Beyond the Orchard

Beyond the Orchard

A haunting story of yearning, love and betrayal from the bestselling author of Thornwood House Lucy Briar has arrived home in turmoil after years overseas. She?s met her fiancé in London and has her life mapped out, but something is holding her back. Hoping to ground herself and find answers, Lucy settles into once familiar routines. But old tortured feelings flood Lucy?s ex A haunting story of yearning, love and betrayal from the bestselling author of Thornwood House Lucy Briar...

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Title:Beyond the Orchard
Author:Anna Romer
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Genres:Historical
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Beyond the Orchard Reviews

  • Sam Still Reading
    Oct 22, 2016
    I am an absolute sucker for novels that combine the past and present ? even better if there?s a crumbling old house, a multigenerational family mystery and some skeletons in the closet. Anna Romer?s new novel, Beyond the Orchard ticks all of those boxes for me. After a slow start...
  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    Oct 31, 2016
    ?If you could have anything at all, what would it be?? Lucy Briar returns home to Melbourne, Australia after receiving a letter from her grandfather, Edwin. Lucy?s made a life in London, has a fiancé (Adam) there, but has unfinished business in Australia. And, very quickly af...
  • Brenda
    Oct 21, 2016
    4.5?s When Lucy Briar received the letter from her grandfather she knew she needed to return home to find answers. Alex, her fiancé remained in London and when Lucy saw how happy her father was on her return, she was sorry it had been five years since she?d been home. Melbourne...
  • Kathryn
    Feb 22, 2019
    I enjoyed this, although I listened as an audiobook, and all the different time frames became a bit confusing, especially in the beginning. It might have been easier if I?d been reading as an ordinary book and could flip back to check the dates. I felt one of the characters was i...
  • Kate Forsyth
    Mar 07, 2017
    A story that moves between the past and the present, with intrigue, passion, betrayal and the metafictive use of a dark fairy-tale ? it?ll be no surprise to anyone that I loved Beyond the Orchard, the first novel of Anna Romer?s that I have read. I loved the name of the heroin...
  • Margaret
    Jul 23, 2018
    I always cringe when an author is compared to Kate Morton, those are mighty fine boots to fill and to me it?s just a setup for disappointment. That being said Australian author Anna Romer did not disappoint, this is her third book and I've loved the previous two, The Thornwood House...
  • Diane
    Jan 05, 2017
    Captivating from start to finish, atmospheric and a story that takes you right to the place of the character...and some of those places I didn't want to be in! An incredible first book for me by Anna Romer and I will follow it up with the two other books I have by this author. A great ...
  • Gaysel
    Sep 27, 2017
    Absolutely loved this story. Best of Anna Romer's novels yet .... but all are excellent. Can't wait for the next one. ...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Oct 30, 2016
    Beyond the Orchard is an historical novel with dual time frames, a crumbling estate called Bitterwood (great name right?) and family secrets of love, grief and guilt to discover. Distinctly Australian, I loved the early references to places in Melbourne I instantly recognised, inclu...
  • Tanya
    Oct 14, 2016
    Oh so many secrets! Secrets & lies & heartbreak. How much can one family endure? Another intriguing story from one of my favorite Australian authors. Any book that can keep you up late into the night & desperate to get back to when you do have to put it down for a while ...
  • Helen
    Oct 30, 2016
    Review at: http://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogspo... This is Anna Romer?s third book and I couldn?t wait to read it. I am happy to say that the high standard she set from the very beginning of her literary career has continued. What an amazing author she is proving to be, with ...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    Apr 01, 2017
    Beyond the Orchard is a sweeping saga of dark secrets, shameful lies, forgotten letters, undying love and devastating despair. Romer?s writing is rich and lyrical, her characters compelling. I love stories told in dual timelines each linking up as the mysteries unfold. Romer?s e...
  • Erin
    Mar 11, 2017
    4.5 stars. I love all Anna Romer's books, I love family history mysteries, and this is a great one. Orah's story was super interesting. I would have given it 5 stars, but I wasn't completely sold on the Lucy/Morgan relationship. ...
  • Sharon Jarvis
    Oct 29, 2016
