October 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Unrelentingly sad, but very well-written and great character development.”Jill Holup wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“abandoned this--just not understanding why I should care about characters”Ref Girl wrote this review Saturday, September 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm not sure what the message was supposed to be. What I got out of it was "Life sucks and then you die". It was very depressing and no one accomplished what they set out to do. It was interesting and a good view of the early 1900s.”Colleen T wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No