Title: Beyond the Orchard
Author: Anna Romer
Publishing: November 1 by Simon & Schuster
Genre: General Adult Fiction
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.1 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Goodreads’ Synopsis: Lucy Briar has arrived home in turmoil after years overseas. She’s met her fiancé in London and has her life mapped out, but something is holding her back.
Hoping to ground herself and find answers, Lucy settles into once familiar routines. But old tortured feelings flood Lucy’s existence when her beloved father, Ron, is hospitalised and Morgan – the man who drove her away all those years ago – seeks her out.
Worse, Ron implores Lucy to visit Bitterwood Estate, the crumbling historic family guesthouse now left to him. He needs Lucy to find something– an old photograph album, the very thing that drove Ron and his father apart.
Lucy has her own painful memories of Bitterwood, darkness that has plagued her dreams since she was young. But as Lucy searches for the album, the house begins to give up its ghosts and she is driven to put them to rest.
And there, held tightly between the house, the orchard and the soaring cliffs, Lucy uncovers a long-hidden secret that shattered a family’s bond and kept a frightened young girl in its thrall … and Lucy discovers just how fierce the lonely heart can be.
Beyond the Orchard is the first novel that I have read by the author Anna Romer. She is an Australian author (makes her a winner by default) and this book is mostly set in the city of Melbourne.
I am going to start off this review with one word, WOW. This book had me hooked pretty much from the beginning and didn’t let me go right until the end! I couldn’t put it down! I enjoyed every minute of it.
Beyond the Orchard was told from the point of view of Lucy Briar, a young woman who is lost and looking for answers. She comes home to Melbourne to get those answers from her Grandfather, only to find out that he has died, and she needs to go searching for herself.
In the beginning of this book I got lost a few times. Each chapter is based at a different point in time and following a large amount of different characters. Once the story started to unfold however, I managed to catch up and work out what was happening and what point in time was being focused on.
There were so many secrets in this book. Edwin Briar, Lucy’s Grandfather, was full of mystery and you needed to keep reading to find out what he has been hiding for all of those years. When you start to put it all together, its shocking!
This book has twists and turns, secrets and lies, love and betrayal, and I adored every minute of it! If you like a good mystery then I highly recommend this one.
As I said earlier, it was the first book by Anna Romer that I have read, but I don’t think it will be my last!
Thanks for reading my review of Beyond the Orchard. I hope you enjoyed it, and until next time, happy reading!
About the Author:
Anna Romer is an Australian writer. Her novels Thornwood House and Lyrebird Hill reflect her fascination with forgotten diaries and letters, dark family secrets, rambling old houses, and love in its many guises—as well as her passion for the uniquely beautiful Australian landscape. (Goodreads)
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