First Line Friday – The Orchard House

Posted January 15, 2021 by thebeccafiles in Book Review / 6 Comments

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Happy Friday!

The book I’m featuring this week is The Orchard House by Heidi Chiavaroli

The Orchard House

Baker Book House | Amazon | Goodreads

Thirteen isn’t quite grown-up, but it’s old enough for a girl to realize that hope can be a dangerous thing.

Oh my goodness y’all, I just started reading this one this week, and because I’ve had to go to work I’m only about halfway through but WOW is it good so far! Heidi Chiavaroli is proving yet again why she has secured her place as a must-read author for me. For anyone who loves story–whether that’s through reading or writing or both–this novel is sure to make you feel all the feels. I am spoiled and so I have an early copy, but it’s currently available for pre-order and will be hitting stores Feb 9. Get your hands on it! You know you want to! 🥰

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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6 responses to “First Line Friday – The Orchard House

  1. Kay Garrett

    Dave sat alone in the corner booth of the small diner. He pulled soft layers of sugary-sweet cinnamon roll loose from its thick center and dipped them in his coffee.
    SAMSON & AMISH DELILAH by Thomas Nye
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  2. “I knew there was something terribly wrong the moment I stepped foot back inside Loxby Manor – the pervasive restlessness of the servants, the strained silence of the front room”

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