    Loved it. This was an excellent story with lots of intrigue and atmosphere with wonderful characters. Highly recommend this novel. I am very impressed with this Australian author and look forward to reading more of her novels. Thank you to Netgalley and publisher Simon and Schuster ...
  • Deborah
    Oct 30, 2016
    In 2013 Anna Romer released her much-lauded debut novel Thornwood House. I completely missed that, but around this time in 2014 I read and reviewed Anna Romer's second book, Lyrebird Hill, a quintessentially Australian novel unfolding in two timeframes. In that review I commented on my...
  • Lee
    Nov 19, 2016
    Why is there not more of a buzz about this book? Why is Anna Romer not being lauded as the Next Big Thing by the Australian writing community? Because even though this is Romer?s third book, I can?t say I was familiar with her name and I readily admit to choosing this book because ...
  • Lynn
    Oct 10, 2016
    Beyond the Orchard is a beautifully written book alternating between the past (30?s) where secrets and lies were buried deep all in the name of love and the present (90?s) where love begins to slowly blossom and the secrets are uncovered. An enjoyable read. Beyond the Orchard is m...
  • Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
    Sep 27, 2016
    3 1/2 stars A slow burn.... My View: Anna Romer is a great story teller ? I love the way she is able to transport me back in time to a landscape and way of life that has long since disappeared. The best passages in this book I think are the descriptions relating to the early 193...
  • Joanne
    Oct 06, 2016
    Wow. What an amazingly rich and mesmerizing novel, I was hooked right from the start. The story unfolds through two different time frames and two different narrators, the shift in time and is seamless and adds a richness to the unfolding drama that is hard to resist. This is a book abo...
  • Rowena Holloway
    Oct 24, 2016
    Anna Romer?s third novel is another engrossing gothic tale of love and family and the secrets hidden within historical walls. As with her previous two novels, Romer weaves contemporary and historical family stories, and the cloth she creates for Beyond the Orchard is complex and m...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    Feb 19, 2017
    Australian gothic fiction is author Anna Romer?s speciality and in her third book, Beyond the Orchard, Romer refines her craft in this genre. Beyond the Orchard is not just an example of superb Australian gothic fiction, it is a tale of romance, family mysteries and the gentle revela...
  • Sarah Ruthven
    Oct 09, 2016
    Well the lovely Anna has done it again, another classic Australian story of love, despair, and hope. If you don?t live in Australia then reading one of Anna?s novels really does give you a feel for the Australian landscape, it?s native creatures and flora and fauna. I always lear...
  • Jane Hansen
    Oct 07, 2016
    Beyond the Orchard by Anna Romer Published November 1 2016 ? Cammeray, NSW This story follows Lucy Briar who has returned to Australia after a self-imposed exile to London for several years. She is happily engaged or so she says, but the past has been creeping back and now sh...
  • Kim (_booksarelove)
    Oct 23, 2016
    Beyond the Orchard is the first novel that I have read by the author Anna Romer. She is an Australian author (makes her a winner by default) and this book is mostly set in the city of Melbourne. I am going to start off this review with one word, WOW. This book had me hooked pretty ...
  • Theresa Smith
    Nov 22, 2016
    Beyond the Orchard captivated me right from its opening scene. A shroud of mystery hangs heavy throughout this novel, but Anna Romer skillfully parcels out what you need to know at perfect intervals. With a storyline that features multiple characters in several different eras, this nov...
  • Brittney Holmes
    Oct 07, 2016
    This is the most beautiful story I have ever read! I think it's Anna Romer's best yet! ...
  • Lady Delacour
    Apr 28, 2019
    Three interwoven stories in one. Listened with TTS Clean Mild Biblical Words. ...
  • Deb
    Sep 26, 2016
    An absolutely beautiful read ...
  • marlin1
    Sep 29, 2016
    It's 1993 and Lucy has returned to Melbourne after living in London for the past 5 years. She ran away from her attraction to older family friend Morgan and now she's back in Melbourne for family reasons. Her father is a successful novelist who rewrites fairy tales and she illustrate...
  • MaryG2E
    Feb 13, 2018
    Beyond the Orchard started well and engaged my interest early. The premise of the story is good: grandfather requests grand-daughter to come home from UK to coastal Victoria, with promise to reveal something "that will explain everything". Granddad lives alone in a derelict mansion on ...