The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So good, but so sad as well. Talmadge raises apples and lives alone after the death of his mother and the disappearance of his sister in the early 1900's. Two young women, both pregnant show up on his property and he cares for them from a distance, as they are very skittish and defensive.
Talmadge is a deep thinker and a kind and thoughtful man. When tragedy strikes the young women, he does what he thinks best for them.
The text is very descriptive both in the characters feelings and also about the geography of the area.
Although I felt a great admiration for the authors' writing, I felt also a huge frustration at the characters behavior.
Not a happily ever after book, but a thoughtful, realistic one.
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