|April 23, 2015||Posted by admin under Autobiography, Biography, Family, Memoir|
Orchard House is a lovely, heartwarming story that likens gardens to families. It is a true story based on a daughter’s and mother’s journey through “rehabilitation and cultivation”.
Tara’s 70-something-year-old mother buys this old dilapidated house on a half acre of property in Seattle – partly to be close to her two grown children and her grandchildren. But she is also enthralled by the massive expanse of old grass, trees, shrubs, and vines that were obviously once a thriving garden – full of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Gardening had been a saving grace for them in the past. Tara and her mother see all kinds of potential and plan to restore the garden to its once glorious form. As they begin to weed and plant and plan this garden, Tara journeys back and forth in time giving readers a glimpse into her life — including her family hardships and struggles and how her mother used gardening as a mechanism to learn, heal, and survive.
In this book, gardening is not just a means to an end but is symbolic of life’s ups and downs and how the seasons allow for growth and renewal. Just like a garden, life is a continuous work in progress and there is always a “give and take” involved. Tara was raised in a single-parent family with her younger brother. They were never a truly close-knit family but Tara longs for this in her adult life — a chance to have that sense of community and of belonging. The garden at Orchard House may just be what this family needs.
The book is descriptively written in such a way that the reader feels they are a part of the garden where flowers, fruits, shrubs, and trees are nursed back to life. The use of words evoke vivid images full of color and flavour. It has an educational element too as readers will be sure to learn a thing or two about gardening. It’s a wonderful book about family and reflection and renewal. A story that has substance and is relatable and real. Orchard House is a must read for anyone out there who has encountered a struggle or two or who simply has an interest in families or gardens or both.
For more information about this book or to get your very own copy, visit the publisher’s website here.