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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paula Wall Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9781597106542
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“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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Redgeorgiadawg | 2/18/2014

    " I laughed out loud when I read this book. I have no idea why. It is a REALLY light read! Read it in two days. If you like stories about strong-willed women, give this one a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/16/2014

    " This was fun book to read. A little slow at first but keep moving forward. This book really did make me laugh out loud. I think I will read other books by Mrs. Paula Wall, she has the sassy southern down to a point. I like the Bell women but liked the country folks more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debi Timm | 2/15/2014

    " a great escape! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/15/2014

    " A great southern tale with fun characters, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/13/2014

    " Read the book. Loved the writing style, but the story need a plot. It was more a good character sketch than a story with a beginning, middle and ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/9/2014

    " Read this for my book club; we're then reading the screenplay for the optioned novel. Surprisingly not bad. Not something I ever would have picked up on my own, then I found I had trouble putting it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 2/5/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/23/2014

    " This book sucks you in to the story from the first page. The characters are alive and so interesting! A small southern town has an interesting woman character who is different than the typical Southern Belle we've all grown up hearing about. She lives her life on her terms, along with her niece. Very very good, could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/11/2014

    " I like the fact that the plot wasn't really "introduced" until the last third of the book. The quirky characters were interesting and some of the humor was just my style. Reading a book in three hours and feeling like I know some of the characters is fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeried4 | 12/15/2013

    " Someone a book full of every cliche in the world was engaging and fun. I couldn't wait to see how it ended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Mercree | 12/10/2013

    " In heavy rotation in my reread pile. Delightful, saucy and full of southern flair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Hardin | 12/8/2013

    " Easy read! Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 12/7/2013

    " While the story itself was not terrific, I do think the author has a gift for words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Stanley | 11/25/2013

    " Well even though the second half was better than the first, I was still not impressed. There were a couple of parts that made me laugh out loud, but that's about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Brandt | 11/22/2013

    " A nice easy read. Cute story and narration. Though, it did seem like there were several stories going on that didn't seem to join together in the end. The ending seemed abrupt and strange. But never-the-less...a nice book. I have no idea where the title of the book falls into play either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 11/22/2013

    " While there were some good parts to this book, overall I wasn't crazy about it. It had too much sex/sexual innuendos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa Drelick | 10/13/2013

    " My mom passed this on saying it was "different". What needs to be recognized here is that different is not bad. I enjoyed the southern vs. northern aspect and in the end there were multiple happy endings so I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/4/2013

    " This book was very well written, they premise of the story is sometimes hard to grasp. I enjoyed it and read it quickly but it is not something i wiil forever remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/2/2013

    " I love southern writers. This was a good quirky read. I loved the characters - even those I didn't like! Serious subject with good dose of southern humor and insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Hubbard | 4/24/2013

    " Relatively low maintenance summer read. Lovely images and tight resolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Librarychic456 | 3/14/2013

    " I loved this book. It was very entertaining. The characters are memorable. It does have some language and sex but not graphic. The author is a good story teller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 2/22/2013

    " A little Alice Hoffman-esque but not as dark, and more Southern. A good summer read -- entertaining, interesting characters, not too deep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Ellis | 11/18/2012

    " Loved the story line. This book had everything from murder to romance. Once started I could hardly put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Pate | 8/15/2012

    " First novel by Paula Wall and the beginning of a sweet addiction. This woman can write like no other. I pray that she will live to be a thousand and write every second of every day. Southern fiction that defies any label. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traceeellis2 | 6/24/2012

    " Pleasantly surprised by this impromptu pick at the library. A fun read that had me chuckling throughout "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Granny J | 10/19/2011

    " Delightful romp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi Fedorowicz | 8/13/2011

    " Love this book! Another one of my favourites! Amazing characters, and character relationships. Although somewhat predictable, it is an awesome book. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 7/27/2011

    " I could not get into this book at all - so many random things going on but nothing fully developed, and no characters I could care about. The idea was interesting but the execution did not deliver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mich | 2/28/2011

    " THANKS JO! i LOVED this book as much as Garden Spells... i found myself smiling most of the way thru it!! in my other life i would choose to be a Belle!!
    great southern read!! def recommend it to ALL!!! GO GET IT NOW!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traceeellis2 | 11/16/2010

    " Pleasantly surprised by this impromptu pick at the library. A fun read that had me chuckling throughout "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 10/17/2010

    " Funny, poignant. Steamy, sexy and full of heart. Not sure how I stumbled upon this one, but it was worth it. Not on my list of best ever reads, but I am glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 2/1/2010

    " Excellent!! I laughed out loud, I cried (mostly laughed)...now I'm sad it's ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 11/24/2009

    " A book of strong female heroines. A theme of female empowerment tucked into a story of life with the non-conformist Belle women and the joy and tribulations they bring to a small southern town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 11/19/2009

    " Loved every minute of this novel. The characters are so well developed, it doesn't need a plot. The story is spellbinding, and Wall's style is addictive. Don't miss this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 11/16/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book. Strong, non-conformist women and laugh aloud wit. Easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 11/4/2009

    " While the story itself was not terrific, I do think the author has a gift for words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 11/2/2009

    " Laugh out loud phrases. A good, fast, light, read with likable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/2/2009

    " Loved this book - read it in a day! This is why I love Goodreads so much; because this is an older book I probably would never have found it in the library on my own. "

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About the Author
Paula Wall is the author of the national bestseller The Rock Orchard, as well as two collections of short pieces, My Love Is Free . . . But the Rest of Me Don’t Come Cheap and If I Were a Man, I’d Marry Me. The latter was a semifinalist for the Thurber Prize. She currently lives outside of Nashville in a converted barn on 150 acres at the foot of the Highland Rim. Her nearest neighbor is one mile down the road, which, frankly, is a little too close for comfort. Visit her website at www.PaulaWall.com.
About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.