The Lemon Orchard introduces us to two lonely characters, Julia and Roberto, who have both suffered tragic losses and are trying to rebuild their lives. Five years following the death of her husband and daughter, Julia heads from the east coast to Malibu, where her aunt and uncle have an estate with a lemon orchard. While they are traveling, Julia welcomes the chance to enjoy the estate. There she meets and makes a connection with the estate manager, Roberto, after learning that they both are haunted by the experience of devastating loss in their lives. As their relationship deepens and Julia learns the details of Roberto’s loss, she is determined to find out what happened to Roberto’s daughter. This is a touching novel with vivid descriptions of settings and of characters we come to care about. Roberto’s journey through the desert is a harrowing one and illustrates a side of the immigration issue that is not often discussed. This is a beautifully written, emotionally charged and captivating novel–a story that won’t soon be forgotten.