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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Patty's Pick #2 (08/15/13) The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin was one of those richly detailed books that sneaks up on you and you realize you are hooked! Loved the vulnerability of the characters and thought  it appropriate that the subject of human trafficking/bondage was one of the themes flowing thru it. Talmadge was one of those quiet, good men that we are all lucky to know. The steady influence of him on Angelene produced a thoughtful and secure adult. Angelene's thought toward the end of the novel sums it up best - "she opened the cabin door and saw the sky just off the porch. The stars so thick and close you could walk right into them. Those times she thought that if she could remember the stars, she would be all right." I would have loved to know more of what happened to her after Talmadge's death but that was not the purpose of this novel. That, to me, though is a good sign when you want to read more about the characters. The use of the sense of smell was interesting and helped me feel familiar with the setting even though I have never been to the Northeast. Definitely one for your shelves!