“Some women can touch a man and heal like Jesus. The man who sees sunrise from a Belle woman’s bed will swear he’s been born again.”
So begins Paula Wall’s funny, poignant, and sexy novel, The Rock Orchard. Musette Belle could lay her hand on a baby’s heart and see his life as if he’d already lived it. Even in death, she continues to shock the good citizens of Leaper’s Fork, Tennessee, and her descendents are doing their best to carry on her legacy. Angela Belle, a haunting and beautiful siren, lures every man she meets into greatness, while her illegitimate and very independent daughter, Dixie, serves tea and vanilla wafers to the statue of the Confederate soldier she believes is her father. But when Charlotte Belle, a woman who would rather spend the night with Jack Daniels than any man she knows, seduces a stranger in the cemetery, it not only transforms the two people involved but the entire town.
Blending sensuality, wisdom, and wry wit to create a truly unique love story, The Rock Orchard is about the strength of community, the might of God, and the ultimate power of extraordinary women.
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"Paula Wall has become my Heroine when it comes to writing. As a friend of mine summed it up, "she slays me with her style." This is a brilliant read, with haunting characters that stayed with me for some time. This is a tale of family, love, lust, and choices - the steaming South of the 1920's is the backdrop. A must-read for anyone who desires quality writing and remarkable story-telling."
Jen (5 out of 5 stars)