THE ORCHARD HOUSE

May 21, 2021

MY THOUGHTS

Little Women is my absolute, hands down most favorite novel ever.  So I knew The Orchard House was going to be a huge hit for me.  I thoroughly enjoyed this time slip novel.

The relationship between the two best friends Taylor and Victoria was very heartwarming and I equally liked the friendship between Louisa and Johanna. Johanna takes a job in Concord helping Louisa’s aging parents.   Shortly after arriving at Orchard House Johanna meets Nathan Bancroft.  Johanna falls in love with him and accepts his proposal, brushing aside Louisa’s warnings of him. The story of the happenings in their lives was believable and completely realistic. This is a story of the past, present and future generations, the importance of friendship and family and the need for forgiveness.

I loved the dual timeline, and the way the author merged them together was so amazing.  The flow ness of the stories was both enthralling and entertaining.  The characters were well developed and the way the author transports you to not only 1865 but makes you feel like you are actually in Concord, Massachusetts.  Well done Heidi Chiavaroli, this book was an extraordinary read and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


ABOUT THE BOOK


THE ORCHARD HOUSETHE ORCHARD HOUSE
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Published by Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Pages: 410
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Two women, one living in present day Massachusetts and another in Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House soon after the Civil War, overcome their own personal demons and search for a place to belong.

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.

About Heidi Chiavaroli

Heidi Chiavaroli (pronounced shev-uh-roli…sort of like Chevrolet and ravioli mushed together!) wrote her first story in third grade, titled I’d Cross the Desert for Milk. It wasn’t until years later that she revisited writing, using her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!

Heidi writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write split time stories. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high-school sweetheart and husband of seventeen years. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Heidi is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

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