Thursday, April 20, 2023

Books from the Backlog - Orchard House

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow by Tara Austen Weaver

Blurb:  Peeling paint, stained floors, vined-over windows, a neglected and wild garden—Tara Austen Weaver can’t get the Seattle real estate listing out of her head. Any sane person would have seen the abandoned property for what it was: a ramshackle half-acre filled with dead grass, blackberry vines, and trouble. But Tara sees potential and promise—not only for the edible bounty the garden could yield for her family, but for the personal renewal she and her mother might reap along the way.
So begins Orchard House, a story of rehabilitation and cultivation—of land and soul. Through bleak winters, springs that sputter with rain and cold, golden days of summer, and autumns full of apples, pears, and pumpkins, this evocative memoir recounts the Weavers’ trials and triumphs, detailing what grew and what didn’t, the obstacles overcome and the lessons learned. Inexorably, as mother and daughter tend this wild patch and the fruits of their labor begin to flourish, green shoots of hope emerge from the darkness of their past.

For everyone who has ever planted something that they wished would survive—or tried to mend something that seemed forever broken—Orchard House is a tale of healing and growth set in a most unlikely place.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  This is the kind of book that I either love or hate.  I need to pick it up and see if it'll be a quick DNF or one of my favorite books of the year.


  1. Sounds like it could be a good one. I hope you like it.

  2. I hope that you get the chance to read it soon and it turns out to be a favorite! I like the sound of it!

  3. I hope you love it!
    Mary @Bookfan

  4. Well it sounds very promising - I just love the whole set up. Hope it is a total read right through.

  5. It sounds interesting, but I'll let you read it first. 🙂