The Orchardist, a debut novel by Amanda Coplin, is historical fiction at its best.

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Amanda Coplin

I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction. Not only that, I am often disappointed when I can figure out what's going to happen from a mile away. But this is historical fiction at its best, in which you are so swept up in the characters' lives that you can't predict the many changes that unfold.

This debut novel is so well written, you will find yourself transported, body and soul, to the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century. There you'll meet William Talmadge, a reclusive man who tends his apple and apricot orchard with the tenderness of a father. And a father at heart he is when this compassionate soul provides shelter to two young runaway women from hardscrabble lives.

You'll be caught up by other characters whose solitary lives weave together in surprising ways. When tragedy strikes, you'll be riveted by circumstances that take William from his orchard out into the world and back again in surprising ways. This is one satisfying, suspenseful novel that is simply the best book I've read in a very long time.

#34750 - Paperback Book - 426 pgs
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