Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: The Orchard by Krista Lynne Jensen

*****--5 stars!!
On the idyllic shores of Flathead Lake, Montana, Alisen Embry finds purpose and comfort tending her late mother’s cherry orchard adjacent to the family’s beloved lake house. Though pained by the loss of her mother and her father’s estrangement, it is Derick Whitney—the man she fell in love with four years earlier—who truly influences Alisen’s view of her future . . .
Derick and Alisen wanted nothing more than to spend eternity together; however, intolerance and secrets forced Alisen to make a shattering choice between her family and the man she loved.
But destiny always has a way of setting things right . . .
Now the Embry family has found themselves hopelessly in debt, and they realize renting the lake house is the only hope of saving the cherished orchard and family home. When Alisen discovers the new tenants have a connection to her past, her life takes an unexpected turn. Will fate find a way to reconnect what was broken so many years before? 

My Review: First of all, isn't this cover absolutely adorable??? It fits the book so well. I love the way the author weaves the story together. The setting was painted in my mind and the characters were vivid. Alisen truly finds solace (and love) in the orchard and when her father demands a choice, she feels she has to listen to duty. Alisen is so tough and committed, even without familial support. And Derick--what a guy!! My heart cracked a little bit when things took that turn.

I hated Alisen's father!! In a way, I could understand why he would act the way he did, but it really wasn't fair. I felt like giving him a talking to. Oh wait!! This is only a story--not real life. :) I just really connected to the story and felt a part of it.

I loved pretty much everything about this story--except for the father...and Will. I can't forget about that smooth-talking guy who is a little too...smooth for my taste.

Content: LDS talk, but not preachy; mention of cheating; CLEAN.

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