This book’s description deemed it “A heart-warming short story to curl up with” and it really was just that. Admittedly, it didn’t take me long to read at all (hence the shortness of this review). Even in the very few pages the narrative takes place over, it really holds some heart-warming messages.
The reader is instantly welcomed by the friendly voice of Joe, which immediately made me want to read on to see how his story unravels. The fact that the narrative starts with his voice allows the reader to identify with him and build a sense of empathy, meaning that you care even more for him when things start to go wrong.
As someone from a small rural village, it was lovely to sample a piece of fiction that mirrored the same kind of close-knit community feeling that I have experienced as I was growing up. I especially loved that the main relationship between Joe and Emilia shows that a difference in age doesn’t affect the strength of a friendship.
It takes much less than a day to read, but I would recommend The Apple Orchard to anyone in need of something to lift their mood. It most definitely fits the cliché ‘short but sweet’.