About the book:
A deep yearning for home had led Eliza to Wyatt Orchards ten years ago. Now widowed with three young children, she faces mounting debts and the realization it is all up to her. But she has no idea how to run an orchard alone. When a stranger appears at her doorstep, Eliza guesses he is no different than the other out-of-luck characters searching for work during the Depression. But the familiarity with which Gabe tends to the farm raises unanswered questions. With a vulnerable heart, she is unwittingly drawn to his gentle ways. But Eliza also fears that Gabe hides a past and motives that could jeopardize all she has fought to attain for herself and her children....
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Lynn Austin is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
Set during the depression, after WW1, Eliza is a young widow living with her children and father-in-law. After his death, she struggles to run the family orchards on her own. A stranger appears on her doorstep, injured and looking for work. As Eliza nurses Gabe back to health, he integrates himself into her family and heart, but secrets threaten to destroy everything.
The story is told in separate parts. Eliza's story, Gabe's story and Aunt Batty's story. Aunt Batty is simply delightful.
A novel about choices and consequences, it's beautifully written, and completely captivating.
Thanks to my library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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