Friday Book Love – The Orchard House

Friday Book Love

The Orchard House

 

by Heidi Chiavaroli

My Review

A stunning, emotional and uplifting split time fiction read with a raw and honest look at what makes a family amid the aftermath of betrayal and domestic abuse.

I absolutely loved the Louisa May Alcott connection as well as the connection she has with two sisters who have had a riff in their relationship for almost 20 years and are brought together again over family illness and the discovery of a young 19th century woman’s friendship with Alcott. Amazing story by one of my favorite authors. Simply an unforgettable novel!

About the Book

Concord, Massachusetts

2001
Abandoned by her own family, Taylor is determined not to mess up her chance at joining the home of her best friend, Victoria Bennett. But despite attending summer camp at Louisa May Alcott’s historic Orchard House with Victoria and sharing dreams of becoming famous authors, Taylor struggles to fit in. As she enters college and begins dating, it feels like Taylor is finally finding her place and some stability . . . until Victoria’s betrayal changes everything.

1865
While Louisa May Alcott is off traveling the world, Johanna Suhre accepts a job tending Louisa’s aging parents and their home in Concord. Soon after arriving at Orchard House, Johanna meets Nathan Bancroft and, ignoring Louisa’s words of caution, falls in love and accepts Nathan’s proposal. But before long, Johanna experiences her husband’s dark side, and she can’t hide the bruises that appear.

2019
After receiving news of Lorraine Bennett’s cancer diagnosis, Taylor knows she must return home to see her adoptive mother again. Now a successful author, Taylor is determined to spend little time in Concord. Yet she becomes drawn into the story of a woman who lived there centuries before. And through her story, Taylor may just find forgiveness and a place to belong.

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About the Author

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut.

Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. For more information, visit www.heidichiavaroli.com

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?

2 Comments

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    I have not read this yet but it is on my TBR Mountain!

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