The Orchard

  • by Theresa Weir
  • Narrated by Ellen Archer
  • 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Orchard is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed.
Married after only three months, young Theresa finds life with Adrian on the farm far more difficult and dangerous than she expected. Rejected by her husband's family as an outsider, she slowly learns for herself about the isolated world of farming, pesticides, environmental destruction, and death, even as she falls more deeply in love with her husband, a man she at first hardly knew, and the land that has been in his family for generations. She becomes a reluctant player in their attempt to keep the codling moth from destroying the orchard, but she and Adrian eventually come to know that their efforts will not only fail but will ultimately take an irreparable toll.

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Enjoyable and tearful

If you could sum up The Orchard in three words, what would they be?

Passionate, sorrowful, thought-provoking


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I loved this book. Each of us has our own ups and downs in life and this family is no different. Their story is moving and makes the reader think of consequences following action. I had a lot of things that this story made me think about. I wish so much their story could be different, I don't enjoy reading of another's pain but I do enjoy seeing how they overcome adversity.

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- Tina "I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel."

Not your usual girl meets boy story

I don't generally listen to a lot of nonfiction. However, I enjoyed this real life story that had somewhat of a fiction feel. The story of how these two people meet and the direction their lives take is unexpected and doesn't end with everything tied up in a neat little bow. The story draws you in and you want to see how it all ends. Not to give too much away, but while there are definitely some heartbreaking moments I felt this was ultimately an uplifting story.

I enjoyed the information on what it takes to run an orchard and you'll never look at an apple the same way after this story.

If you want to listen to a story of a real life relationship including the good and the bad then this story is worth a listen.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio