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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,341 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theresa Weir Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Orchard is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed. Married after only three months, young Theresa finds life with Adrian on the farm far more difficult and dangerous than she expected. Rejected by her husband’s family as an outsider, she slowly learns for herself about the isolated world of farming, pesticides, environmental destruction, and death, even as she falls more deeply in love with her husband, a man she at first hardly knew and the land that has been in his family for generations. She becomes a reluctant player in their attempt to keep the codling moth from destroying the orchard, but she and Adrian eventually come to know that their efforts will not only fail but will ultimately take an irreparable toll.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What do those perfectly round, shiny red apples really cost? This poignant memoir of love, labor, and dangerous pesticides reveals the terrible true price.”

    O Magazine

  • “Equal parts moving love story and environmental warning.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Rare and wonderful…Read it: you'll be glad you did.”

    Nicholas Sparks

  • “The past is artfully juxtaposed with the present in this finely wrought work. Its haunting passages will linger long after the last page is turned.”

    Boston Globe

  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 2/19/2014

    " After the first four vivid and disturbing pages, the book levels off as the characters fall into a mostly predictable patterns of troubled woman meets unsuitable man. In this case, the man is obsessed with his family's farm and the pursuit of a perfect apple. The dark thread of pesticide dependence begun in the beginning pages continues through the end as human consequences unfold. There was enough originality to keep my curiousity engaged in this short, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joy Azmitia | 2/18/2014

    " I rarely give out five stars but this book deserved every single one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cari | 2/1/2014

    " The Orchard was a moving, quick read. The range of emotions ran the gambit: incredulity at Theresa's childhood and own mother, lack of understanding at the negative outlook on life of Theresa's uncle, sorrow and sympathy during Theresa's loss of loved ones. It was encouraging through her perseverance of adult life on the orchard, in marriage and dealing with her mother in law along with empathy and understanding throughout her description of motherhood. The on-going discussion of pesticide use on the orchard was a view into farm life most of us who haven't lived on a fruit farm likely found disturbing and frightening- I did and it prompted a discussion about pesticide use in general on the active farms of America today with my ag knowledgeable husband. It also made me look differently at the childhood memories I have of visiting apple orchards. I hope the practices described for treating the moths on the Curtis orchard are not still common practice, but I know I will use my fruit wash more diligently from now on. Some of the snippets I will carry with me from this memoir are Theresa's on-going commitment to the family she built with Adrian, her dedication to herself in her writing and the realization that everyone has secrets they keep from the world. Theresa's past and her recognition that telling anyone about it would change their view of her, and consequently who she was, presented an angle and suggestion much of today's "narcissistic media crazed" population who bare all to the masses via Facebook and other social media should learn from. I am curious if she did anything with the knowledge of where the chemicals canisters were that Adrian confessed to her. I must also admit I was doing a mental fist pump at her parting comment to her mother in law; it sure would be nice to have the perfect response like that sometimes! I would definitely recommend this book to others and look forward to discussing it with my book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Schwanke | 2/1/2014

    " I loved this book with all my heart and soul. Period. "

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About the Author
Author Theresa Weir

Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of twenty-two books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. Her titles have been translated into twenty languages. Her memoir, The Orchard, was a 2011 O magazine Fall Pick, was number two on the Indie Next list, received a featured review in Entertainment Weekly, and was a Librarians' Best Books Pick of 2011. Her debut title was the cult phenomenon Amazon Lily. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA Award for romantic suspense for Cool Shade and a year later the Daphne du Maurier Award for paranormal romance for Bad Karma. Under the pen name Anne Frasier, her thriller and suspense titles, Hush, Sleep Tight, and Play Dead, made the USA Today bestseller list and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. Hush was a finalist for both the RITA and Daphne du Maurier awards. Frasier books have received high praise from print publications such as Publishers Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Crimespree, as well as praise from online review sites. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.