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.
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by Luanne Rice
"Julia, the niece of a lemon orchard owner, and Roberto, the orchard farm manager, are drawn to each other after discovering theyOve both lost daughters in tragic circumstances. Blair BrownOs strong, smooth voice engages the listener, bringing out the undercurrent of grief in the protagonists in addition to the uneasiness that arises from their differing social levels. BrownOs Spanish accent is credible, and she offers solid portrayals of the many male and female characters. Her pacing and modulated tones are especially effective in conveying the suspense of JuliaOs search for RobertoOs daughter, the harrowing experiences of Mexicans illegally crossing the border, and the fear that persists even after they are in the United States. M.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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