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.
©2011 Theresa Weir (P)2011 Hachette Audio
I don't generally listen to a lot of nonfiction. However, I enjoyed this real life story that had somewhat of a fiction feel. The story of how these two people meet and the direction their lives take is unexpected and doesn't end with everything tied up in a neat little bow. The story draws you in and you want to see how it all ends. Not to give too much away, but while there are definitely some heartbreaking moments I felt this was ultimately an uplifting story.
I enjoyed the information on what it takes to run an orchard and you'll never look at an apple the same way after this story.
If you want to listen to a story of a real life relationship including the good and the bad then this story is worth a listen.
A quick read with interesting people and events, covering about the first 40 years of a woman's life. This straight-forward memoir held my interest and was not overly drawn out.
This was beautifully read, and beautifully written. I personally related to her story, the struggle of whether to leave or to stay. But I think she touches hearts on many levels. She eloquently raises awareness about pesticides. She truly is the next Rachel Carson. I was in tears at the end of the book, and didn't want it to end.
Theresa Weir is a wonderful writer. I will definitely check out her fiction. The story of her life is, on the surface, sad and tragic, and yet her prose does not make for a depressing read. Theresa Weir is a brave survivor and I admire her courage.
If you liked The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, you'll like this.
Eye-opening and little disconcerting.
A great memoir . . beautifully written. A great love story. . . I hated for it to end!
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