The Orchard Lover
A Novel

Now a IBPA Silver Medalist!

"McCausland's lush novel draws readers into a Maryland town as the locals live through the Great Depression...This is an excellent story of personalities that tumble and clash." 

- Publisher's Weekly 


"Each page reveals layered secrets that will keep readers turning pages...McCausland's delicate prose is poetic and deftly written." - The BookLife Prize

"Engaging!" - Writer's Digest

A Novel


About the Book

Alden Forth was raised to believe she could never have true love. So each year, when the peaches ripen on her farm, she takes a lover, only to let him go after a few short weeks. That is until the summer she finds her simple way of life threatened as her grandfather, her last surviving relative, descends into dementia. The arrival of a revivalist minister further upsets the balance in Alden’s rural hometown, for the minister’s vehemence to save souls has no bounds. Quickly the town’s carefully constructed boundaries begin to crumble, turning neighbor against neighbor, sibling against sibling. In the end, Alden must face the truth about her grandfather’s disease and the damning accusations of the minister and decide whether love is the thing that will save her or if it will destroy the only life she’s ever known. 

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About the Author

Christianna McCausland is an independent writer based in Maryland. Ms. McCausland is a graduate of Emory University and attended the Johns Hopkins University’s Masters in Writing program. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in publications including The Christian Science Monitor, Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, The Washington Post, People, and at She is the author of the nonfiction book Maryland Steeplechasing. Ms. McCausland’s nonfiction work was acknowledged with an Excellence in Journalism award from The American College of Emergency Physicians and an Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Learn more about her nonfiction work here. The Orchard Lover is her first work of fiction. 

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Praise for The Orchard Lover

The Orchard Lover was awarded a silver medal for "Best New Voice: Fiction" by the IBPA in March 2019. Read all about it here!

Publisher's Weekly describes The Orchard Lover as "a lush novel". Read the complete review here

Jurists at The BookLife Prize called The Orchard Lover a deftly-written page-turner. The complete review is available now.

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