It’s not often that I tell you to stay away from a book. Typically even it’s book that’s not my favorite, I make my way through it. Not this one…not this time.
I just QUIT listening to the audio book At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier.
I was trying and trying to think how to write how I felt about the book (for the part I actually read). Then when I went to see how many star Amazon readers gave the book I saw a review that included this…“The story was dismal, and the characters were for the most part despicable.”
EXACTLY! That says it all EXACTLY!
Who wants to read or listen to that?
In the story the mom talks without emotion about loosing a child every other year to the “swamp fever”. She talks about hating her husband and hating her life. The husband and wife are constantly bickering-constantly trying to under mind the other. YUCK.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck – in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life.
1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert’s past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last.
Chevalier tells a fierce, beautifully crafted story in At the Edge of the Orchard, her most graceful and richly imagined work yet.”
Amazon readers said 3.9 stars….HOW, I don’t know. I refuse to even give it a star. YUCK.