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The story is centers around 2 people mourning a loss of a child. Five years earlier Julia lost her daughter in a tragic car accident and at the same time Roberto lost his daughter illegally crossing the Mexican border in the Arizona dessert. When Julia agrees to house sit for her aunt and uncle on their sprawling lemon estate she encounters Roberto, lemon orchard manager. As their relationship grows, each shares their story of loss and sadness but now are finding some happiness with each other. Julia becomes determined to learn the final faith of Roberto’s daughter Rosa.
I have forgotten how much I love Luanne Rice’s writing – The Lemon Orchard is no exception. The Lemon Orchard is a heartrending and beautifully written novel – you can’t help to get emotionally involved with each characters pain and sadness yet having hope that they will find happiness.
Ms Rice does not shy aware from some difficult subjects; the death of a child and immigration laws – it certainly made me thinks about the later in a different light.
This was an audiobook and the narrator by Blair Brown who did an exceptional job bring the story to life. Highly recommend this book whether you read or list to it.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
It was adequately narrated by Blair Brown.
Any additional comments?
I was in the mood for a light read and given the many positive reviews, The Lemon Orchard was a good choice.
Temporarily relocated to her uncle's estate in Malibu while he is away, Julia is still trying to come to terms with her grief at the death of her daughter Jenny, for which she feels responsible. She connects with the orchard manager Roberto, an illegal immigrant who suffered the loss of his daughter Rosa, conveniently also five years previously and coincidentally for which he too feels responsible.
Julia's connection and love for Bonnie, her daughter's dog is touching, but we are offered little of the intimacy of their mother/daughter relationship. Julia emanates guilt, rather than grief. On the other hand, one truly feels Roberto's grief, albeit with a strong but appropriate element of guilt too. Roberto is believable, Julia - not quite.
Both Julia and Roberto are sympathetic characters and their mutual attraction, despite the social divide is credible. Julia needs to heal herself by resolving the unknown fate of Roberto's 6-year old daughter who went missing during his aborted border crossing. Julia is conveniently placed in Roberto's orbit as this is essentially his story, not hers.
For invaluable insight into the bravery and desperation that motivate this undertaking, read Luis Alberto Urrea's "The Devil's Highway". This explicit and deeply moving account of what Mexicans go through to seek better lives for themselves and their families is an ideal companion to the Lemon Orchard and any other novel covering illegal migration from Mexico. Possibly it is this record that subliminally filled the gaps for me in The Lemon Orchard.
Luanne Rice's descriptive passages of the orchard, surrounding countryside and the fire that ravages the estate are beautifully written. Roberto is believable as a decent, hardworking man with a shadow hanging over him. Julia, however, does not fully transcend into much more than a vehicle for Roberto.
The story loses its way in the middle, but picks up towards the end for a satisfying, if predictable conclusion.
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