What I’m Reading: The Orchardist

I finished an audio book last week.  It was The Orchardist: A Novel (P.S.) by Amanda Coplin.


It’s a book I have been listening to while I have been quilting the last four or more quilts on the quilting machine.

Did I love the book…No.  Did I like the book…I really can’t say I did.  It was just a book.  I kept waiting and waiting for the twist or turn in the plot but it never really happened.  I guess as I look back on the book, I don’t even know that there was a plot.  I think maybe I have read too many mystery books.  They seem to be telling the story and then all at once everything comes together with one or two sentences and suddenly it makes sense that there was a slow part to the book.  That didn’t happen with this book.  There was no “ending”.  It just ended.

About half way into the book, I thought….maybe I should just quit.  They I thought…no something will happen.  It never did.

Rather than a book with a story, this was more like a slice of someone’s life.

I don’t recommend it….If I were reading it, I would have never stuck with the book.  I looked at Amazon to see what others were saying about it…the book actually has four stars…I guess I missed something.

Has anyone else read it?  What did you think?

To see what others are reading check out Patchwork Times’ Whatcha Reading post.

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6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Orchardist

  1. Lisa B

    Thanks for the heads up about the book. I don’t like novels that take a slice of a persons life and describes it with no real story line. Gap Creek was like that. I finished reading it for the same reasons you described, thinking it would eventually have a point or purpose. Very disappointing to spend time on a book that I don’t really enjoy.

  2. Quilt Hollow

    Jo, awhile back you had a tutorial for a light bar on your longarm. Now that I left my awesome quilt studios great lighting I would like to see what you did. Thanks!

  3. Gail in Idaho

    I probably would choose this book according to the rating you mention, but I’m glad that you gave your opinion. After hearing your review, I would probably pass it up! Thanks for sharing!

  4. toastytolstoy

    I read this book for my book club, and I’ve got to say I agree with Jo. There was something lacking and I never really felt drawn in to the book. The closest thing that Coplin had to a plot pittered out without having come to a real climax. The idea was interesting, but the execution was wanting. Also, I kinda got annoyed that Coplin used the word “sated” a little too often. Using a word like that 3+ times in a novel is obnoxious. There are lots of synonyms for the term. The English language is cool like that.

    Sorry, but that’s just a pet peave of mine. :)

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