I didn’t think I was going to like this book because my husband started it and read only a few chapters and then said no more. But I picked it up anyway, particularly interested in the fact that it is written by a woman from Wenatchee in my home state of Washington.
It’s rare, but it happens occasionally where my husband and I have a very different perception of a book. I loved The Orchardist.
This debut novel of Coplin follows the life of a man in the Okanagan Valley area of Washington State in the early 1800’s. Loosing his mother and his sister as a young boy, Talmadge endures his quiet and lonesome life in the orchards. Dedicated, hard-working, silent and determined. This character is what I loved most about Coplin’s plot; a quiet, shy and reserved man who deals with his own grief with solitary hard work. But his compassion is real when he takes in two run-away teenage girls, to only have their lives become entwined in ways that are both interesting and somewhat unimaginable.
Set in the rural farming country of beautiful Central Washington the story covers more than fifty years as Talmadge’s life expands from bachelor orchardist to friend, savior, father and eventually criminal, all as a result of one life-changing decision he made.
I loved all the characters in Coplin’s book; Colleen, Jane, Della, Michaelson, Cree and especially Angeline. But most of all I loved the character of Talmadge and his quiet and loyal personality.
Five stars for The Orchardist: A Novel by Amanda Coplin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Read last week’s review of Those Who Save Us