It held my attention in the beginning, and for the first third, approximately. Then the inability of any of the characters to open their mouths and talk to each other becomes tedious. Then extremely tedious. Finally, unbearably tedious. That would be tolerable if this were a book in which something happens, but it doesn't, much. I could sum up the plot in, probably, 3 sentences. I DID finish the book because it became a challenge to see if I could keep reading it and not throw it against the wall in frustration. Also, while there are lots of paragraphs about the orchard, I never really felt it. In fact, though clearly, by their actions, the main characters do have feelings, their inability to express them even through the author makes them seem two-dimensional. Unfortunately, the two main characters don't even have two dimensions that are clear. No one does.
In short (which nothing in the book was) not the characters, nor the setting, nor the writing is worth the effort of reading this book. It's a slog. You know what happens by reading the summary. Don't expect anything else to happen, because it doesn't.

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