"The Orchardist" might be one of the most popular woman's reading group novels in a long time.
The book was recommended to me from someone who read it in a reading group.
Talmage and his family travel from the Oregon Territory to an area where he and his mother are able to successfully plant an orchard and exchange the products grown for the goods of others for barter for items needed for their livelihood.
Two young girls arrive at his orchard and one stays. A baby is born and the girl likes to go to the mountains with other men to capture horses. This woman's sister's daughter, Angeline, stays with Talmadge through the years.
The book is very literate and presents a realistic slice of life.