Love And Peaches Paperback – Nov 4 2009
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About the Author
Jodi Lynn Anderson is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofPeaches,The Secrets of Peaches,Love and Peaches,Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets.
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Leeda expects to be gone within two weeks, back to the city and her boyfriend. The reading of the will changes her plans and potentially her life's direction.
Murphy's trying to run away from her feelings about a certain boy she left behind at the end of last summer. Will she see him again this year and, if she does, what is there left to say?
Birdie didn't plan on coming home this summer. Recently engaged, she decided to spend her time in Mexico. But on a whim, she rushes home, breaking things off with Enrico. Then she hears the news that her father plans on selling the orchard and its decrepit house to retire. Her heart breaks twice over the summer and she desperately needs something to help her heal.
Together the girls have one more summer on the orchard while they deal with their lives in separate ways. Friendship, love, and survival guide the girls together.
Jodi Lynn Anderson wraps up her amazing trilogy wonderfully, leaving readers fully satisfied.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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This was a great end to the Peaches series. I have enjoyed all 3 of the Peaches books and hated to see them end, but was very satisfied with the way it ended. There was some surprises and some things that I saw coming...my favorite was how Leeda's story was wrapped up...her finding herself. Murphy's story wrapped up with a happy surprise and offered a new side of her. Birdie's, while probably the saddest of the 3, still ended well. And I loved the new characters that were introduced and also the back-story on Leeda's gradmom.
Super book...I would recommend!!
The whole peaches series is probably one of my favorite series. This review is for all three books in the series.
I love all three main characters, I love the setting, I love the side characters, I love their problems, and I love how all of those things just wrap up in a story together.
Birdie is the glue who holds everyone together, and Lena & Murphy are these two chaotic forces with problems neither of them really know how to fix.
I really liked how flawed each character is, and how they each hole themselves up inside themselves, but somehow when they're together they see beneath that.
The settings are amazing, suited to each girl's personality, yet they all come together at the orchard.
The side characters don't seem like minor characters because they each are full of personality.
Romance in this is not a major event, nor is it minor, which I liked because it shows that the girls do care about having a relationships, but their relationship is not the only subject of their life.
Finally I love how each girl grows, and how they each start to gain little tidbits of each others personality, whether that is good or bad.
All in all this series will fill you with such good, and sweet feelings.
I wouldn't say it is a deep read, nor would I say it was light as the girls do have problems.
I would say it is the perfect book series to read for a car ride, because it gives you a really good feeling at the end because not everything goes perfectly, not everything wraps up neatly, yet just enough good things happen that you are satisfied.
The only reason I gave it four stars is because it could have had more depth, I think deep reads are my favorite, as they make me think more. But I think it would've compromised some of the happy, sweet, light feeling during this book, and that is one of the reasons I liked it so much.
The three girls brought together in Book One by a peach orchard are back: Murphy, a free spirit who can't admit to herself her own longings for stability; Birdie, whose love of the orchard first elevated her but now begins to get in her way; and wealthy, perfect Leeda, whose desire to please her high-pressure family has slowly begun to crack through her association with the other two girls.
In this book, each of the threesome continues to deal with love and yes, peaches. It sounds soap opera-ish to ask, Will Murphy go back to Rex? Who is her father? Will Birdie marry Enrico? Will Leeda keep pleasing her mother? But in Jodi Lynn Anderson's hands, these potentially hackneyed questions become something fresh and lovely. As a reader, it's easy to think you can predict the outcomes, but you will be wrong about a few, if not all, of them. It's nice to be surprised by a book.
Anderson also plays with some interesting ideas. Leeda sees her tendency to be uncertain as a failing: "Murphy says not having a niche is my niche," she explains apologetically. But the new, less-polished guy she meets while caring for her late grandmother's surprising bequest has this to say: "Maybe figuring it out is...I don't know, what it's all about. Constantly deciding. And you're true enough not to decide anything before you're ready, and you don't want to lock yourself into a box. Maybe it's the sure people who are missing out."
Murphy, for her part, gives a whole new meaning to fear of commitment. Truly--she makes you reenvision that fear as she thrashes about, trying to deal with what she does and does not know, feels and does not feel.
In fact, none of the girls are sure what they want in this book. I like how the author brings up the possibility that much of life may be about finding questions rather than answers.
Jodi Lynn Anderson's language is beautifully wrought, more so than that of most writers working in the field. She also weaves symbols gracefully through the book, from large images like the peach orchard to smaller images like kissing chickens.
Which reminds me: moments of humor mixed with tenderness further enrich the story. My favorite line is about Miss Piggy, though the white pants are a close second.
It's difficult for writers to convey life lessons without being offputting or didactic, but the characters in Love and Peaches are so real, yet unexpected, that you may just feel like you're growing right along with Birdie, Murphy, and Leeda. Ripening like a perfect peach.
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