From bestselling author Luanne Rice—a captivating and sexy novel of love, both enduring and unexpected

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Year after year, Luanne Rice’s fans eagerly await her next book. Their enthusiasm is soon to be rewarded with The Lemon Orchard, Rice’s romantic new love story between two people from seemingly different worlds.

In the five years since Julia last visited her aunt and uncle’s home in Malibu, her life has been turned upside down by her daughter’s death. She expects to find nothing more than peace and solitude as she house-sits with only her dog, Bonnie, for company. But she finds herself drawn to the handsome man who oversees the lemon orchard. Roberto expertly tends the trees, using the money to support his extended Mexican family. What connection could these two people share? The answer comes as Roberto reveals the heartbreaking story of his own loss—a pain Julia knows all too well, but for one striking difference: Roberto’s daughter was lost but never found. And despite the odds he cannot bear to give up hope.

Set in the sea and citrus-scented air of the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains, The Lemon Orchard is an affirming story about the redemptive power of compassion and the kind of love that seems to find us when we need it most.

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  • Vallati,Julia

    oh this novel is going to be great .i am loving it ,what a twist mexico?

  • Lisa Buie-Collard

    Have it on my wish list!

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  • Holly Scheibner

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have read all of your books and have been waiting for the next. Love them all!

  • Alicia Mylott

    Without hope, we are nothing…Roberto’s hope of finding his daughter binds him and Julia together in their loss of their most precious gift–a daughter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.downs.75 Linda Downs

    I am a grandmother of six and raising them … I cook, clean and make sure they have everything they need.. At night I find myself getting away into one of your books and I think it keeps me feeling young and happy. When the children are in bed grandma gets to get away on a trip of her own in a wonderful book.. Thank you for that, I love reading your books they are the best..

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  • http://twitter.com/Vtcozy Susan Stokes

    Luanne You Never Disappoint….Now nnm

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.kinlinvassilowitch Elizabeth Kinlin Vassilowitch

    Can’t wait to read your next book!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lsntg2005 Linda Santiago

    I love all of your books…. You are the reason I love to read and write….

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  • Kathy Blevins

    I love how your books take me to places I can only dream of going to! Please keep the stories coming!

  • Maggie T

    I can’t wait for another book! I have them all :)
    I live in Clinton CT and you write of “home” :)

  • Ann Csmpbell

    I have been love in your books for years

  • Denise Tomasura

    I love all your books. I collect them. I can’t wait to get this one.

  • Kathy Hopper

    I look forward to every new book. I love the settings and how your characters come alive. Thank you for providing me with such enjoyment. I work in a library, and always suggest your books when patrons are looking for a great book.

  • Carol Holdstock

    I just finished The Lemon Orchard and enjoyed it so much.
    A bittersweet story for sure.

  • Mia Chamberlin

    I love your work and own many of your book’s. I am sure you already know about a type on page 231 where Lion is driving away from Shutters Hotel, you write he is on “Ocean Drive”, when it should be Ocean Avenue.

    Big fan, life long Santa Monica resident.

    Mia Chamberlin

  • Angela Mannino

    How did I not start reading your books sooner?? I just finished The Geometry of Sisters a little while ago and before that I read The Lemon Orchard. I loved them both! I found The lemon Orchard especially touching and deeply thought provoking, I was fascinated by the immigrant story and could not put the book down! I am sad knowing that soon I will have read all your books and then where will I be???

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  • Forsyth

    I read “The Lemon Orchard” in one sitting last Sunday, under a tree behind the house I share with the man I’m romantically involved with, who just happens to be a Mexican from a small town outside Puebla and who traveled through the Arizona desert to get to the US, just like Roberto and his father. Like Roberto’s father, Lorenzo made the heart-wrenching decision to leave his children in the care of his mother and sister to make a better life here and to send them money for school and food. Unlike Roberto’s father, he is not able to travel to Mexico to see them because it’s too dangerous to travel back and forth and the coyotes cost too much. I’d like to thank Luanne Rice for using the powerful medium of fiction to tell a story that is familiar to many of us “educated women involved with laborers” (paraphrasing from the book) who live in the shadows and keep quiet because of the very real fear of repercussions from “harboring illegal aliens.” I have become a Luanne Rice fan for life!

  • Laurie LaRiviere

    LOVE Luanne’s books, every single one! My first was Little NIght, and I have read just about every one since then. My fave being Follow the Stars Home. The Lemon Orchard sounds marvelous and I can’t wait to read it!

  • Diane Oxford Whitmore

    I just finished reading The Lemon Orchard. Beautiful story and bittersweet. Please don’t leave it there. A sequel about Julia and Roberto, please!!!

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