Summer at Orchard House: Blue Hills #1 by Ellyn Oaksmith

Summer at Orchard House: Blue Hills #1 by Ellyn Oaksmith

Ellyn Oaksmith comes to the blog with a story of family, legacy and hope with 

Summer at Orchard House

Growing up on the family vineyard overlooking Lake Chelan wasn’t easy – but love was never in short supply. But now, with their father showing early stages of Alzheimer’s and the vineyard is in trouble, Carmen Alvarez, the middle sister is the one up to bat.  Coming home to ‘make a difference’ to the house and vineyard, despite thinking she knows nothing about the business is a bold move, and she instantly feels the pressure.  More so when she reunites with her best friend Stella and discovers just how much things have changed and how much there is to do. Making everything worse, the neighboring land is also a vineyard and owned by a former Microsoft whiz kid with oodles of money to burn – and he wants the family vineyard.  

Evan has always felt ‘rootless’ and has a few happy childhood memories from vacations spent at Lake Chelan, so instantly he thought buying the vineyard would be a great move. Unaccustomed to the local residents’ views on the “microsofties’ and his flash car, not to mention his inexperience with cultivating vines or wines: he’s in an uphill battle. Sure he can hire the best available workers, and even manage to produce wine, but something is missing and he’s not in a position to make further enemies. Despite what his “business manager” suggests.  

Evan and Carmen spark off instantly – bickering, attraction and several miscommunications and their own issues keeping them apart. Until push comes to shove and the two are forced into 
close proximity to survive catastrophe and lives.  From emotionally accessible and honest characters to the power of family and friendships and the ties those engender, Oaksmith has started the story of reaching for and achieving the American Dream, and building a legacy based on that dream while keeping hope and love alive.  Easy to read, full of highs and lows, the story has moments that will enchant and frustrate in equal measures, just like every family owned and run business out there. 

Summer at Orchard House: Blue Hills #1 by Ellyn Oaksmith

Title: Summer at Orchard House
Author: Ellyn Oaksmith
Series: Blue Hills #1
Genre: Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Interracial, Latin American, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Small Town, Sociological Relevancy
Published by: Bookouture
ISBN: 1838887512
Published on: 13 July, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 350
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 38 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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The Alvarez sisters have grown up and moved away—but now their father is in crisis, the family business is collapsing and it’s time to go home to Lake Chelan.

Carmen Alvarez is the reliable one. When her vulnerable father’s livelihood is threatened, she’s the person her sisters call. Abandoning her job in Seattle, Carmen races home to the family vineyard her dad built up from nothing to set things straight. But soon she’s fallen back in love with the dusty sage hills, the turquoise blue lake, the fragrant June orchards… Maybe she’s not just home for the summer?

Standing in the way of Carmen’s happiness is one very attractive obstacle: new neighbor Evan Hollister, who’s after her dad’s land. He’s arrogant, entitled and spoiled—everything Carmen hates—and she is all set to have a bit of fun driving him out of town so things can get back to normal. She isn’t ready for their relationship to get complicated…

But Evan is the least of Carmen’s worries. The business is falling apart and it starts to look like Carmen might lose much more than just her pride: employees have quit, the bank keeps calling and everything her father worked so hard for is slipping away. As she is pushed to breaking point, Carmen will learn that her true family are the people who will see her through the worst of times, and that love can be found in the most unlikely of places.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


About Ellyn Oaksmith

I've been hooked on writing since 4th grade when my story of an alley cat was read in class as an example of a good scene setting. I just about fell off the chair in utter joy. I was a total goner when a film I'd written while at the American Film Institute was screened and people laughed. At the right places!
At Smith College I gave my professor a heart attack when I compared Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the book, to the movie.
I write every day from 10-2 although while editing, it's much longer. I live in Seattle Washington with my family and my shelter dog who is my workout partner. I love to interact with readers !

2 responses to “Summer at Orchard House: Blue Hills #1 by Ellyn Oaksmith

  1. Thanks for the wonderful review! I really enjoyed reading it and appreciate your insight into the book. So fun to experience my own work through someone else’s eyes and very please it landed well. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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