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A Season in Eden Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm) (Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006108705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061087059
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,006,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the story unfolds it becomes apparent that Lora is paralysed by grief following a death. She is helped by the friendship of a young man who comes to help on the farm while her husband is away working. This story is set during a time of great hardship on the land and when more hardship comes her way she finds her confidence. A tender love story beautifully written with characters that are easy to like.
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I would strongly recommend this book. Thje pace is slow, like the seasons but you get totally engrossed in the story and it is a wonderful, timeless analysis of a marriage. The characters are very carefully defined and you watch Lora, the main character evolving as the story unfolds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, touching and moving story 27 Oct. 1999
By Bonnie Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although Lora Cameron loves her husband Eli, she is drowning in unhappiness and pushing him away. Once upon a time Lora was happy, before tragedy struck and she cannot feel any more. Now there is nothing but sadness.
Money problems arise and Eli decides to go away for the summer to a faraway logging camp and Lora knows it is for the best. When Eli brought Will Bennet, a drifter, home as a hired hand to take care of things while he's gone Lora does not want him around. Like no one Lora has ever met, Will makes breakfast for Lora, wants to hear her thoughts, and most of all recognizes her sorrow. Lora finds herself wanting to be a mother figure to Will, although Will feels differently about Lora.
When Eli comes home after a logging accident, Lora must face her feelings for her husband and the tragedy that robbed them of their happiness. I found A Season in Eden to be a wonderfully moving book. Megan Chances writes like no other, moving and and touching, not covering up for mistakes and with unperfect characters.
Living all my life in the Pacific Northwest I know exactly where Yakima is and the hardships the settlers must have endured. Hot, hot summers and cold, cold winters. Sagebrush and hills. Nothing for miles but beautiful blue sky and dust. My husband's family is from Selah, just a few miles from Yakima. We'd go to the Yakima Valley for the weekend and all I'd think about was which wineries to tour. Now the Yakima Valley is full of wineries, vineyards, hops, apple trees and cherry trees. Nothing like it was 115 years ago. I think that's what I loved best. The history and I could imagine exactly what it was like.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving - worthy of 5+ stars 21 April 2000
By Barks Book Nonsense - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Season in Eden is a painful read filled with heartache andgrief. It is not the type of book I, the love and laughter type,normally choose to read. Written in first person it is the story of Lora, a young woman whose dreams have been shattered by tragedy. It is the story of her coming to terms with her grief, facing it, and reestablishing a relationship with her husband Eli who loves her more than his own life. Although not a typical love story, this book left an emotional impact on me like very few do and I ended up finishing it in one tear blurred sitting. I was wholly satisfied and give it my highest recommendation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Megan Chance is a great writer 30 July 2004
By Isobel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
She just doesn't deserve to be listed in the historical romance category. She's being compared to the Grapes of Wrath.....there's your first clue. Steinbeck was no romance writer...nor is she.

It's a moving story, if that's what you want to read. No romance...period.
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down 3 Jan. 2013
By Katie Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Rich in LauraIngallsesque historical details, with beautiful prose, a heart-wrenching plot that had me in full tears on the public Bart train, and a redemptive ending that gives you some sad but warm fuzzy feelings. Sometimes the way Chance turns a phrase or describes something beautiful stays with you....as this story surely will. A great read.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another "Grapes of Wrath" 20 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The tone of this story is very melancholy but poetically so. I certainly wouldn't call it a romance, but it is a love story, and I applaud the craftsmanship required to pull off something this unique. I also admire the beautiful prose, the incredible historical detail, the way the author breathed life into her characters and wove her setting so tightly into the story. The book made me grateful for my own life and made me want to be happy for the sake of others, if not myself. That says something--when you apply what you've learned from a work of fiction to your own life. It means what you read was powerful. The closest thing to it that I recall is Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath."
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