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City girl meets apple farmer

Touching memoir has unexpected message

By Sue Baker

The Free Lance-Star

IF  YOU ARE looking for a  good “by the pool” read,  “The Orchard” is perfect. It was praised by authors and reviewers last fall, but the season in which you choose to read this gem makes no difference.  It is one of those stories that will captivate you right from the beginning.

The emotion of this unusual marriage between Theresa,  a street-smart city girl, and Adrian, an apple farmer, will compel and entice the reader  you to keep reading.

She is rejected by his family as an outsider and struggles with the isolation of rural life. Their love is tested over the years by  family, weather and an unlikely enemy, dangerous pesticides used in the orchards. One can almost smell the fumes when reading about their extreme use, not uncommon in corporate farming. Who would have thought that would ever be part of a romantic memoir?

Be prepared for tears as you walk through their lives and experience their triumph over adversity.

Sue Baker is circulation services manager  for The Free Lance–Star.

THE ORCHARD:  A MEMOIR

By Theresa Weir

(Grand Central, $24.99,  240 pp.)

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