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THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD: A Novel ~Kate Brandes

THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD is a mix of environmental issues and how small town land owners are coping with their reduced circumstances in Pennsylvania.  The tale is wrapped around two brothers who love the same woman and were abandoned by their mother.  I was hopeful about the story and about the premise.  The descriptions were good and one could feel the trauma that the town was experiencing clearly.

The gas company, ironically called Green Energy (What a fraud – like clean coal! Good choice by the author to point out another deception) and they are purchasing lease agreements to drill for gas, pay the landowners and also do fracking within each field.  With the loss of coal production in the area, the town’s people are desperate for income and futures, many sign up for lease agreements right away.  Then occurs an accident and bad weather.

One brother is trying to save his family orchard and his wife is adopting organic measures for her section of the trees.  They want their water to remain clean.  One brother is trying to sell the gas leases.  The boys’ mother, now an environmental lawyer is called upon to help folks understand and provide a solution and reconnect with her sons.  THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD is a warm, sweet story with a bundle of deceptions.  Maybe a good Midwest story but not a very promising educational story for those who have been working on the environment and Greening our world – too wishy, washy.

Several reviewers related the story to Barbara Kingslover’s PRODICAL SUMMER; I can only feel a slight connection.  Whereas SUMMER really did dig deeply into the community feelings and frustrations, it truly added the ballast of how to help minds change and move towards reconciliation of old beliefs, economic frustrations, and the work that needs doing to protect an environmental future that “wins” for everyone – especially the earth.   Then again maybe many readers will enjoy this story because of the “love” story and the infertility issues of the main couple?   Would the story be a helpful teacher towards the environmental issues? I just do not know.

A TLC Book Tours review book.  Definitely in the Women’s Fiction category, a good read – THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD

About the Author:

An environmental scientist with 20 years of experience, Kate Brandes is also a watercolor painter and a writer of women’s fiction with an environmental bent. Her short stories have been published in The Binnacle, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Grey Sparrow Journal. Kate is a member of the Arts Community of Easton (ACE), the Lehigh Art Alliance, Artsbridge, the Pennwriters, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Kate lives in a small town along the Delaware River with her husband, David, and their two sons. When she’s not working, she’s outside on the river or chasing wild flowers.

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6 Responses to “THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD: A Novel ~Kate Brandes”

  1. Kate Brandes Says:

    Thanks so much for having my book on your blog today and also for the review. I really appreciate you reading the book and hearing your thoughts. I hope you’ll consider leaving your review on Amazon, so people can see it there also. Thanks again.

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    patricia Reply:

    Kate,
    Thank you for coming by, I love to read and I so enjoy all the books that TLC tours sends to me. I thought your story was very interesting and you did a nice job of writing and editing. I have spend 27 years working on environmental issues and trying to keep the KOCH brothers from polluting Puget Sound – it was a bit naive for my tastes and the book came at the same week that the trains that deliver organic produce to the East Coast were halted by the Coal trains – a rather violent environmental week for my State. I hope your book will change some minds and open up discussion.

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  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — This you for honest review (wishy, washy) of this book. I’m going to take a pass. I’m about to start reading “Saving Arcadia” by Heather Shumaker. It’s a story of conservation and community in the great lakes.
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    patricia Reply:

    I just had trouble connecting with this story. I liked INTEGRITY better for environmental, family story. This maybe all the environmental issues that a lot of midwest women can handle so I think many will enjoy the read very much.

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  3. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    You are welcome

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