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The Rock Orchard: A Novel | [Paula Wall]

The Rock Orchard: A Novel

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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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 Daniel's 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 a story of community strength, the might of God, and the ultimate power of extraordinary women. An American Booksellers Association (ABA) TOP 10 PICK.

©2005 Paula Wall; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"A wonderfully endearing story of love, life, and change... Wall's extraordinary and original style is the icing on one very enticing cake." (Booklist)
"The most unlikely things grow in The Rock Orchard: prosperity, love, faith and friendship...and some deep Southern characters whose turns of phrase and approach to life will have you laughing out loud. Paula Wall's created a crystalline world so full of one-of-a-kind characters... you can't help but enjoy your visit." (Jodi Picoult)
"A delicious tale... Authentic, romantic and beautifully told." (Adriana Trigiani)
"Fast, funny and surprisingly fresh." (Kirkus Reviews)

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