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The Excellent Lombards de Jane Hamilton
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The Excellent Lombards (2016 original; edició 2016)

de Jane Hamilton (Autor)

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"Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go."--… (més)
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Títol:The Excellent Lombards
Autors:Jane Hamilton (Autor)
Informació:Grand Central Publishing (2016), 288 pages
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Finished reading The Excellent Lombards last night a bit unexpectedly since the reading guide came up as part of he book.
The story is narrated by Frankie who grows up with her slightly older brother William on an apple orchard run by her father and uncle. Frankie and William love the rhythm of the apple growing seasons, the picking, the making of cider, the selling at the market,etc. - as youngsters they want for nothing else. As Frankie grows older she begins to understand lessons from her teacher and from Gloria, a dedicated farm assistant, and second wife to her father. But as time passes so does the idealic life of a complicated business. New relations come to stake a claim in the future of the farm and Frankie rails against the changes that she sees, her most impressive rant comes from her own brother actually wanting to go off to college, something Frankie never thought about.
Mrs. Hamilton has done an excellent time of evoking a time and place and used many of her own experiences to bring Frankie to life, a pleasant read.
  novelcommentary | Jul 17, 2018 |
well written story of a young girl, Mary Frances growing up on her family's apple orchard, farm.. She along with her brother William grow up in a wonderful world .But growing up can be tough as Frankie and William discover that it is a shared farm and maybe not the secure inheritance they believe or maybe their parents are not as perfect as they appeared. And William decides to go away to college and Mary Frances takes it as a personal abandonment. We witness Mary Frances's growing up and it is poignant indeed. ( )
  Smits | Oct 9, 2017 |
I have no idea why, but I really enjoyed this book. I mean, nothing really happens in it, and it should have been boring, but I just loved the characters and the writing was spot on. My one complaint, maybe, is that the main character is so juvenile, she acts like she stays the same age throughout the book, but years pass and other characters mature and grow, leaving her behind. Or maybe that was the part that held my interest, once again, this book is good, for no good reason.

I won this from a goodreads giveaway ( )
  cdevine18 | Sep 17, 2017 |
Mary Francis "Frankie" Lombard would like nothing more but to continue to live and work on her family's apple orchard for the rest of her life. However, land developers, a relative coming out of the woodwork with an interest in the farm, and a mother who wants Frankie to experience life outside the apple orchard, all threaten to destroy a child's dream. This book follows Frankie from a young child to the cusp of adulthood as she grapples with the fact that everything is changing.

This is the type of book I like to describe as "nothing happens, but yet everything changes". It is much more focused on the characters, specifically Frankie, than action. Unfortunately, for much of the book I just didn't feel a connection to Frankie and was often bored while reading. Something just fell flat for me although I will say the second half of the book was more enjoyable than the first. By no means is this a bad book, the author is a talented writer, it just wasn't the book for me.

I received a free copy of this book and that is my honest review. ( )
  fastforward | Apr 3, 2017 |
I loved the narrator of this book, Mary Frances/Frankie/Imp/Francie/Marlene/MF. (Everyone seems to see her differently and at least label her differently.) She grabbed my heart like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Although they are very different, they were both so real, full of attachment to people they loved along with great frustration and confusion with the adult world.

Jane Hamilton's writing is beautiful.

Mary Frances knows the apple farm where she's growing up is where she belongs: the smell, the trees, the places to hide, the rambling buildings, the wild nature, and seeing her father in his element. However, she constantly worries that the farm will be whisked out from beneath her by one of her farflung relatives. Her fears are understandable; her uncle owns half the orchard, an uncle and older cousin arrive to work on the farm, her beloved brother loses interest in hanging out there with his sister, and her mother pushes Frankie to leave during the summer. Economic issues also become more visible to her over time.

Hamilton obviously understands the feelings of preteen and teenaged girls and their rather contrary actions. She voices Mary Frances perfectly; such strong (not necessarily insightful) views of her parents and great-aunt! I couldn't help but care about everyone in MF's immediate family.

Some readers may have issues with this book. Hamilton leaves us somewhat up in the air, wanting more. (I would have loved to follow MF and her family further into her life, beyond high school. I almost feel like there could be a sequel, although it's not necessary.) This is definitely a character-driven, not plot-driven book, so if you're looking for action or conclusions, this is probably not the book for you. The action happens in MF's head and memory. Like most girls of her age, her narration is not completely reliable and her coming-of-age (maturing) is not straightforward. For me, what was going through her head was enough action, but it may not satisfy everyone. ( )
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"Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go."--

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